Hopkins, Ellen. Impulse.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

HOPKINS, Ellen. Impulse. Simon & Schuster. 666p. c2007 978-1-4169-03574. $9.99. S

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, January 2007: Deciding whether poetry, especially freeform poetry, is good is so subjective. One is tempted to dismiss a thick YA novel written in such a form as pretentious. On the other hand, narrative poetry has a long tradition in English and may appeal to YA readers in a way that a page of dense prose might not. This poetry tends to have lines six to eight syllables long and line breaks in inexplicable places. Yet the story becomes intensely compelling. Three teenagers who have tried in various ways and for various reasons to commit suicide find themselves committed to a mental hospital: Connor, who, in the manner of Edward Cory, seems to be everyone's definition of a golden boy; Tony, who is convinced he's a homosexual because all he's ever known is abuse; and Vanessa, who cuts herself to find relief from oppressive guilt. In spite...

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