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3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  2,630 Ratings  ·  298 Reviews
The gripping story of a woman torn between love for her boyfriend, a dedicated Marine deployed to Afghanistan, and the resentment she has for the war that is tearing their lives apart.

Written in Hopkins’s stunning poetic verse style, Collateral centers on Ashley, an MFA student at San Diego State University. She grew up reading books and never dreamed she would become a mi
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Atria Books
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Nov 16, 2011 Bonnie rated it really liked it
A review copy of Collateral was kindly provided to me by Atria Books.

'Each returning soldier is an in-the-flesh memoir of war. Their chapters might vary, but similar imagery fills the pages, and the theme of every book is the same - profound change. The big question became, could I live with that kind of change?'

Alternating between the past and present, Collateral tells the story of Ashley and a marine named Cole. How they met. How they fell in love. How Ashley was transformed by Cole's deployme
Jun 22, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Ellen Hopkins Fans
{This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}
[...] Service. Sacrifice.
The problem with that being,
everyone attached to those
soldiers must sacrifice, too.
So, as some Afghani warlord
might say,
put that in your
pipe and smoke it. Okay, that
was actually my grandpa’s saying.
But it works, and what I mean
is, think long and hard before
offering your heart to someone
who can only accept it part time.

It’s fitting that Ellen Hopkins’ newest novel-in-verse for adults, Collate
Nov 24, 2012 Arlene rated it it was amazing
“You can’t patrol unfriendly villages without embracing paranoia. You can’t watch your battle buddies blown to bits without jonesing for revenge. You can’t take a blow to the helmet without learning to duck… Paranoia. Revenge. Bloodlust. These things turn boys into men. But what kind of men?”

As of late, I’ve found myself attracted to books that center on the recent war in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s these themes that seem to remind me about the things I tend to take for granted… our freedom, our
Jessica Price
I just have to jump right in and say OH MY GOD. The ending of Collateral was absolutely insane. Totally unexpected; I felt like I had been hit by a train. And I'm so glad that it happened! I was already disappointed thinking to myself about the way I thought it was going to end. Well Ellen Hopkins, you got me again! This is why we, your fans, love you.
I didn't know how I was going to react to this book at first because I knew it revolved around the military and marine subject matter. But of cour
Paula  Phillips
Oct 04, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing
When I saw Collateral was available for review, I knew I just had to grab it as I have read all of Ellen Hopkins Teenage books and have her latest two books Triangles and Tilt sitting on my Ipad to read, along with her earlier books which I purchased as I just love her work. I first fell in love with Ellen Hopkins books about three or four years ago when I picked up Impulse to read. I loved the way she used poetry to tell a story and the way Ellen targeted those edgy topics which as the years ha ...more
Danielle (Bookwhoreblog) Perez

Review Originally Post HERE

I have been a fan of Ellen Hopkins since first reading her free-verse novel Crank. The series about her daughter's drug addiction captured me and still haunts me to this day. I drifted away from Ellen's writing once her novels became mostly about teen issues and jumped back on board as a fan with her first adult novel Triangles. Collateral even though I enjoyed it falls short of her normal gripping heart wrenching tales.

Ellen is a master in tragedy and I always know I
Nov 20, 2014 Emerald rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-new-adult
“Love can complete you. It can also destroy you.”
Jul 27, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it
Collateral was about a woman in a relationship with a soldier. It is told in Ellen Hopkins signature verse style. It was the first adult book I've read by her and I had mixed feelings.

On one hand, I can't exactly fault her writing style. It is effective and I love how you are exposed to all the feelings of the main character. On the other hand, I found myself slightly annoyed by the verse style at times. I just felt like there wasn't enough actual style to it. I don't mind when poems don't rhyme
Heidi M
Apr 22, 2013 Heidi M rated it did not like it
Couldn't get into this book. The subject content was good but the free verse was very distracting for me. Has to stop reading it.
Renae Blanton
Jan 28, 2013 Renae Blanton rated it did not like it
this book was written like a poem and to confusing to read. I didn't like it.
Dec 02, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it
We always think we know what it is like to be a spouse or loved one of a military member serving overseas during wartime. We always think we know what the anxiety is like, the depression, worry, never knowing if your loved one is coming home or not, and all of the regular worries of every day life. I think unless we've been there, we've been in those shoes, we could never really know what it is like. However....

Reading Collateral was like being that person who has the loved one overseas in after
Jun 26, 2012 Jon rated it really liked it
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Prior to reading Collateral, I had only read one Ellen Hopkins book. I'm not a fan of realistic fiction but I'd rather be in some fantastic paranormal or sci-fi world. Reality is way too harsh and I'd rather read something unrealistic. Collateral is the story of Ashley who falls in love with a soldier named Cole. Collateral may not be for everyone as there are a few sex scenes, scenes in which the characters curse, and tons of heartbreaking moments.

Collateral is an poign
Jan 21, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I commend military wives. Of those in my family or ones I know, I don't think I tell them this enough. I've always admired their strength, but seeing their lives up-close it has also taught me that you don't always choose who you love. I've told myself time and time again that I could never be a military wife, but I'm sure some of those wives said the same least that is what Ashley always thought until she met Cole.

Ashley and Cole are very dynamic characters. In Collateral you follow
Dec 26, 2012 Soobee72 rated it it was ok
Hopkins apparently always writes in free verse. Collateral is about the relationship between Ashley, a grad student who falls in love with Cole, an active duty Marine serving in Afghanistan.

For me, this book fails on all levels. It's not a terribly good book of poetry (although it's not awful either), and it's not a terribly good novel. It's not that poetry cannot tell a story, and even here the poetry does tell a lot.

The problem for me is that it all felt very shallow to me, largely because the
Feb 16, 2013 Sherry rated it really liked it
This was the first Ellen Hopkins book I've read despite constantly ordering and purchasing her YA novels for my students and library. I've always been reluctant to try her YA novels because I perceive them as depressing and sad.

I decided to read Collateral because it was a love story. I'm a sucker for a love story and appreciate a good romance to lose myself in every once and a while.

The verse novel style made for a quick read but didn't lessen my involvement with the characters and story. My he
Beverly J.
Sep 01, 2012 Beverly J. rated it really liked it
Absolutely fantastic. I think this woman is one of the best writers ever. The ending was abrupt but I am not completely upset with that. It did seem a bit less prose that her earlier works too.
Sara Price.
Nov 01, 2014 Sara Price. rated it really liked it
This was a little bit different than I was expecting, but overall it was enjoyable. It had its flaws but the main characters were interesting to read from and of course the writing style is amazing!
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Sep 03, 2015 Abby Wigglesworth rated it it was amazing
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Sep 23, 2014 Destiny rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book pretty good. When I had free time, I wanted to pick this book up and continuing reading. This story gives some insight into how it could be when in a relationship with a Marine. There were some ups and downs and the downs were normally really bad. As I read through this, I felt real emotion. For example, when one soldier was in an accident and in critical condition in the hospital, I felt really sad for him and his family. I also felt very happy when Ashley, the main characte ...more
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Ellen Hopkins is one of my favorite writers . . . ever. I love her prose, characters, pacing, romance, and how she’s not afraid to write about taboo issues like prostitution, sexual abuse, etc. Ever since New Year’s Day of 2011, when I took a chance and downloaded Crank despite the fact that I was uncertain about the verse format, I fell in love and have since then read every book, YA or adult, that she’s published.

However, I have
Janie Johnson
Jun 28, 2013 Janie Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-challenge
Another great book by Ellen Hopkins, wrote with such realism and depth. The imagery was fantastic as well. So much so that I feel myself immersed into the story and becoming the characters. Again so much emotion to feel while reading this.

We follow Ashley and Darian who go out one day and they meet Cole and Spencer, who are marines. They both fall in love with their marines, but they both deal with their issues so differently. Like light and day, and I liked seeing the 2 different sides to the s
Ellen Hopkins hosted a contest a while back for photos of military families. I sent one in of Mike and I, just for the heck of it. I didn't think I'd be one of the winners, but when she contacted me via email, I was so excited. I love Ellen Hopkins. I've read every one of her books, with the exception of Triangles. I'm a huge fan of her writing style.

Collateral is the story of Ashley, a 20-something year old woman who meets a Marine named Cole and falls in love with him. She is a bit apprehensi
Lydia Presley
Collateral is the first book I've read by Ellen Hopkins and I approached it with hopeful optimism - mostly because I had heard that it was written in free verse style and, after having immersed myself in poetry this year, I thought it would be fun to try something like this.

At first the story really worked for me. It was the same story told a hundred times over - girl meets boy, boy is charming/cute/wonderful/strong/respectful/perfect, boy is in the military and is taken away from girl, etc... A
Heather (Fic Talk)
Aug 27, 2012 Heather (Fic Talk) rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Ashley is a graduate student. One night she meets Cole, a marine. He’s passionate, caring and a hopeless romantic who writes poetry. Their relationship goes on for five years, lasting through Cole’s four deployments.

Cole wants to marry Ashley, only she’s never seen herself as a military wife. When Ashley meets a professor at college who shares similar interests with her, she begins to see what life may be like without worrying over war and deployments.

This books is written in Hopkins’ usual vers
Jul 29, 2013 Sterlingcindysu rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I gave Hopkins a bonus star for writing this novel in poetry format. Just as in Triangles she was able to capture multiple characters' voices in few words. Whenever I start thinking, "boy, that's a dumb thing for her to do," you know the character has become real--and I really think that Ashley did quite a few dumb things and still needed to grow up even at the end of the book. She blamed her mother for being too complacent, but she was much, much worse. She depended on others to choose her care ...more
The Sweet Bookshelf
Nov 22, 2012 The Sweet Bookshelf rated it liked it
This isn't something I normally read but I wanted to try something new and see what I thought. This is what I imagine life of a military spouse is actually like. It is heart breaking. I don't think I could do it. Not ever. Not even in the name of love.

The narrator felt real. I felt like Ashley was actually talking to me and telling me her story. And I hated it. I wanted so much for things to work out. I wanted so much for things to not be so hard. I wanted her to move on and make something of he
Kelly Hager
Oct 27, 2012 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing
As with all of Ellen Hopkins' books, Collateral is a novel in verse. It's about Ashley, a young student at San Diego University. Her life is going along about like she expected until she meets Cole, who's in the Marines. They immediately hit it off (and have seriously intense sex) and manage to stay together through four deployments. Now Cole wants to get married and Ashley loves him but she also has met this other guy, someone with a similar background and could give her a life outside of the m ...more
Jan 06, 2013 Cait rated it liked it
It's good, but not Hopkins' best.

I am in a military relationship, and though I relate to about 80% of the book and the relationship they have, a lot of it is really misleading and misses the mark for accuracy in a military relationship. Hopkins paints Cole as this ignorant, bigoted and terribly abusive person, who basically and literally screws Ashley into staying with him. Their entire relationship is based on sex, and though it's a large part of the military, because it's another way of givin
Nov 17, 2012 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.0 out of 5 stars - free verse leaves too many important details from the story for my need as a reader.

This novel, about a college girl who falls in love with a Marine posted to active duty, seemed incomplete without the many details that develop a narrative into a full story that will ring true. As is typical of an EH book, the whole tone is actually quite depressing and the reader can feel another bad ending coming a mile away. A pet peeve of mine is that she alternates points of view and go
May 24, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, poetry
Telling the story of deployed militia and the family they leave behind, I found Collateral to be quite a departure from the norm for Hopkins. This is only her second foray into adult literature but so far, I haven't found her adult novels as compelling as those for young adults. This book is different from her usual fare for a number of reasons. First, it focuses on only one character - well, not exactly, but there's only one narrator. Additionally, this book is much more political than any of h ...more
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Ellen Hopkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Triangles, Tilt, and Collateral. She lives in Carson City, Nevada, with her husband and son. Hopkin's Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest pages get thousands of hits from teens who claim Hopkins is the "only one who understands me", and she can be visited at ellenhopkin ...more
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