Sunday, October 16, 2011

Book Review: Triangles by Ellen Hopkins

Publish Date: October 18, 2011
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 544
9781451626339Series: None
Source: ARC from publisher

Goodreads Synopsis:

In this first adult novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the unforgettable Crank trilogy, three female friends face midlife crises in a no holds-barred exploration of sex, marriage, and the fragility of life.
Ellen Hopkins has made her mark as the wildly popular author of several novels for young adults—every one of them a New York Times bestseller, and every one a hard-hitting exploration of tough-to-tackle topics. Now, in Triangles, Hopkins brings her storytelling mastery and fearlessness to take on the challenges of adult dramas.
In this emotionally powerful novel, three women face the age-old midlife question: If I’m halfway to death, is this all I’ve got to show for it? Holly, filled with regret for being a stay-at-home mom, sheds sixty pounds and loses herself in the world of extramarital sex. Andrea, a single mom and avowed celibate, watches her friend Holly’s meltdown with a mixture of concern and contempt. Holly is throwing away what Andrea has spent her whole life searching for—a committed relationship with a decent guy. So what if Andrea picks up Holly’s castaway husband? Then there’s Marissa. She has more than her fair share of challenges—a gay teenage son, a terminally ill daughter, and a husband who buries himself in his work rather than face the facts. As one woman’s marriage unravels, another one’s rekindles. As one woman’s family comes apart at the seams, another’s is reconfigured into something bigger and better. In this story of connections and disconnections, one woman’s up is another one’s down, and all three of them will learn the meaning of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness before it is through.

My Review:

When I was first contacted to review Triangles, I thought why not? It sounds like a powerful read and I was looking for something outside of the YA to read for a change. When I first skimmed through the pages and realized that Hopkins writes the whole story in poetic verses, I was a little apprehensive. I do love poems but I, for the life of me can't always find the meaning behind the author’s words. So I was worried that I would go through Triangles with a haze of "what on earth is going on?". But that was not the case at all! The story is told through poetic verses, but the meaning is loud and clear and read as if it was reading in paragraphs. For those who have read Hopkins other books, including the best selling books Crank, Impulse, Burned, etc. this is what you're used to, but like me, if this is the first time, this is a new way to read. I really enjoyed Hopkins writing. She can paint such a clear picture in the small amount of words she uses, and she can put so much behind those characters. I honestly felt like there was more character development in Triangles than there is in some other books where the author has chapter upon long chapter to develop them.
he story is about love, more specifically about love triangles and how lives are impacted and joined like the lines of a triangle. In this book, Hopkins writes a whole poem about the lines of the triangle, and I think that was my favourite part of the novel. Also, the poem at the end of each characters chapter that sort of summed up what happened and the feelings of the characters was very interesting, and well worth it.
Triangles has so much emotion throughout it. At times it’s very erotic and risky, but there was a balance so it wasn’t like reading an erotic novel from start to finish. The characters, as I said have so much behind them and because of that, I felt as though I knew them, as though I was living in the book with them experiencing the things they were going through. Let me tell you, the things these characters go through is unbelievable. We have children with disabilities, affairs, relationships without love, and so much more.
In a nutshell, Triangles is a great read. It’s not a YA so don’t expect teenage love triangles and bitchy, catty teen girls, instead be prepared for adult topics, powerful emotions and the raw truth about families and friends and betrayal.


GetHealthyMomma said...

Great reveiw, Krystal! I think each review you write gets better and better! Sounds like a great read!

Eesti said...

TRIANGLES is written for an entirely different demographic. The "tough stuff" found here is different from what is contained in Hopkins' YA titles because it comes primarily from a different walk or stage of life. For example, the main characters in this book are probably thirtysomething or maybe a tiny bit older and married with older children. While I cannot relate to each of these characters entirely, I can simply because of my place in life - my age, my career, motherhood, things like that - and there are certain parts of me written into each of the three main characters. For this reason - because I saw myself a little bit in all of them - I felt like I too was a little bit enveloped in these pages, and I loved it.

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