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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Generation Dead by Daniel Waters {Review}

Title: Generation Dead
Author: Daniel Waters
Series: Generation Dead #1
Publisher: Hyperion
Date: May 6th 2008
Pages: 392
ISBN: 9781423109211
Source: bought
Purchase: GENERATION DEAD (Generation Dead Novels)

Summary from Goodreads:

Phoebe Kendall is just your typical Goth girl with a crush. He’s strong and silent…and dead.

All over the country, a strange phenomenon is occurring. Some teenagers who die aren't staying dead. But when they come back to life, they are no longer the same. Feared and misunderstood, they are doing their best to blend into a society that doesn’t want them.
The administration at Oakvale High attempts to be more welcoming of the “differently biotic." But the students don’t want to take classes or eat in the cafeteria next to someone who isn’t breathing. And there are no laws that exist to protect the “living impaired” from the people who want them to disappear—for good.
When Phoebe falls for Tommy Williams, the leader of the dead kids, no one can believe it; not her best friend, Margi, and especially not her neighbor, Adam, the star of the football team. Adam has feelings for Phoebe that run much deeper than just friendship; he would do anything for her. But what if protecting Tommy is the one thing that would make her happy?

My Thoughts:

Generation Dead isn't your typical zombie book. You won't find rotting corpses nor do the zombies hunt their living counterparts. They may as well be just like you and me, only dead and slower in their speech and movements.
Phoebe, our main character is a goth, which in this book is kinda odd; seeing as there are dead kids in her school. For some unknown reason the youth of America has been coming back after they die. In Generation Dead, there is no rhyme or reason as to why this is going on, nor does anyone understand why certain teens come back and others don't. And it is only the teens that are coming back, no zombie adults here! The town of Oakvale seems to be one of the best places for the "living impaired" to be, seeing as they are allowed to attend school at Oakvale High.
Tommy Williams is the "living impaired" kid that Phoebe becomes intrigued by. At first she doesn't want to be anything more than his friend, and even then her "live" friends are kinda iffy about that. Margi is Phoebe's best girlfriend and while she is goth like Phoebe, she wants almost nothing to do with the dead kids. Adam is a football player and while him and Phoebe are friends and neighbors, they don't really hang out or talk much at school in the beginning. Adam is realizing that what he feels for Phoebe may just be something more than friendship, and he doesn't really like the fact that she is starting to like Tommy, although he is more accepting of it and the dead kids than Margi is.
There is a lot of drama, normal teen-angst and romance in the book, and while most of the obvious questions don't get answered in this installment, I feel confident that we will begin to get some answers int he next two books. The writing is amazing and I could really see the "living impaired' in my head. I felt as though I was at most of the places that the kids all ended up and experiencing what they were. It isn't often that i can get sucked into a book so much that I dream about it, but Generation Dead had me dreaming of Adam and Tommy on the football field for their one game, and dreams of Homecoming with Phoebe in her "moonlight" inspired dress.
I am impatiently searching and waiting for the remaining two books in the series and can't wait to get my hands on them, especially after the sad but happy ending of Generation Dead.

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