Conner is the rich kid, who tried to shoot himself in the heart and failed. Tony has spent most of his childhood in juvenile detention and when released early, he took an overdose. Vanessa is bipolar and cuts herself when she can't handle the highs and lows. These three are now in Aspen Springs, and expensive juvenile mental facility.
There's much more to each of these teens' stories than the sentences above, and as they become friends and participate in therapy, we slowly learn about each of their horrors. And what they have been through is pretty horrific.
Hopkins verse, as usual, is lyrical and easy to follow. Each perspective is distinct. However, they just moved through the treatment process so slowly, that I must admit, I skimmed the middle. It's kind of easy to find the important pieces of information with this style of writing, so I don't think I missed anything. There's confusion, angst, romance, violence, sadness, and every other emotion in these pages, and even with skimming, I still felt drained by the end. It isn't all happy, and we wouldn't expect it to be.
When I read Crank I was riveted to the pages. I gave Fallout a 4/5 rating. I've read most of her other books and have never felt the dragging pace that I experienced in Impulse. Maybe it was my mood. I would still recommend Impulse to Hopkins fans and those who enjoy novels in verse and teen problem novels. No one can elicit these dark emotions like Hopkins.
Published by Margaret K. McElderry, 2008
Copy obtained from the library
666 pages (I'm not counting these in my page total for the year.)
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