Collateral by Ellen Hopkins
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Triangles comes an exquisitely told story about a young woman torn between passionate first love and the gripping realities of war.

Meet Ashley, a graduate student at San Diego State University. She was raised in northern California reading poetry and singing backupin her best friend’s band. The last thing she ever expected was to end up a military wife. But one night, she meets a handsome Marine named Cole. He doesn’t match the stereotype of the aggressive military man she’d always presumed to be true; he’s passionate and romantic, and he even writes poetry. Their relationship evolves into a deeply felt, sexually charged love affair that goes on for five years and survives four deployments. Cole desperately wants Ashley to marry him, but when she meets another man, a college professor, with similar professional pursuits and values, she begins to see what life might be like outside the shadow of war.

Written in Ellen Hopkins’s stunning poetic verse style, Collateral captures the hearts of the soldiers on the battlefield and the minds of the friends, family, and lovers they leave behind. While those at home may be far from the relentless, sand-choked skies of the Middle East and the crosshairs of a sniper rifle, they, too, sacrifice their lives and happiness for their country at war. And all must eventually ask themselves if the collateral damage it causes is worth the fight.

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COLLATERAL

Loving Any Soldier

Is extremely hard. Loving a Marine who’s an aggressive frontline marksman

is almost impossible, especially when he’s deployed . . .

. . . Cole’s battalion has already deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. Draw-down be damned, Helmand Province and beyond

looks likely for his fourth go-round. You’d think it would get easier. But ask

me, three scratch-free homecomings make another less likely in the future.
 

About Ellen Hopkins

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Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, and Perfect, as well as the adult novels Triangles and Collateral. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at EllenHopkins.com and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsYA. For more information on Ventana Sierra, go to VentanaSierra.org.
 
Published November 6, 2012 by Atria Books. 513 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although the author assures readers she meticulously researched the book for details about the military and military life, she insists on calling Cole a “soldier,” which is a term appropriate to the Army, but eschewed by members of the Marine Corps.

Sep 16 2012 | Read Full Review of Collateral: A Novel

Clear Eyes, Full Shelves

It’s fitting that Ellen Hopkins’ newest novel-in-verse for adults, Collateral, shared its release day, November 6, with the United States election day.

Nov 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Collateral: A Novel

Newstalk 1010

While Cole becomes desperate to get married, she isn’t sure she wants to become a military wife and live with uncertainty day after day.

Nov 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Collateral: A Novel

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That’s startling considering that one in four killed by U.S. drones since 2004 was an innocent civilian, according to the New America Foundation think tank.

Mar 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Collateral: A Novel

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I really need to read an Ellen Hopkins book, don't I?

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