13 August 2010

Day 13 - Fictional Book

This post was a tough decision for me because I typically prefer non-fiction over fiction. I am obsessed with autobiographies and memoirs and the real raw stuff. Thankfully, that is tomorrow's topic. I thought I might post about one of my favorite Jodi Picoult books because she is my favorite fictional author... but then, I thought maybe everybody knows about all her stuff already.

Everyone might already know about Ellen Hopkins too, but oh well! Ellen Hopkins is a young adult author, which makes me feel kind of lame (considering I am 29 years old) but technically, so is Stephanie Meyer (and people well above 40 read her books) so whatev! :)

I chose Impulse by Ellen Hopkins.

From Amazon:
Three teens tell their stories, in free verse, from a psychiatric hospital after failed suicide attempts. Their lives unfold in alternating chapters, revealing emotionally scarred family relationships. An absent father, a bipolar mother, and a secret abortion have caused Vanessa to slash her wrists. As a compulsive cutter, she hides a paper clip to dig into her skin. Tony's drug overdose was triggered by an addiction in which he exchanged sex for money. Abused as a child, he is confused about his sexuality. Connor is the son of rich, controlling parents, and he survives a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a doomed affair with a female teacher. Initially, the narrators are inwardly focused, having arrived at "level zero," the beginning of their treatment. As they become acquainted with one another, the story, told in spare verse and colorful imagery, becomes more plot-driven and filled with witty dialogue. Both boys value Vanessa's friendship and there is an inkling of competition for her affection, although she assumes that Tony is gay. During a wilderness camping trip with other patients and staff, which would graduate the trio to the final level of treatment, it becomes apparent that one of them is mentally backsliding at the thought of returning home and has stopped taking meds. The consequences are played out, leaving the others to grapple with an additional loss and a newfound appreciation for life. Mature fans of the verse format will devour this hefty problem novel.—Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY

*Always the psychology lover in me choosing books like this. I love how it is written in verse. I love every single thing about it. 

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