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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  8,356 ratings  ·  800 reviews
Three female friends face midlife crises in a no-holds-barred exploration of sex, marriage, and the fragility of life.

Holly: Filled with regret for being a stay-at-home mom, she sheds sixty pounds and loses herself in the world of extramarital sex. Will it bring the fulfillment she is searching for?

Andrea: A single mom and avowed celibate, she watches her friend Holly's
Hardcover, 529 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Atria Books
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Megs ♥
So, Triangles. I've recently read a few of Ellen Hopkins' YA books and really enjoyed them. Since she usually does YA work I decided to try her first adult book.

She's known for tackling taboo subjects in her YA books, and she does so just as much in Triangles. A few things discussed are affairs, threesomes, swinging and much more. The story is told from the perspectives of three women who live parallel lives. I really enjoyed the story and was so into it in the beginning. Then it kinda became a
Tara Hall
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mothers, Women
Shelves: reviewed, arcs
I was lucky enough to pick up an ARC of this three days ago. Every free moment has been devoted to reading it since.

I should say something as a word of warning. While many authors that started out in YA fiction have been making the jump to adult literature recently, many of their books could still be read by their teen fans. This is NOT one of those books. In fact I doubt it appeals to many people under 30. I find it highly unlikely that they would get it (as evidenced by the some of the other
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Thank you Simon & Schuster for allowing me to read this early! I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to read this.

Two lines that never intersect are parallel. Two lines that intersect forming ninety-degree angles, are perpendicular. Perpendicular lines cross each other. Crossing lines. Today Im thinking about how easy it is to be perpendicular. And about how, while parallel lines may not intersect, parallel lives too often do.

I got
Jul 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
I always find rating Ms. Hopkins novels extremely hard. I mean really how can one person "like" the stories that she creates?? They are all so dark and ugly and honestly they always make me feel uncomfortable. I decided to give this book three stars and I can't believe that I am saying this but it just wasn't ugly enough for me. I have read a few of her previous YA books so I just knew going into this, being it is her first adult fiction book, that I was in for a rough few days. I even had a ...more

Hmm, difficult . . . very difficult . . .

I have mixed reactions towards Triangles.
I have never read any Ellen Hopkins book. Until now. I'm well familiar with her Crank trilogy, but I just never got the time to read them. I have heard wonderful things about them: the verse is beautiful;
Hopkins creates well narrators, etc.
So, when I picked this book up--knowing that it was targeted to adults--I took it as a change to finally explore what everyone has been talking about. The plot sounded
Denise ~The Procrastinating Book Diva~
This was my first book by this author as I'm not a huge fan of YA. Since I listened to it on audio book, her verse type writing style didn't really come across. The characters were extremely engrossing and I found myself caught up in the lives of these 3 women instantly. Although it wouldn't take a literary genius to figure out which way the storylines where headed, I truly enjoyed the ride. The emotional punch of several parts of this story left me breathless. Other parts made me angry. One ...more
Jay G
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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3.5/5 Stars

This follows three middle aged woman and the relationships they have in their lives. Holly is unhappy in her marriage and decides to look elsewhere for her sexual desires. Andrea is a single mother who is struggling with her dating life but is lusting over her friends husband. Marissa's family life is falling apart, her daughter is dying, her son is gay and rebelling and her
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, favorite
I won a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads.

Let me just start with the cover. The cover is beautiful. Now the cover does not make the book, but having a pretty one certainly does not hurt. The book is set up more like an epic poem or string of poems than a traditional novel. With that being said it is not the kind of poems that require you to figure out that because she said it was storming out that it meant she was an emotional wreck. Everything is spelled out. At the end of each
Michael Araujo
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
We all know what it feels like to be a teenager. Most of us are still going through that awkward moment. The moment where we get our first kiss, our first love, our first drink, our first everything for the rest of our lives. But what happens when our teenage years are over; when we finally leave our teenage years behind. What happens when you find yourself a middle-aged person with kids and a cheating spouse? With a child you know wont make it past the age of four. With a son who is ...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Moms with teenagers
Wow! This book was awesome, confusing, shocking, sad, happy, and totally woman.

Sounds like a mood-swing, right?

Triangles is a book about three middle-aged women who all link up in one way or another. Kind of like a love triangle but without Switzerland, and the wooing, and you know... sparkles. I'm guessing that's why it's called TRIANGLES. My husband looked at the cover and thought it was referring to boobs.

I found it really confusing as we went through each woman's pov. Each one done in 1st
Cyndi Becker
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5++ stars!
One of the most uniquely written womens fiction/contemporary romance books I've read. The style is just OUT OF THIS WORLD. It's poetic and delivers the message in a subtle and clever way. Some people might balk at the style but once you get use to it, it's pure magic!

I loved the characters - Marissa's story, her family, her heart - my favorite!

Looking forward to reading the entire body of work by this author.
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ellen Hopkins has a way of connecting with her readers in a way that seems almost intimate and a little voyeuristic. Her novels are written in poetic verse - some more artistic than my non-artistic mind can wrap around - but the story is always touching on some level.

Be forewarned Hopkins is not a tiptoeing author. Her previous novels, written for young adults, tackles difficult subjects head on. This one is much more graphic than her previous books. Hopkins tackles the difficult stage of the
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult
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Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I thought this book was absolutely delicious. I knew from just reading the synopsis that I would enjoy it but I didn't know I would enjoy it as much as I did! It was a book about women and how their lives intertwine, but also how different each one is. It is a story about families, love, life, hardships and trust.

I felt that Ellen Hopkins wrote a beautiful story with so many different elements. She is a gifted writer whose story can all at one make you laugh, cry, mad and happy. I felt like I
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Triangles is nothing shy of marvelous. Ellen Hopkins has created a most wonderful piece looking into the lives of three very different women tied together in some way or another. You'll laugh, you'll cry. You may even connect with them.

As you peek into the lives of three women, each connected together either by friendship or family, you'll find their lives are really quite different, yet each woman struggles with their own battles and hardships of their life. Mainly their husband and the
Beth Knight
Apr 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it
3.5 stars. I've read a lot of the YA books Ellen Hopkins has written and loved all of them. She's not afraid to tackle controversial, gritty topics, such as drug addiction. Triangles is an adult book dealing mostly with sexual relationships. This is another book that I suppose can be labeled "controversial " since there are some characters in here who commit adultery. I enjoyed this book but not as much as I enjoyed her YA books. I think it was more my frame of mind or mood that made it ...more
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Thanks to Atria Books for an ARC! My husband will lllloooooovvvvvvveee this cover.

1-7-12 Hopkins writes this in poetry so it's quite different in the way it's read--slower to read the poems that are written down two sides of the page and there's more of an emotional feel. The cover should tip you off to how steamy it is! It's been a long time since I've read a "bodice ripper" (and this book doesn't fall under that category) but depending on your imagination it could really rate an XXX! The
Alex (My Bookish World)
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was so dark and I loved how it explored such different family dynamics.
Tracee Gleichner
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Ok, I have to admit. I have never read the Crank series. I own it, but it is sitting on my TBR pile crying out to be read. Unfortunately, it is fighting with so many other books that it continues to sit. But, when I was offered the opportunity to review Triangles I knew that it was time to bite the bullet and pick up a book by this author. I am so sorry I waited!

This is the story of three friends going through different dilemmas in their lives. Each stressful in their own right, the author has
Sep 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
Ellen Hopkins is a popular teen writer and this is her first adult novel. I have not read any of her books previous to this one and was not impressed. Her books are written in verse and at first I found it interesting and quick to read. After a while, the novelty wore off and it just got annoying. Throughout the book, the story would be interrupted by an actual poem about what just happened. The extra poetry slowed down the story when I already wanted it to be over. I knew the book was covering ...more
Janie Johnson
I was not sure how I wanted to rate this book. Even though this was not one of my faves it was still very well written. We see a whole new side to Hopkins with this book, but still it felt so honestly written. Maybe I did not like it as much because it was not one of her YA books, something I have been used to. One thing for sure though is that her poetic side is just as prominent in this book as in all the others.

Our characters in this book are still very real and very much believable. We look
Jessica at Book Sake
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Im so glad that I requested this book! Ive only read two other books by Ellen Hopkins (Crank and Impulse), but after reading Triangles, I remembered why I love her writing so much. Hopkins style is incredibly unique and refreshing. She often utilizes techniques such as emphasis, indentation, or text shape to convey an underlying meaning or reinforce the significance of a particular verse. Ive never read anything comparable to it before.

Triangles is essentially the adult version of her
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Odd. I have read a few of Ms. Hopkins books. They are all brutally honest. They are all very dark and shocking. I have a doctorte in Psychology and I specialize in addiction(all,drugs,gambling,food,etc.)I have heard many tales from clients in the past that were "sick"(for lack of a better term). So when it coes to sex I am rarely shocked.
I think Ms.Hopkin's writing will offend many, but in reality---this type of behavior happens all the time by our neighbors---we just don't realize
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own, sexuality
I was pumped to get a copy of Hopkins' adult debut at ALA this summer. I'm a big fan of her YA work and I was very interested to see how her style would translate to adult fiction. This tells the story of three interconnected women and how their lives are changing as they approach middle age. I actually found this book to be less risque than her YA books - the main focus of this is sex and it's not all that unusual sex (for the most part). I think what Hopkins really tried to do here was explore ...more
Mary Elizabeth
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book! Three lives, all connected, but so different. Any woman in any stage of her life can relate to what this book is!!

I laughed, I got mad, and I cried. A lot.

Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful.
Oct 22, 2015 rated it liked it
I really like this author but this book was just okay for me. Could have been about a couple of hundred pages shorter! Was boring in a lot of places. Just kinda well fell flat for me. 3 stars.
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
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Emma Lauren
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Triangles by Ellen Hopkins was the story of three forty-something-year-old women and how their parallel lives found a way to interconnect with one another. This was the companion novel to Tilt, which I had recently read, so it was nice to see the connections between the stories, but how they were from different perspectives. However, my complaints with Tilt are similar to my complaints with this book. Nothing was awfully gut-tearing-out, and the ending was just... there. Nothing really continued ...more
Jenny Clark
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ellen-hopkins, poetry
Better than her other adult novel, Collateral. This one actually shows the adults as adults, with their flaws because being an adult does not erase those!
This was a pretty good book, though I still felt like some emotion was missing. The ending was kinda up in the air as well.
Overall, a good book if you like poetry or Ellen Hopkins.
Dezra Bennett
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, owned-books
I don't think I could ever truly dislike something that Ellen Hopkins writes. This book threw me for a loop. I wasn't expecting to feel such strong emotions for the three families showcased here. I cried, laughed, smiled and even got angry enough to almost throw the book.
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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 ...more

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“Dream Bigger
You think. Stop letting
small minded people
dictate your future
when all
they really want is for
you to accomplish
the work of two, for minimum
wage. Reach higher, or
plan for retirement
in a cardboard box, praying
global warming is more
than a catchphrase.
And if that
to be the case,
hope freezing to death
is really as simple
as falling asleep,
to the lullaby of teeth chatter.
Dream bigger
before you can't remember
how to dream at all.”
“Spilling a Secret

What its size,
will have varying
consequences. It’s not
possible to predict
what will happen
if you
open the gunnysack,
let the cat escape.
A liberated feline
might purr on your lap,
or it might scratch
your eyes out. You can’t
until you loosen the knot.
Do you chance losing
a friendship, if that
friend’s well-being
only be preserved
by betraying sworn-to
silence trust? Once
the seam is ripped, can
it be
mended again?
And if that proves
impossible, will you be
when it all falls to pieces?”
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