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Impulse Paperback – May 20, 2008
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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.
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- Publisher : Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 20, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 688 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1416903577
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416903574
- Reading age : 14 years and up
- Lexile measure : HL680L
- Grade level : 9 - 12
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 1.7 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #27,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What happens with Tony and Vanessa in my opinion, was fine. Tony had no sexual interaction that was consensual to that point in his life so he genuinely had no idea if he wanted to get into a relationship with a woman or not, and that’s where Vanessa came in. I was very happy to see those two be happy together, even though it could be a little cringeworthy at some points. What bothers me, and again spoilers don’t read this next part of you haven’t read the book. Is Connor’s death, the suddenness of it was portrayed really well, displaying how quickly a seemingly fine person can deteriorate into suicide with little to no warning, Connors death isn’t what I have a problem with, it’s Tony and Vanessas reaction to it. Although it was shown repeatedly that all three of them were unwell, I figured Tony and Vanessa would feel, or at least show, a little more grief, especially Tony. He had a little bit of a breakdown and got upset, but I feel like Tony’s breakdown should have been significantly more devastating that what is was. Still a wonderful book fully deserving of five stars.
Personally I found that all three of the main characters had unique stories and I liked that when they all interacted, you could get the point of views from each of them instead of just having one character that we know the thoughts of. I like knowing each characters perspectives on the situations.
There were some shocking moments, and some disturbing moments as to be expected. Although a little watered down on the disturbing side but this isn't an adult novel so it's to be expected. At the time of purchasing this novel, I also took the chance and bought two other Hopkins novels, just based on the assumption that I would like them (as in, perhaps I should have just bought one first to see if I enjoy it, then I can go out and buy more). And I'm glad I liked Impulse because now I'm looking even more forward to read the other two books I got.
Reading her books is like seeing the situation first hand.
As a recovering addict, I see both sides of what the drugs do.
Thank you for bring this to the forfront in a tastefullway.
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This one wasn't as crap as Identical but wasn't as good as Burned either. I was just bored to be honest. The book hooked me from the beginning and I loved finding out about Tony, Conner and Vanessa's lives but towards the middle I just stopped caring so much and wasn't surprised by the ending at all, as Ellen seemed to connect with this character less than the others.
Ellen Hopkins absolutely hates these characters. I felt sorry for J.K. Rowling's characters, at least she gave them a quick death, Ellen is letting them suffer slowly and won't even let them die. Neglect, Child Abuse, Rape, Self Harm, Drugs, it got sillier the more I read on, which is were found myself not giving a damn - because it because less believable to be honest.
And then there's Vanessa. Vanessa appears to be the hottest girl on the face of the planet and can even turn a gay guy straight. Both Tony (the gay guy in question) and Connor have the hots for her the moment they see her and it's just a question of who gets her, of course. There's some pretty crappy sappy (hey that rhymed) romance, deep talk crap later on and I think I skimmed over before my brain turned to mush and I started eating the book.
Overall, Burned isn't getting a partner yet. I plan to read the sequel, Perfect as that's told by Connor's twin sister Cara and I'm really hoping that it's not as stupid. I'll keep trying Ellen's books, I'm sure one day Burned with have a similar book sitting next to it, proudly on the shelf.