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
It was especially hard for me to read this because I’ve been in this sor...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
Hopefully, I'll come back to this someday and when I do, I'll opt for the audio-book.
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
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
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
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
I'd heard goo...more
The free verse story starts off with three troubled teens dealing with failed suicide attempts in Aspen Springs psychiatric hospital. In the midst of all the chaos at the hospital, the three form a bond with one another. An unlikely group, a cutter, a junkie, and a rich kid suffering a self- inflicted gun shot wound. They fight off the demons that haunt them, together. Tony, a youth struggling to find his own sexual identity, becomes engulfed in Vanes...more
Impulse is written in a style similar to Hopkins’s other books (Crank, Glass, and Burned), which means that...more
Connor's overbearing family, only concerned about his GPA, or his making the varsity football team, or getting into an Ivy League college, offer no solace during his time of need. Feeling suicide is the only answer after a deeply emot...more
Impulse tells the story of three teens who meet at a psychiatric hospital after attempting suicide. It follows their story as individuals and as a whole. And it shows how they helped themselves and each other down the long road to a better life.
Hopkins's style of writing is unique and helps bring the story to life. Her characters are developed in such a way that you can't help but truly care for them and their wel...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
This book follows the lives of three teenagers that for different reasons, attempted to commit suicide. These three are all in a rehabilitation center called Aspen Springs. The trick to the book is that each character is his/her own narrator. I like that you can see thr...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
This book had three different characters. All three of them told their own stories...more
|FHS Book Club Responses||2||15||Oct 06, 2013 06:48PM|
|Ellen Hopkins Fan...: Impulse||2||12||Aug 12, 2013 04:49PM|
|Did anyone else fall in love with conner?||5||24||Aug 06, 2013 09:53AM|
|the ending....||14||56||Jul 03, 2013 11:09PM|
|Why didn't Conner talk about Kendra much?||2||15||May 13, 2013 01:12PM|
|Did you want connor to die?||7||23||May 12, 2013 06:36PM|