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 childhoodSometimes 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.
Impulse 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
I started out with really high hopes for this after enjoying Hopkins Tricks series Unfortunately, Impulse is a pretty terrible book, with severe issues of mental health being tackled sort of horribly and a shitty love triangle no one cares about And besides that, it contains the most homophobic storyline I have ever had the displeasure of reading I am not joking or exaggerating when I say this storyline genuinely reads like someone s conversion therapy manifesto Let s talk Before you call me an [...]
Why Impulse is the WORST Book I ve Ever ReadWarning This review will contain unmarked spoilers Also, if you loved this book and are going to be angry if someone didn t like it, you may want to keep scrolling.Oh boy Where to start This is my second time reading this book The first time was about a year ago, and it has stuck with me as one of the worst books I ve ever read I decided I wanted to do a reread as of an in depth analysis, looking for the problematic aspects I picked up on the first ti [...]
3.5 stars The fact is, this is my third read by Ellen Hopkins and all of the books I ve read so far have affected me quite deeply I ve discovered in this past year that I really like novels in verse, I couldn t imagine it being my thing before I first picked up Burned but all the ones I ve read have been all the emotional, moving and effective because of it Before I start on about what I don t like, I ll just say now this book is worth your time if you are okay with the depressing, disturbing a [...]
I started this book very excited Firstly, the cover looked interesting, then I saw that the story was written in verse form and my excitement level went higher Perhaps my expectations multiplied my disappointment Halfway through the book, I was only reading because I had already started and wanted to finish what I had started Now what to start with1 There were many times when I couldn t distinguish the voices of the three different protagonists I would start a chapter from a new person s perspec [...]
Impulse is a very short, but very powerful story.Ellen Hopkins is known for tackling those tough issues that are shocking to read about, but are particularly disturbing when they are about such young people Three characters lives intersect at a mental health facility, and at first the story is mostly about each one and how they landed there The story soon shifts gears, and it becomes about the bond these characters created We read on, wondering if they will be able to help each other get on wi [...]
It s hard to review this book, it really is Suicide is not something to be taken lightly, and it is also something very hard to grasp Something that we usually tiptoe around, nobody wants to be that close to death Ever What makes it so shocking is to wonder What can drive a person to such an ending Why is it that they couldn t see beyond their current situations, and why did they thought they had nothing left to loose.It was especially hard for me to read this because I ve been in this sort of s [...]
melissa413readsalotHoly noooooo I knew this was going to happen I just knew it I m guessing everyone would if they read the book This story is about three kids, Conner, Vanessa and Tony who all tried to commit suicide Each of their stories is very sad very sad They all end up in the same psych ward together and form a friendship One has overbearing parents that push their children to be the best, they have no warmth for the children They just keep pushing them And it pushes the one over the edge [...]
This novel, written in free verse poetry, is set at a mental institution and follows three teens who tried to commit suicide Conner is a rich kid with a perfect life who tried to shoot himself Vanessa, whose mother is also bipolar, is a cutter who went too far one day And Tony, who lived on the street after being abused as a child, tried to kill himself with a drug overdose Now they are all at a private mental hospital, trying to come to terms with what has brought them there.I d heard good thin [...]
Okay so, this was the first book I ve read from Ellen Hopkins Before I read it I had been avoiding her writing for a long time because the books looked lengthy and the style of poetry didn t seem to be right up my alley but I was proved wrong.Impulse is about three 17 year old teens who have each tried to commit suicide and failed They wind up in a treatment camp called Aspen Springs, and eventually find each other Together, they face their old demons and find new friendship The story is told in [...]
Impulse is not an easy book to read The plot is rather dark three teenagers find themselves at the same psychiatric clinic after failed suicide attempts Vanessa slit her wrist a little too deep during her routine cutting experiment Conner tried to shoot himself in the chest Tony overdosed on pills The reasons seem to be typical Vanessa suffers from bipolar disorder and cutting is her only way to get her mood swings under control Conner is going through a severe case of heartbreak after his relat [...]
This is an old review I did an in depth analysis of this book during my second read That review is much better Link review show Trigger warning for every bad thing ever and I mean EVERY bad thing Please only pick this up if you are comfortable with seriously mature subject matter.Also, semi rant ahead Be prepared.This is another one of those books that I m incredibly conflicted about I started off confident that this was going to be a four star book, but that slowly climbed down to a three, and [...]
I m left speechless by this book I think my heart left my body while reading this, and if anyone finds it please tell me.I absolutely loved this book This book was so beautiful, relatable yet heartbreaking all at the same time Vanessa cuts herself, I used to cut myself Conner is in a perfect family, and all he wants to do is kill himself I have what people would call a perfect family, and it s hard to live up to their expectations Then we have Tony who is the gay guy with a very rough past, and [...]
I was thinking of giving it 3 stars but the last 20% of the book made me change my mind My happiest memories have no place in the past they are those I have yet to create.Ellen Hopkins did a phenomenal job with this story it s powerful, heartbreaking and I do think it really shows the struggles and turmoils people with depression have And suicide it s even a harder topic to write about it goes deeper and it really hard to grasp every aspect and reasoning behind it I liked the main characters and [...]
Man, this book was breathtakingly beautiful It was sad, happy, angry,depressed and anything else you can think of.Man, it was so awesome Vanessa She was said to have red hair Everyone thinks she beautiful and sweet And I agree She fall in love with a guy named Trevor who broke up with her Trevor got Vanessa pregnant, Trevor wanted nothing to do with the baby SO she got an abortion Her mom had BPD and gave it to her Her dad is never home So the only option, to cut She gets caught and gets landed [...]
Okay, this audiobook may not have been the way to go I enjoyed the writing style, the flow, but the audiobook had multiple male POVs and the voices weren t different enough The mental health discussions intrigue me, the psychology nerd in me, but there are a host of trigger warnings for this book and a lot was hard to listen to Something about reading isn t as real as hearing a cutter idolize cutting and describe it I didn t connect to the characters and the instalove but I appreciated their mot [...]
This book bothered me so much.I was extremely interested in a book written in verse I had heard good things about Ellen Hopkins, so I decided to buy Impulse and it s sequel, Perfect.Three extremely troubled teens, in a psych hospital, trying to work through their problems and mental illnesses.These characters were shallow, and not likable I didn t like these characters I didn t care about them I couldn t relate to them Their language was also aggravating Teenagers do not talk like this What s it [...]
Yet another teen fiction author who was never a teen herself This book probably would have been good if the teenagers had acted like teenagers What s it like I ask Making love to someone Vanessa takes my hand I thought I knew, once or twice before, but now I see there was no love at all between us I won t know until I make love to you Gag me with a spoon Ellen Come on, these are seventeen year old kids Let s get real, please No teenager talks like that Not even seriously depressed ones Tony and [...]
Without WarningSometimes You re traveling A highway, the only road You ve ever known And WHAM A semi Comes from nowhere And rolls right over youSometimes You don t wake up But if you happen To, you know things Will never be The sameSometimes That s not So bad.Sometimes Lives intersect No rhyme, no reason Except, perhaps For a passing semi
Wow, just wow It didn t take me long to finish this book because it was fast paced and it just Wow that s all I have This was amazing I just the ending felt like I had lost Conner as a best friend Like, he just jumped off the cliff and i just thought i lost someone that was important to me What a major plot twist Ellen.
I ll go into my feelings later but a lot is bothering me and I m struggling with the characters I love Tricks and Crank by Ellen Hopkins but I just think there s too much going on in this one and it s not for me.
3.5 starsThis is the third book by this author that I ve read The first one was 2 stars and the second was 3 Her books are not for everyone She writes sad, gritty stories about all sorts of dysfunction and messed up youth I ve noticed two common themes that run through all of her stories drug use and insta love The characters were damaged and needy, which explains the holes they needed to fill Drugs, as well as a host of other things, plagued the youth in this book And so did insta love The word [...]
This book is great and really digs deep into heart touching topics I would recommend this to mature readers and even though I read the second book first by accident it wasn t confusing because yes it has a second book but it s from different character perspective so it was really cool to see it from this angle Definitely a great read.
Impulse by Ellen HopkinsI ve never known anyone to personally who has attempted suicide or anyone who s life is pure horror with scarred relationships till I read Impulse by Ellen Hopkins The book tells from the three character s point of view about their life and their everyday struggle to control their inner demons Ellen Hopkins has shown me how lucky I am for having a good life.Connor is one of the three main characters He is your typical everyday popular guy He s a jock, has blonde hair, and [...]
I m still reeling after having just completed the reading of this novel I am humbled at just how little I know and how complex life is on so many levels This is a book of inside and outside stuff It raises so many questions for me Just how important is our environment in molding who and what we are What about relationships, especially family I think about resiliency and the difference one caring adult can make in a person s life Pain both physical and emotional difficult to treat and overcome Th [...]
Text to World This was a very dark, yet very effective story of three depressed teenagers who end up at the same treatment center I wanted to use this for text to world because I feel that it is important for people to understand what others around them go through Each of the teens in this story attempted suicide, and all for different reasons Whether it be overbearing and harsh parents, torment from previous relationships, or a long life of constant turmoil, these teens have been through it all [...]
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YES PLEASE This book was amazing At first I thought that the story would be hard to understand or that the world would make less sense since this book is all in free verse, but I loved the writing style and the way the words were projected towards us Yes, the story was dark and the characters were depressing, but I really loved it and was completely entranced in it the whole way through I got attached to the characters so quickly and just wanted and of their stories, all equally amazing all eq [...]
This novel tells the story of three teenagers who attempt suicide and find that, not only did they survive, but they are checked into a rehab facility and required to complete a twelve step program to be set free Connor is an all American boy who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth He has everything he could want except his life is void of love and affection from his family his mother in particular In an effort to fill this emptiness, he begins an affair with his teacher and falls in love [...]
As a ten year old novel, maybe this is just really dated but I felt like so much of this was problematic by today s understanding of this book s material, and even though the themes came from a place of wanting readers to relate and see that there is hope well, sometimes, LET S KEEP IT REAL I just kind of felt a little squirmy reading it because it was likeme stuff with how various mental illnesses were described was fully not okay Also, the voices of the teenage characters drifted from 1930s Br [...]
UGGGHHH This book bothered me SO MUCH.At the beginning, it s good Even in the middle it s okay But the end Complete and utter bullshit Did she do NO research or did she just decide to pull it out of her ass First of all, you are not allowed to leave a psych ward until you re discharged Second of all, they don t have trips that you have to go on in order to get discharged And to suggest that they would take you on a trip to hike and rock climb, you know, with suicidal kids ON CLIFFS, is just ludi [...]