Author: Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): Aspen Springs Psychiatric Hospital is a place for people who have played the ultimate endgame. The suicide attempt survivors portrayed in this novel tell starkly different stories, but these three embattled teens share a desperate need for a second chance. Ellen Hopkins, the author of Glass and Crank, presents another jarring, ultimately uplifting story about young people crawling back from a precipice.
My Summary: Connor, Vanessa, and Tony are three teens with very different lives: one the child of a soldier, one the child of two over-achieving parents who expect way too much, and the other a child traumatized by the abuse of his childhood, now forced to live on the street. After they each attempt suicide - one with a blade, one with a gun, and one with a bottle of pills - their lives intersect at Apsen Springs: a mental health facility for disturbed teens. While there, they each discover things about themselves they never knew, and are forced to confront the demons they've kept buried their entire lives. There are only two options for them now: get better or die trying.
My Thoughts: I've always loved the darker, edgier side of YA, and this book didn't disappoint when it came to that. It was gritty and honest and didn't shy away from the things that most novels stay far, far away from - murder, rape, suicide, child abuse. Through Ellen Hopkin's poetry, you really begin to understand the things the characters went through - you feel compassion towards them, and you can't help but wish they didn't have to go through the things they did - the things nobody should ever have to go through.
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book, and I'll definitely be reading more from Ellen Hopkins from now on! I know Perfect, the companion to Impulse comes out in September, and I'm happy to say I've already pre-ordered it! :P I really recommend you check out Ellen Hopkin's work!