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“Impulse was the very first book I read by the author, Ellen Hopkins. I am now completely infatuated in her poetic style of writing and her fictional, but completely realistic, tales. Impulse is about the fate of three teenagers' decisions that intertwine their lives in a perverse way. Each...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Good book. Recommended it to a lot of my friends. ”shay wrote this review 5 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is an great book but be prepared to cry. Warning: triggers”Nyssa Kilbride wrote this review 10 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was a great read. Very sad to read at times.”Shanie Keimig wrote this review 4 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When I first started reading this book, I never finished. But now that I have gotten around to finishing it, I thought it was really, really good. It's the story of 3 teenagers- Connor, Vanessa, and Tony- who are all in a place called Aspen Springs, which is a psychiatric hospital for kids who have tried to commit suicide. Vanessa is a beautiful girl who just could not keep her demons away. So she turned to the blade. Tony had a rough childhood, so he turned to the bottle. And Connor, who seemingly had the perfect life, turned to the gun. And Impulse is the story of their friendship with each other, and their unexpected love for each other that will either end them, or give them a new beginning.
I would definitely recommend this book to any teenager who likes books that kind of have a rough edge to it. I would also recommend this book to anyone who has previously read other books of Ellen Hopkins. Impulse is obviously in verse, as are her other books, so if you like books in verse than you will enjoy this. All in all, it was a great read, and I think anyone who reads it will enjoy it as much as I did. ”
“This is the second Ellen Hopkins novel that I've read and it stands up right against "Burned". Hopkins delves into the hot topic of teenage suicide and mental illness as perceived by teenagers. Verse, for me, has always been difficult to get through, however, "Impulse" is written in a way that easily conveys what the character is thinking and feeling while maintaining it's rhythm and style. The ending is somewhat abrupt yet entirely realistic for the path of each character. While I had hoped that it would end on not quite such a sour note what happens to each character is most likely something that has happened and will happen to teenagers who are dealing with a mental illness unless they get the help they need.”Jenn D wrote this review Tuesday, April 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A mostly good book about three teenagers who are all in a recovery center after attempting suicide. Don't be put off by the fact its all written in poetry because it just reads like a normal book, except you get through the pages about twice as fast (so although its 600 odd pages, its only like reading 100 or 200).
The things I didn't like were the very detailed and in depth description of one of the characters self - harming, I just found it really gross. I also didn't like that one of the characters though he was gay, and the way her acted and all of his issues with sexuality just seamed like one big stereotype. Other parts of his character were all right, but his sexuality didn't really seam well though out. Overall I found it difficult to connect with any of the characters.
However, its defiantly a page turner. I got through the majority of the book in maybe 3 hours, part of it is that its written in poetry, so there are less words per page than a normal book, but its still very difficult to put down. The ending is great too, and totally unexpected.
My first Ellen Hopkins book I read, I don't think I'm going to read another any time soon, but the book was not unenjoyable and is good if you want a quickish read. ”
“this book was really good! this book is about different people with different problems that all end up in the same place. in the end when they come together, they all forget about there problems and focus on the goal. the end will not be what you expected and the end will mess with your emotions. ”Elizabeth Gabbard wrote this review Tuesday, March 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“i absolutely LOVED this book. i was so addicted to it i was so antisocial for like, a whole weekend- i just plonked myself on the lounge and read the whole weekend. i finihsed it in two days! it was such an amazing book and i recommend it :)”grace wrote this review Monday, March 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Impulse by Ellen Hopkins is a book about three teenagers who all meet in a mental rehabilitation. the book is written completely in poem form but it still has dialog. The book really helps the reader understand the life of someone who is really fighting a war within themselves. i really liked this book because i loved seeing the characters past affect them in rehab and how they progressively were able to reconnect to the real world. ”NinevehG wrote this review Wednesday, March 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a great story. It really encompassed the mood of three teenagers who need help with their thought processes on life, but it was still JUST light enough that it didn't become too depressing. Instead of just being an emotional read, it was philosophical/psychological, humorous at times, and surprisingly to-the-point about the issues addressed.
I thought the ending was a little predictable, and the characters' reactions to it didn't go deep enough, but other than that, I found the format to be really fun to read, as well as the psychology, attitudes of the kids, and the way the author didn't back down from a subject. I would recommend this to anyone who's thinking about it, because it really will contribute to your reading experience and maybe apply to your real life. ”