Aug 06, 12
Read from August 05 to 06, 2012
In my opinion this is one of the best Ellen Hopkins books that I've read. I think every teenager boys and girls alike, should read this book simply because of the wide variety of adolescent issues it addresses. It touches on eating disorders, racism, steroid use, suicide, questioning sexuality, rape, parental pressures, losing virginity, and trouble with the law. With all of these things involved in the book, there's something that everyone can relate to. Another thing that I really enjoyed was how well the four main characters are connected. They are each connected to each other in some way, which makes the story all that much more interesting. Overall a truly incredible book with a very powerful story.
This book follows the story of four characters, Cara, Kendra, Sean and Andre. They each deal with their own unique struggles throughout the book.
Cara has to deal with constant pressure that her parent put on her to do well in school and get into Stanford. This same pressure pushed her twin brother Conner, whose story is feature in Impulse. Along with this, Cara is also dealing with realizing she is a lesbian. This becomes even more difficult to deal with when her bitter ex boyfriend Sean gets a naked picture of her with her girlfriend and spreads in around town.
Kendra is an aspiring model who is in denial about the eating disorder she has developed. She is constantly trying to be perfect for her agent and her father who walked out on her family years ago. She struggles with her body image and never feeling like she is thin enough throughout the entire book. She is also trying desperately to be perfect for Cara's brother Conner who she is in love with but he is in a hospital for mental illness due to his suicide attempt.
Sean is a baseball player determined to get into Stanford and go to school with his girlfriend Cara. He is willing to do anything to achieve this goal, including using steroids. He also deals with being arrested for posting pornography when he posts the picture of Cara as well as being accused of stalking her.
Andre is dating Kendra's very attractive younger sister Jenna, However, this does not go over very well with Jenna's parents, especially her father who is incredibly racist and refuses to accept the fact that his daughter is with a black man. When Jenna develops a problem with alcohol, he realizes that she does not love him and he must break it off with her. Jenna is later raped while trying to get older guys to buy her alcohol.
At the end of the book, everyone is shocked and brought together by Conner's suicide while he is on an wilderness retreat at the mental hospital. He jumped off a cliff and died.
A few quotes:
"When did creating a flawless facade become a more vital goal than learning to love the person who lives inside your skin?" -pg. 1
"She is madness, sanity. She is hell, and paradise." -229
"...love is like summer. It only last so long." -504
"Kendra: Did you ever want to die enough to think about suicide?..Kendra's mom: I think everyone considers it at some point. But I never would have done it. Too many people rely on me, and I would never want to make them feel the way you're feeling right now. You know?"