Impulse (Impulse #1)
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 painf...more
3.5 stars. The fact is, this is my third read by Ellen Hopkins and all of the books I've read so far have affected me quite deeply. I've discovered in this past year that I really like novels in verse, I couldn't imagine it being my thing before I first picked up Burned but all the ones I've read have been all the more emotional, moving and effective because of it. Before I start on about what I don't like, I'll just say now: this book is worth your time if you are okay with the depressing, dis...more
1. There were many times when I couldn't distinguish the voices of the three different protagonists. I would start a chapter from a new person'...more
Impulse is a very short, but very powerful story.
Ellen Hopkins is known for tackling those tough issues that are shocking to read about, but are particularly more disturbing when they are about such young people. Three characters lives intersect at a mental health facility, and at first the story is mostly about each one and how they landed there. The story soon shifts gears, and it becomes more about the bond these characters created. We read on, wondering if they will be able to help each othe...more
It was especially hard for me to read this because I’ve been in this sor...more
I'd heard goo...more
Impulse is about three 17 year old teens who have each tried to commit suicide - and failed. They wind up in a treatment camp called Aspen Springs, and eventually find each other. Together, they face their old demons and find new friendship. The story...more
I’ve never known anyone to personally who has attempted suicide or anyone who’s life is pure horror with scarred relationships till I read Impulse by Ellen Hopkins. The book tells from the three character’s point of view about their life and their everyday struggle to control their inner demons. Ellen Hopkins has shown me how lucky I am for having a good life.
Connor is one of the three main characters. He is your typical everyday popular guy. He’s a jock, has blonde hair,...more
This was a very dark, yet very effective story of three depressed teenagers who end up at the same treatment center. I wanted to use this for text to world because I feel that it is important for people to understand what others around them go through. Each of the teens in this story attempted suicide, and all for different reasons. Whether it be overbearing and harsh parents, torment from previous relationships, or a long life of constant turmoil, these teens have been through it...more
Impulse is written in a style similar to Hopkins’s other books (Crank, Glass, and Burned), which means that...more
A highway, the only road
You've ever known
And WHAM! A semi
Comes from nowhere
And rolls right over you
You don't wake up
But if you happen
To, you know things
Will never be
No rhyme, no reason
For a passing semi
Let's get the good out of the way first. Hopkins is, justifiably, well known for intense character studies that hold nothing back. And she does deliver that here. There's definitely some good in here, in the way she handles her characters' depression. And I feel like she did her research...more
Hopefully, I'll come back to this someday and when I do, I'll opt for the audio-book.
I read the book “Impulse” by Ellen Hopkins. Besides this book, I also read the crank series. I’m happy to say that “Impulse” blew that series away. I have never been able to find a book that made me cry, and the ending of this book did. The beginning of “Impulse” started out with three different stories of three different teenagers. They all had one thing in common; all of them attempted suicide and failed. Vanessa cut her wrists, Connor shot himself, and Tony took a bottle of pills. By the endi...more
Brutally honest. Depressing. Hopeful.
Vanessa, Tony, and Conner all attempted suicide and failed, and their paths cross at Aspen Springs where they become friends. I won't lie, this is a tough book. Tough to think that there are kids that actually have these lives. Ellen Hopkins is now another author I applaud for tackling real, difficult issues that teenagers face.
Impulse has great pacing, and is written in beautiful verse. Though I liked listeni...more
Impulse hooked me, shocked me and frustrated me. I wanted to know the characters myself, so I could talk to t...more
Downward into the spiral where
my mother's ghost still haunts me.
Screaming my name out like contraband
as she tears me apart
into little lines of angel dust.
Flutter flutter down down
echoing off the walls
I try to escape her noise
Away from the target of make believe
out of the mouth of babes
the truth is always told
Closer closer until
I see the light.
Ok ok... that's my lame attempt at Free Verse lolz. But OMG!! This book spoke to me. It was a birthday gift from my...more
The characters again are beautifully developed. The readers join in the life journeys of Connor, Tony, and Vanessa, all wi...more
At the beginning, it's good. Even in the middle it's okay. But the end? Complete and utter bullshit. Did she do NO research or did she just decide to pull it out of her ass?
First of all, you are not allowed to leave a psych ward until you're discharged. Second of all, they don't have "trips" that you have to go on in order to get discharged. And to suggest that they would take you on a trip to hike and rock-climb, you know, with suicidal kids ON CLIFFS, is...more
The characters were what drove this story. They were very real and you really care for them. This book is definately a favorite, and if you don't mind reading a novel that's written in verse, than you should definately read...more
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