Friday, January 11, 2013

Triangles - Ellen Hopkins


Holly: Filled with regret for being a stay-athome 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 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?

Marissa: She has more than her fair share of challenges—a gay, rebellious 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’s rekindles. 

As one woman’s family comes apart at the seams, another’s reconfigures into something bigger and better. In this story of connections and disconnections, one woman’s up is another one’s down, and all of them will learn the meaning of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness.Unflinchingly honest, emotionally powerful, surprisingly erotic, Triangles is the ultimate page-turner. Hopkins’s gorgeous, expertly honed poetic verse perfectly captures the inner lives of her characters. Sometimes it happens like that. Sometimes you just get lost.Get lost in the world of Triangles, where the lives of three unforgettable women intersect, and where there are no easy answers.

I love reading Ellen Hopkins' work. I adore her  writing style and each time she writes something I am awestruck by her ability to sucker punch people using only her words. This is her first adult novel (At least, I think it is...Right?) and I was once again amazed by it.

I was a little cautious at first, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to completely understand the demographic (I am not a mom, or a wife) so I didn't know if I'd be able to completely relate to the characters. I first picked this book up because I knew I wanted to read her YA companion to this book Tilt, and I figured that I'd read the first book first, because unless you're reading The Mortal Instruments series, or something, that's how these things usually work.

Once again I was amazed at Ellen Hopkins' briliance, and I admired many characteristicts and characters in this book, while simultaniously wanting to slap the crap out of others. I didn't completely connect with this book, because I am not the audience that it was intended for, but invisible rules are made to be broken, right?

Anywho, I enjoyed reading about these characters. They were all lovely in their own way, and I can't wait to read Tilt and figure out just what the heck these kids were thinking, because they were just... ugh!
4/5 stars.

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