Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

69%

9 Critic Reviews

In the end, IMPULSE is a gritty and realistic book for mature teens only. It can open the door to a lot of conversations, thanks to the myriad topics it covers.
-Common Sense Media

Synopsis

Sometimes you don't wake up. But if you happen to, you know things will never be the same.

Three lives, three different paths to the same destination: Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital for those who have attempted the ultimate act -- suicide.

Vanessa is beautiful and smart, but her secrets keep her answering the call of the blade.

Tony, after suffering a painful childhood, can only find peace through pills.

And Conner, outwardly, has the perfect life. But dig a little deeper and find a boy who is in constant battle with his parents, his life, himself.

In one instant each of these young people decided enough was enough. They grabbed the blade, the bottle, the gun -- and tried to end it all. Now they have a second chance, and just maybe, with each other's help, they can find their way to a better life -- but only if they're strong and can fight the demons that brought them here in the first place.
 

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 May 20, 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 679 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Impulse
All: 9 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
on Jan 23 2007

There’s a tiny place for love here, but readers familiar with Hopkins’ Burned (2006) or with signs of serious depression will anticipate the tragic ending. A fast, jagged, hypnotic read.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jan 22 2007

This is a thick book, but the free verse makes for a fast read. By book's end, readers may well feel the effects of each protagonist's final choice.

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Teen Reads

Above average
on Oct 18 2011

Even if you're not into poetry. You'll be amazed at how three diverse, complex, real stories can be told in so few words.

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Common Sense Media

Above average
on Jan 23 2007

In the end, IMPULSE is a gritty and realistic book for mature teens only. It can open the door to a lot of conversations, thanks to the myriad topics it covers.

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Booklist Online

Above average
on May 01 2009

Clues to the characters’ secrets are revealed early and frequently so that narrative tension is difficult to achieve.

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The Trades

Above average
on Jan 26 2007

Along the way, these characters mature and grow on the reader, each cutting a tragic figure that you can't help but care deeply about....Hopkins has crafted a masterpiece of young adult fiction through her poetic storytelling technique.

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Teen Ink

Above average
on Jan 18 2013

Impulse is a thrilling novel, one to tug at your feelings, one that really makes you think. It’s a genuine must read, provided you’re mature enough to handle the book.

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Teen Ink

Good
on Jan 10 2010

I highly recommended this book for anyone who is up for a challenge. If intense writing and meaningful life lesson's interests you, you will love this book.

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Reader Girlz

Above average
on Apr 09 2009

This book kept my heart and stomach in knots. It was a whirlwind of pain, humility, and sorrow. Everyone has secrets and some eat at us, slowly rotting us from the inside out.

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