Friday, September 03, 2010

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

Three teenagers meet in a mental hospital. All have tried to commit suicide and all have deep secrets that they are reluctant to share. As they get to to know each other, Connor, Vanessa and Tony bond deeply and see the good in each other. Their problems are many--including sexual abuse, drug addiction, cutting, and of course, failed suicide attempts. Their friendship evolves as they go through different levels of therapy, and they seem to be improving when they are all chosen to go on a challenging wilderness adventure. What happens there is heartbreaking. This is a very mature book, and it will be enjoyed by readers who like reading about teen problems and complex friendships.

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