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Sometimes you don't wake up. But if you happen to, you know things will never be the same.

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 painful chi...more
ebook, 688 pages
Published May 20th 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published January 23rd 2007)
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Emily May
Mar 30, 2012 Emily May rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who don't mind the disturbing
Shelves: poetry, young-adult, 2011


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
V.E.
I started this book very excited. Firstly, the cover looked interesting, then I saw that the story was written in verse form and my excitement level went higher. Perhaps my expectations multiplied my disappointment. Halfway through the book, I was only reading because I had already started and wanted to finish what I had started. Now what to start with...

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
Meg ♥


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
Jude
It’s hard to review this book, it really is. Suicide is not something to be taken lightly, and it is also something very hard to grasp. Something that we usually tiptoe around, nobody wants to be that close to death. Ever. What makes it so shocking is to wonder: What can drive a person to such an ending? Why is it that they couldn’t see beyond their current situations, and why did they thought they had nothing left to loose.

It was especially hard for me to read this because I’ve been in this sor...more
Jaclin
Dec 05, 2008 Jaclin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jaclin by: Stephanie Johnson
Ellen Hopkins. Amazing writer! I have been trying to figure out words that could describe this book and well I have only been abled to come up with a three. Oh My Gosh!! This book is one of those that you have no idea what it will come out as, and let me tell you when I finished it I was crying like a baby. Hopkins has a way of letting you into the charactors mind then trying put you into their shoes. I was told by a friend to read this book and so I took her word for it and like my mom said jum...more
Kirsten
This novel, written in free-verse poetry, is set at a mental institution and follows three teens who tried to commit suicide. Conner is a rich kid with a "perfect" life who tried to shoot himself. Vanessa, whose mother is also bipolar, is a cutter who went too far one day. And Tony, who lived on the street after being abused as a child, tried to kill himself with a drug overdose. Now they are all at a private mental hospital, trying to come to terms with what has brought them there.

I'd heard goo...more
Tatiana
Sep 12, 2009 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Shelves: 2009, ya, verse
"Impulse" is not an easy book to read. The plot is rather dark: three teenagers find themselves at the same psychiatric clinic after failed suicide attempts. Vanessa slit her wrist a little too deep during her "routine" cutting experiment. Conner tried to shoot himself in the chest. Tony overdosed on pills. The reasons seem to be typical - Vanessa suffers from bipolar disorder and cutting is her only way to get her mood swings under control. Conner is going through a severe case of heartbreak af...more
Rachel
Do not read this book if you're in a bad place--it's most definitely a trigger book. But I am absolutely in love with Ellen Hopkin's writing style. It's poetic, but not in a way that's trying too hard (considering it's a teen book). I love all of her books--they make me think about what I want from my life, if that makes sense. Okay, getting a tad too in depth, but I loved this book, even if it was depressing as crap.
Thomas
Feb 10, 2009 Thomas rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone 13+
Recommended to Thomas by: A friend
Okay - so, this was the first book I've read from Ellen Hopkins. Before I read it I had been avoiding her writing for a long time because the books looked lengthy and the style of poetry didn't seem to be right up my alley - but I was proved wrong.

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
Michelle. D.
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Emily
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
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
Madison
Text to World

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
Courtney
Oct 04, 2008 Courtney rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
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Allyson
Impulse is the story of three teenagers who narrowly escaped death after they each attempted suicide. Their stories intertwine as they come together in a mental institution where they are trying to appreciate the fact that they have been given a second chance at life. The book is filled with the shocking revelations about why Tony, Connor, and Vanessa decided to try to take their own lives.

Impulse is written in a style similar to Hopkins’s other books (Crank, Glass, and Burned), which means that...more
Brittany
Without Warning

Sometimes
You're traveling
A highway, the only road
You've ever known
And WHAM! A semi
Comes from nowhere
And rolls right over you
Sometimes
You don't wake up
But if you happen
To, you know things
Will never be
The same
Sometimes
That's not
So bad.
Sometimes
Lives intersect
No rhyme, no reason
Except, perhaps
For a passing semi
Sesana
This is the second time that I've tackled Impulse. The first time, I hated it almost immediately and only skimmed the majority of the book. This time, I read the entire thing, but I didn't like it that much more.

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
Tara
Feb 11, 2011 Tara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any teen or someone who's having a ruff patch.
Shelves: abuse, self-harm
Another 5 star book from Ellen Hopkins with an end, that if you haven't guessed close to it, will shock you completly. I love an author who's not afraid to right with such deepth and truth. Brilliant.
Amsyy
Jul 06, 2011 Amsyy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with no common sense, or who like Ellen's books (not the same thing, mostly)
UGGGHHH. This book bothered me SO MUCH.

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
Shay Rudolph
This book really hit home for me. The emotion and somewhat depression that is in the book is just like a real life story. Even if people don't want to always admitt that we all have our time or day's when we get that sad, alone and depressed feeling.You really see that in this book that you can be in the middle of time squar and still feel with all them people around you that you are the lonelist person ever. And the great thing about this book is that you realise you aren't and that people are...more
EMi
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Scarlet
Jun 05, 2013 Scarlet marked it as paused  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I appreciate what Hopkins has tried to do here but I'm not in the mood for self-destructive teenage behavior right now. The 45% I read was disturbing and it looks like things only get uglier in the second half. Plus, the verse makes the book more depressing and difficult to read.

Hopefully, I'll come back to this someday and when I do, I'll opt for the audio-book.
♥Kel
I absolutely loved it. Beautifully written, story-line was great, i loved the relationship between the characters. Ahhh it was so good. I thought the ending would of been horrible, but it wasn't so bad. It was bearable in my case:) I would recommend this book definitely.
Brea Mapes

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
Jen (A Book and a Latte)
Originally posted on my blog, A Book and a Latte:

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
(´*•.¸ღBexღ¸.•*´)
I love Ellen Hopkins. LOVE her. I've never met her, and I doubt I ever will, but her writing speaks to me in a way that not many other books have. Her raw honesty and poetic talent never fails to amaze me, and I become completely enthralled in her stories. I end up blocking everything out until I've finished the whole book, because I just can't bear to put it down, even for five minutes.

Impulse hooked me, shocked me and frustrated me. I wanted to know the characters myself, so I could talk to t...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Guns, drugs, pills, noose
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

Falling falling
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
Janie Johnson
Ellen Hopkins once again wows me with a powerful story. I was sucked in as soon as I turned the first page. A very profound coming of age story that makes you dig a little deeper inside yourself. Once again makes me thankful for having a somewhat normal life growing up. I could never imagine the secret lives of these kids coming to the forefront to be evaluated and conquered.

The characters again are beautifully developed. The readers join in the life journeys of Connor, Tony, and Vanessa, all wi...more
Scott
For 500 pages this book was close to fantastic. The author and her verse format painted searing imagery and allowed a heartfelt look into the minds and hearts of three very troubled teens. All had tried to commit suicide and all were trying to pull themselves away from their own personal muck and mire. And then the book turned awful. Almost beyond awful, sickeningly hackneyed and laughably bad, like a morose teenager had taken over the writing. The places Ellen Hopkins decides to take this book...more
Jereme Notbusch
This book was interesting, because I learned from this book that even people who seem like they have it all, sometimes don't want to have it all. There are three main characters in this book; Conner, Vanessa, and Tony. Conner takes pills and its a difficult life for him, parents always wanting him to be best in everything. Vanessa usually cuts her wrists, her mother is loony, says she has a gaurdian angel. Vanessa also has BPD (Bi-Polar Disorder). Tony lost his best friend and foster father, Phi...more
Dylan
Jun 19, 2011 Dylan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone (age limit: 14+)
Recommended to Dylan by: Gina
This book is the story of 3 kids who all commit suicide and fail. Because of the concern of their family and friends they are put in a pshyciatric hospital for teens. Even thought they seem like they are on the road to recovery, they still desperately want to kill themselves.

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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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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