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Three female friends face midlife crises in a no-holds-barred exploration of sex, marriage, and the fragility of life.

Holly: Filled with regret for being a stay-at-home mom, she sheds sixty pounds and loses herself in the world of extramarital sex. Will it bring the fulfillment she is searching for?

Andrea: A single mom and avowed celibate, she watches her friend Holly's me
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Hardcover, 529 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Atria Books
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Meg ♥
So, Triangles. I've recently read a few of Ellen Hopkins' YA books and really enjoyed them. Since she usually does YA work I decided to try her first adult book.

She's known for tackling taboo subjects in her YA books, and she does so just as much in Triangles. A few things discussed are affairs, threesomes, swinging and much more. The story is told from the perspectives of three women who live parallel lives. I really enjoyed the story and was so into it in the beginning. Then it kinda became a
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Tara Hall
Oct 08, 2011 Tara Hall rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mothers, Women
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I was lucky enough to pick up an ARC of this three days ago. Every free moment has been devoted to reading it since.

I should say something as a word of warning. While many authors that started out in YA fiction have been making the jump to adult literature recently, many of their books could still be read by their teen fans. This is NOT one of those books. In fact I doubt it appeals to many people under 30. I find it highly unlikely that they would get it (as evidenced by the some of the other
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Crystal
I always find rating Ms. Hopkins novels extremely hard. I mean really how can one person "like" the stories that she creates?? They are all so dark and ugly and honestly they always make me feel uncomfortable. I decided to give this book three stars and I can't believe that I am saying this but it just wasn't ugly enough for me. I have read a few of her previous YA books so I just knew going into this, being it is her first adult fiction book, that I was in for a rough few days. I even had a sta ...more
Bonnie
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Thank you Simon & Schuster for allowing me to read this early! I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to read this.

’Two lines that never intersect are parallel. Two lines that intersect forming ninety-degree angles, are perpendicular. Perpendicular lines cross each other. Crossing lines. Today I’m thinking about how easy it is to be perpendicular. And about how, while parallel lines may not intersect, parallel lives too often do.’

Thoughts
I go
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Merary

Hmm, difficult . . . very difficult . . .

I have mixed reactions towards Triangles.
I have never read any Ellen Hopkins book. Until now. I'm well familiar with her Crank trilogy, but I just never got the time to read them. I have heard wonderful things about them: the verse is beautiful;
Hopkins creates well narrators, etc.
So, when I picked this book up--knowing that it was targeted to adults--I took it as a change to finally explore what everyone has been talking about. The plot sounded intriguin
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Denise~The Procrastinating Book Diva~
This was my first book by this author as I'm not a huge fan of YA. Since I listened to it on audio book, her verse type writing style didn't really come across. The characters were extremely engrossing and I found myself caught up in the lives of these 3 women instantly. Although it wouldn't take a literary genius to figure out which way the storylines where headed, I truly enjoyed the ride. The emotional punch of several parts of this story left me breathless. Other parts made me angry. One poi ...more
Annie
I won a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads.

Let me just start with the cover. The cover is beautiful. Now the cover does not make the book, but having a pretty one certainly does not hurt. The book is set up more like an epic poem or string of poems than a traditional novel. With that being said it is not the kind of poems that require you to figure out that because she said “it was storming out” that it meant she was an emotional wreck. Everything is spelled out. At the end of each
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Beth Knight
3.5 stars. I've read a lot of the YA books Ellen Hopkins has written and loved all of them. She's not afraid to tackle controversial, gritty topics, such as drug addiction. Triangles is an adult book dealing mostly with sexual relationships. This is another book that I suppose can be labeled "controversial " since there are some characters in here who commit adultery. I enjoyed this book but not as much as I enjoyed her YA books. I think it was more my frame of mind or mood that made it difficul ...more
Jodie
Triangles is nothing shy of marvelous. Ellen Hopkins has created a most wonderful piece looking into the lives of three very different women tied together in some way or another. You'll laugh, you'll cry. You may even connect with them.


As you peek into the lives of three women, each connected together either by friendship or family, you'll find their lives are really quite different, yet each woman struggles with their own battles and hardships of their life. Mainly their husband and the unhappi
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Greta is Erikasbuddy
Nov 15, 2011 Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Moms with teenagers
Wow! This book was awesome, confusing, shocking, sad, happy, and totally woman.

Sounds like a mood-swing, right?

Triangles is a book about three middle-aged women who all link up in one way or another. Kind of like a love triangle but without Switzerland, and the wooing, and you know... sparkles. I'm guessing that's why it's called TRIANGLES. My husband looked at the cover and thought it was referring to boobs.

I found it really confusing as we went through each woman's pov. Each one done in 1st pe
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Cornmaven
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Nancy
Ellen Hopkins has a way of connecting with her readers in a way that seems almost intimate and a little voyeuristic. Her novels are written in poetic verse - some more artistic than my non-artistic mind can wrap around - but the story is always touching on some level.

Be forewarned Hopkins is not a tiptoeing author. Her previous novels, written for young adults, tackles difficult subjects head on. This one is much more graphic than her previous books. Hopkins tackles the difficult stage of the mi
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Sterlingcindysu
Thanks to Atria Books for an ARC! My husband will lllloooooovvvvvvveee this cover.

1-7-12 Hopkins writes this in poetry so it's quite different in the way it's read--slower to read the poems that are written down two sides of the page and there's more of an emotional feel. The cover should tip you off to how steamy it is! It's been a long time since I've read a "bodice ripper" (and this book doesn't fall under that category) but depending on your imagination it could really rate an XXX! The stor
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Jen - ReadingwithPugs
I thought this book was absolutely delicious. I knew from just reading the synopsis that I would enjoy it but I didn't know I would enjoy it as much as I did! It was a book about women and how their lives intertwine, but also how different each one is. It is a story about families, love, life, hardships and trust.

I felt that Ellen Hopkins wrote a beautiful story with so many different elements. She is a gifted writer whose story can all at one make you laugh, cry, mad and happy. I felt like I kn
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Dr.
Oct 10, 2011 Dr. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dr. by: drcowgirl@aol.com
Odd. I have read a few of Ms. Hopkins books. They are all brutally honest. They are all very dark and shocking. I have a doctorte in Psychology and I specialize in addiction(all kinds....sex,drugs,gambling,food,etc.)I have heard many tales from clients in the past that were "sick"(for lack of a better term). So when it coes to sex I am rarely shocked.
I think Ms.Hopkin's writing will offend many, but in reality---this type of behavior happens all the time by our neighbors---we just don't realize
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Jessica at Book Sake
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I’m so glad that I requested this book! I’ve only read two other books by Ellen Hopkins (Crank and Impulse), but after reading Triangles, I remembered why I love her writing so much. Hopkins’ style is incredibly unique and refreshing. She often utilizes techniques such as emphasis, indentation, or text shape to convey an underlying meaning or reinforce the significance of a particular verse. I’ve never read anything comparable to it before.

Triangles is essentially the adult version of
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Abish
Ellen Hopkins is a popular teen writer and this is her first adult novel. I have not read any of her books previous to this one and was not impressed. Her books are written in verse and at first I found it interesting and quick to read. After a while, the novelty wore off and it just got annoying. Throughout the book, the story would be interrupted by an actual poem about what just happened. The extra poetry slowed down the story when I already wanted it to be over. I knew the book was covering ...more
Sarah
I was pumped to get a copy of Hopkins' adult debut at ALA this summer. I'm a big fan of her YA work and I was very interested to see how her style would translate to adult fiction. This tells the story of three interconnected women and how their lives are changing as they approach middle age. I actually found this book to be less risque than her YA books - the main focus of this is sex and it's not all that unusual sex (for the most part). I think what Hopkins really tried to do here was explore ...more
Tracee Gleichner
Ok, I have to admit. I have never read the Crank series. I own it, but it is sitting on my TBR pile crying out to be read. Unfortunately, it is fighting with so many other books that it continues to sit. But, when I was offered the opportunity to review Triangles I knew that it was time to bite the bullet and pick up a book by this author. I am so sorry I waited!

This is the story of three friends going through different dilemmas in their lives. Each stressful in their own right, the author has g
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Janie Johnson
I was not sure how I wanted to rate this book. Even though this was not one of my faves it was still very well written. We see a whole new side to Hopkins with this book, but still it felt so honestly written. Maybe I did not like it as much because it was not one of her YA books, something I have been used to. One thing for sure though is that her poetic side is just as prominent in this book as in all the others.

Our characters in this book are still very real and very much believable. We look
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Trisha
"Damaged love is like injured skin, I guess. Sometimes a wound will heal completely. Other times, it leaves a scar."

This book hit me at a weird time. I typically don't like adult books like this. And I REALLY dislike reading about spouses that cheat. And this whole freaking book is all about it.

But, then again, it's not.

This is a REALLY in-depth look at relationships - about love and marriage and the idea of commitment. Why people do commit and why it doesn't work. What makes one person leave m
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Destiny
This book was very good. I read it anytime I had the free time. This book is connected to Tilt, also written by Ellen Hopkins. It is interesting, because this book is the point of view from the parents. I had times where I recognized certain situations since I have read Tilt before. Andrea, Holly, and Marissa were the three main characters in this book. Their stories kept going back and forth throughout the book. Just as in Tilt, I had a hard time remembering which story went with which characte ...more
Flora Bateman
When I first opened this book my first thought was "Oh my god! Its written in poetry" and almost put it back down. I'm happy to say this is not the case. It does appear that was, but not everything is how it seems.

This is the story of three women, two are sisters and the other is a friend. Each has their own issues and crises to deal with and all are intertwined. One is having a mid life crises and is unhappy with her long term marriage. The other is divorced and looking for love again. And the
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Alicia
The concept of triangles and how many people's lives are a bunch of triangles is the backdrop for Marissa, Holly, and Andrea, three adult women whose lives are made up of these triangles. One is struggling with a disabled daughter and a gay son with a husband who is all but absent because of the demands of his job (and more), one is dealing with an empty marriage, children, with no creative outlet as she begins to write erotica and thinks she may be in love, and last is a woman who is always pic ...more
Sarah
To be published Oct 18, 2011. Picked up ARC at ALA Annual in New Orleans.

Well, I was wondering how Ellen Hopkins could get more adult, and, wow, she sure can! I must admit that the blatant discussion of swinging, threesomes, affairs, and disregard for the sanctity of marriage made me uncomfortable. And I’m a divorced woman who has done her share of living. But Hopkins has a way of bringing taboo topics to light for young adults in her books, so I’m not surprised that she tackled something simila
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Mickey Reed
This book is why I love Ellen Hopkins. Her writing is honest and gritty. She writes in first person, present tense, multiple POVs. She writes in gorgeous verse that jumps off the page and takes on true meaning when read different ways. She's a seriously talented writer. She has a such an ability with words. I've loved all of her stuff, but this adult book took it to a whole different level.

This book is outstanding! It's real and in your face. It's easy to get lost in the lives of these three wo
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Moonlight Gleam
Triangles centers in on the lives of three women, two sisters, Marissa and Andrea, and Andrea’s friend Holly and alternating narrators every few pages amongst these three women.

The story begins with Holly, a woman who has everything she could ever dream of. She is athletic, has a successful and attractive husband who gives her everything, and has three lovely children who all live in a dream house. Of course, behind all what seems to be the perfect life, not everything is as it seems. Holly cont
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David
So, this was the first novel written in verse I've ever read. I've never been a big poetry person, but I thought it might be interesting to check out. Three women begin to have middle-life crises of sex and more as they near their 40s. Holly has a marriage and children that might look perfect from the outside, but involves much repression on the inside. Holly's best friend Andrea is a single mom who spends much of her time consumer by her teenage daughter. Andrea's sister Marissa has a child wit ...more
Yan
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Read, Run, Ramble
Three women; three lives, three families – all interwoven. Hopkins makes her adult novel debut with Triangles and while I was never as blown away as I’ve been when reading her YA novels, I was still mesmerized and drawn in by her wonderfully written prose and her ability to broach tough subjects with naked truth and brutal clarity. Simply put, I love reading Hopkins’ novels – there’s always something to learn, something to ponder, and something to apply.

Holly seems to have it all – money, big ho
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dictate your future
when all
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else
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in a cardboard box, praying
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And if that
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to be the case,
hope freezing to death
is really as simple
as falling asleep,
to the lullaby of teeth chatter.
Dream bigger
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What its size,
will have varying
consequences. It’s not
possible to predict
what will happen
if you
open the gunnysack,
let the cat escape.
A liberated feline
might purr on your lap,
or it might scratch
your eyes out. You can’t
tell
until you loosen the knot.
Do you chance losing
a friendship, if that
friend’s well-being
will
only be preserved
by betraying sworn-to
silence trust? Once
the seam is ripped, can
it be
mended again?
And if that proves
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okay
when it all falls to pieces?”
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