Triangles: A Novel by Ellen Hopkins {Review}

05 October 2011
Title: Triangles: A Novel
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Atria Books
Date: October 18th 2011
Pages: 544
ISBN:  9781451626339
Source: publisher
Purchase: Triangles: A Novel

Summary from Goodreads:



In this first adult novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the unforgettable Crank trilogy, three female friends face midlife crises in a no holds-barred exploration of sex, marriage, and the fragility of life. Ellen Hopkins has made her mark as the wildly popular author of several novels for young adults—every one of them a New York Times bestseller, and every one a hard-hitting exploration of tough-to-tackle topics. Now, in Triangles, Hopkins brings her storytelling mastery and fearlessness to take on the challenges of adult dramas. In this emotionally powerful novel, three women face the age-old midlife question: If I’m halfway to death, is this all I’ve got to show for it? Holly, filled with regret for being a stay-at-home mom, sheds sixty pounds and loses herself in the world of extramarital sex. Andrea, a single mom and avowed celibate, watches her friend Holly’s meltdown with a mixture of concern and contempt. Holly is throwing away what Andrea has spent her whole life searching for—a committed relationship with a decent guy. So what if Andrea picks up Holly’s castaway husband? Then there’s Marissa. She has more than her fair share of challenges—a gay teenage son, a terminally ill daughter, and a husband who buries himself in his work rather than face the facts. As one woman’s marriage unravels, another one’s rekindles. As one woman’s family comes apart at the seams, another’s is reconfigured into something bigger and better. In this story of connections and disconnections, one woman’s up is another one’s down, and all three of them will learn the meaning of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness before it is through.



My Thoughts:


I have heard some really great things about Ellen Hopkins' writing, from reviews of her young adult books. But I have never actually read any of her work.

I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up this book. Triangles is written in poetic verse, which apparently is how Hopkins writes her books. I haven't read many poetic verse books and I find that I really do like them.

Triangles is an adult fiction book about three women, two are sisters, but they are all friends; Holly, Andrea, and Marissa.

Holly and Marissa are married while Andrea is divorced. All three have children. Holly is an almost 40 year old mother of three whom starts to look outside of her marriage for what she thinks is missing. Marissa is a mother of two, her son; Shane; is gay, her daughter Shelby has SMA. Andrea is raising her daughter Harley on her own, with very little help from her ex.

All three women have their issue's; Holly being the one that stands out the most to me. She has the perfect life, or so we think. A doting husband, three wonderful children and on top of it all, she doesn't have to work. But you soon find out that as great as she has it, she believes that she is being smothered and that she needs more... more sex, more affection...just more. She becomes the "whore" of the book and really just made me dislike her.

Andrea , as the single mother that ends up in one dead end relationship after another, caught my heart. I was her for a few years. Although, I didn't end up doing what she did, I did have my fair share of bad guys and liars.  And with an ex that all of a sudden wants to be a father, i know how she feels when it comes to sharing Harley with her ex and the doubts that arise.

Marissa is strong throughout most of the book, dealing with a teenager that is gay, and her failing 4 year old. I don't think that I could be married and deal with all of that on my own. As much as she is married, she may as wel be a single mother. Her husband Christian isn't around, and when he is; they are more roommates that share children than anything else.

Each main character is given her own little section as there aren't any "real" chapters in the book, and you will notice that while it is written in three different points of view, it really flows. All of the sections go together amazingly well, and the story is a powerful one.

I felt as though I was drawn into the lives of these women and my heart broke along with Marissa when she found out just how messed up her marriage was.

I don't want to give away too much, but know that this is a powerful read!


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  1. France said...:

    Good but sad. Ellen hopkins is one of my favorites. Its a little different from her teen series but not by too much.

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