Impulse by Ellen HopkinsImpulse by Ellen Hopkins


byEllen Hopkins

Paperback | May 20, 2008

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Sometimes you don't wake up. But if you happen to, you know things will never be the same.

Three lives, three different paths to the same destination: Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital for those who have attempted the ultimate act -- suicide.

Vanessa is beautiful and smart, but her secrets keep her answering the call of the blade.

Tony, after suffering a painful childhood, can only find peace through pills.

And Conner, outwardly, has the perfect life. But dig a little deeper and find a boy who is in constant battle with his parents, his life, himself.

In one instant each of these young people decided enough was enough. They grabbed the blade, the bottle, the gun -- and tried to end it all. Now they have a second chance, and just maybe, with each other's help, they can find their way to a better life -- but only if they're strong and can fight the demons that brought them here in the first place.
Ellen Hopkins has been writing poetry for many years. Her first novel, Crank, also written in verse, met with critical acclaim. She lives with her husband and son in Carson City, Nevada.
Title:ImpulseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:688 pages, 7 × 5 × 1.8 inPublished:May 20, 2008Publisher:Margaret K. McElderry BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1416903577

ISBN - 13:9781416903574

Appropriate for ages: 14


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good this book helped me through some rough times
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great for all ages very well written in the fact there is not a lot left to imagination, straight to the point and raw in some parts
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love i love a book when it switched back and forth between characters
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Quick and exciting read, great stories of real issues.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real Issues- Great Book I can not express how much I connected and love this book. Completely held my attention the entire time while reading and left me wanting to meet the characters and hug them myself.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Author I have read almost all of Ellen Hopkin's books. Impulse is one of my favourites! Once I started reading I couldn't put it down! The book is well-written and a great read! Definitely recommend! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read One of my favorite books by Ellen, really good book #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from favourite Ive read all of Ellen Hopkins books and this was by far my favourite. characters were very moving, showing true issues some teens will deal with. love love love.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from top 3! great characters and storyline
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from top 3! great characters and storyline
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from top 3! great characters and storyline
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from top 3! great characters and storyline
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing, as always Ellen Hopkins never lets me down. Amazing book as always
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Has a great variety of different characters and develops them really well. Allows for lots of people to relate to the story.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite Hopkins book This is by far my favourite Ellen Hopkins. It touches on a few very important issues that happen in today's society especially in youth and teens nowadays. The emotion that is portrayed through all of the characters makes you be able to relate to all of them at some point in the book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing This is the first book i read by Hopkins, she is talented and sees beyond our time. I would reccomend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great one from Ellen! A great series that is similar but still different. Ellen is a fantastic writer and this book is just as good as Crank. It gets you hooked with the writing style and twists.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impulse I read this about 3 years ago and it is still one of my favourites. The way Ellen Hopkins writes is just so beautiful, like this book. It definitely kept me entertained and I was hooked.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I loved this book. It has so many emotions (yeah! I love those) and just keeps you wanting to know more about the charterers and wising them the best. Totally recommend it!
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good! This book toke some time to get into, but I ended up enjoying it.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impulse I read this book years ago and reread it recently. The ending still blows my mind! Another great book by the amazing Ellen!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite a great read! I adore Ellen Hopkins, and this book is no exception. Was it my favourite book she has written? No, it's not. However, that being said, it's still a wonderful work, and should be read. The story is told in three points of view, and this particular subject matter interests me a whole lot, so I found myself engaged from start to finish. This book is great!
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love This Book This is hands down my favorite of her books. I always find myself re-reading this one.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Author! I've loved all of Ellens books but impulse might've been my favourite. It spoke to my heart and it was just an amazing book, I always recommend it to my peers!
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I bought this (and some other Ellen Hopkins books) for my teenage cousin based on staff recommendations, she loved it!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A perfectly folded paper airplane. The way Ellen Hopkins jumps from view to view I happened to never get lost or confused. It is a quick, yet life changing read. Really opens peoples eyes to mental health and the psychological aspect of it on the individual suffering. I cried at the end because of the plot twist and I can almost memorize the poems that really stick out to me. Page one has my very favourite from the whole book and it just gotten better and built up from there. Recommend this book to all who know someone or is struggling themselves with mental health issues but be warned it can get triggering and there were times I had to just put the book down and cry. Very influential and life changing.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well enjoyed. Always love how Ellen writes from all different views. So much depth here, an amazing read.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful This book really made me see the issues teenagers with mental health issues have to deal with. It was such an amazing story about suicidal teenagers and why they become that way. I love Ellen Hopkins as a writer because she doesn't ever shy away from revealing the truth about these issues that everyone goes through. I really enjoyed reading this book!
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impulse It's hard to imagine how a person feels until there gone. I hope everyone receives the love they deserve!
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deep Story Loved the book it had some real depth
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incradible! This book takes you into the lives of three teens who act on impulse to get through three of their messed up lives. Ellen Hopkins takes you into her book and doesn't let you out!
Date published: 2013-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesomly Awesome Dont judge a book by its writing format-thats the lesson I learned when reading this book. I thought it would be hard to follow and that the verses automaticly ment ryming poems which i wouldnt understand. It doesnt. Impluse is simply amazing. The character development and facts and secrets you learn throughout this book is astounding. This is my first Ellen Hopkins book, and I absolutly LOVED it!!!!!
Date published: 2012-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Personal Favourite Personally, the book (Impulse) is by far my favourite book I have ever had the pleasure of reading to this day. Ellen Hopkins creates an ideal environment that set the mood for the protagonist’s perfectly. Combined with the unique writing style of this book, it creates not only an excellent read but a feeling of deep involvement with the characters being portrayed. In this book there are no fairy tale endings, but there is hope. It doesn’t mean to entertain; but means to share a message, and that’s exactly what it does. An overall fast paced hypnotic read and learning experience, I highly recommend this book to all.
Date published: 2012-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense! This book was intense, their are so many emotions throughout the book and I felt them all. I love Ellen Hopkins and her novels in verse I find it's different and refreshing to read. If you like Ellen Hopkins this is a definitely good read for you!
Date published: 2012-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What can I say? This was definitely a winner. I usually don't read books like this, I simply focus on fantasy. Some times when I realize I've gone to deep and need to surface, I move on to reality. This style was definitely new to me, it took a while for me to adjust but when I did I fully understood the story. I really enjoyed this piece and it actually kept me going. Too bad her books end to quickly, most books do to me now. Sigh, I should try reading slower. This was much better than Crank, but I still recommend reading it.
Date published: 2011-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impulse This was a really well written book. It was intense, and the characters seem so real, and i love the bond and friendships these three characters share. But the ending is so sad, and very shocking :(
Date published: 2011-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Breathe Story About Friendship in ways not many people would think of! What is an IMPULSE? and IMPULSE is a bad act hat one acts upon. And in this story by ellen hopkins Vanessa, Conner and Tonys IMPULSE acts all wind up in one place...aspen springs- A mental hospital. Vanessa Is a cutter and when she arrives at aspen springs she meets Tony, a pill addicted gay teenager. They soon become close friends and then the two meet Conner, s suicidel teen. During the story you read the story from each characters point of view every few pages and what they are thinking! Vanessa, Tony and Conner all become very close! Vanessa adapts feeling for both Conner and Tony but in the end picks one to love and to be with! The end of the story almost left me in tears and a warm fuzzy feeling in my tummy! :D But in the end the story IS NOT about drugs, cutting yourself, being addicted or a mental hospital with a bunch of crazy people! Its about excepting everyone for who you are and changing your ways! Also in the end, it seemed to be that Vanessa, Tony and Conner were all lonley and just needed a friend or to make their loves better! IMPULSE is my favourite book! READ IT...LOVE IT!
Date published: 2010-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotional & Deep This was a great follow-up to Crank. I found it very raw and real, giving the reader a taste of what these kids were going through, and being there every step along the way. Wonderful writing style and a creative look inside the minds of depressed youth.
Date published: 2009-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Really great book. So easy to read, I didn't want to put it down.
Date published: 2009-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is so memorable, even now. The stories of the main characters stick with you and draw you in-it's one of those books that really makes you connect with the characters. The ending upset me, and it makes you wonder 'what if'. Great read.
Date published: 2009-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will Stay with You Loved this novel, i devoured it in just under 2 hours. I still find myself thinking about the characters and things that could have changed their fates. i also always find myself reapeating the intro of the story to myself. This book will truly stay with oyu long after you have read it!
Date published: 2009-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Question is this book a series or something?
Date published: 2009-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book. This book was amazing. I loved this book so much I read it in one sitting. The story was touching, the characters where brutally real, and the ending was devastating. The fact that the book was written in verse added to the impact it had, this book is worth reading. I recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Date published: 2009-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Run to your nearest book store. Ellen Hopkins is brilliant. This book was amazing, and everyone i know that has read it agrees. It's sometimes confusing , though. You're alternating between 3 characters, and I've lost track of who's story i was reading at times. You get to grow with the characters, and almost feel what they're feeling. I think that's what makes a good book. Run to a bookstore now!
Date published: 2008-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Doesn't disappoint! Before I picked up this book, I had purchased other books written by the same author including Crank, Glass and Burned. I thoroughly enjoyed those books because of her original approach to writing and the fresh perspectives of her characters, so I assumed her fourth, Impulse, would be no exception. I was actually surprised at how much more I enjoyed this book compared to the others, and I couldn't believe how the author, Ellen Hopkins, could continue to improve herself as an author, but she manages it. Because of that, I'm convinced her next novels Identical and Tricks are worth picking up and I certainly plan to purchase them.
Date published: 2008-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I loved this book i ended up crying at the end
Date published: 2008-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best this book is amazing, i read it in 1.5 hours and cried! i recomended it to all my friends! I hope Identical is just as good
Date published: 2008-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite This book is amazing. Im actually not a big fan of reading but my friend brought this book over and made me promise her that i would atleast start reading it! I did and within 2 days the 666 page book was finished. I mean seriously it was so good that im taking time to right this review because i know if you start reading it you wont be able to put it down and trust me when you get threw it you will want to read the rest of Hopkins books because i do. You will understand teens and suicide alot better. Give it a shot!
Date published: 2008-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deep, Thought provocing literature This book really brings you in to the life and problems of teens of the day. It hit close to home for many people who have or know people with serious illness' like depression, cutting, or drugs. I would seriuosly recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2008-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hopkins Has Done Better I really wanted to like this one, mostly because of how much I've enjoyed Hopkins' other work. And, technically, there's nothing really wrong with the story, I just sort of missed her old format of prose/poetry. The others were laid out so visually and sometimes there were key phrases separated from the rest. This one followed more like an actual story and might have served better as an actual novel. All that aside, the ending for some of the characters is a bit much of a "happy ending" and too convenient. You read it the whole time waiting for the pin to drop, but you see it coming from miles away. This gave me too much time to prep for it and therefore didn't have the emotional impact it should have.
Date published: 2008-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book and Author. This book was one of the best that I have Read. The others are Crank and Go Ask Alice and Annie's Baby (good books to read). I love Ellen Hopkins as an author and I'm looking forward to getting Glass and Burned. This book I could not put down and by the end of this book I was so touched and loved the character of this book. I now tell all my friends about it.
Date published: 2007-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! In this novel, the point of view is first person. The narration is switched back and forth between the three main characters, Vanessa, Tony and Conner. However, they are unreliable due to their mental illnesses, which tend to affect their point of views and decision making skills from time to time. The writing style of this novel is descriptive and poetic. It is a fictional novel. The theme is man versus self, and the main idea is the hope for emotional wellbeing for the three teens suffering from severe depression. I enjoyed this novel. I thought it was well written. I loved the word usage. It was very descriptive and observant. Each character was given a past and a present that was very realistic. I thought the way the narration switched between the main characters was very unique, and it made the novel more interesting.
Date published: 2007-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling This is one of the best books that i have EVER read. I bought this book because i read the preview, it hooked me just like that. The very next day i went on a trip and with an eight hour drive ahead of me i was excited to read. When i first opened this book i looked at the format and i was disapointed, it didnt look like it would be so great. But i read it anyways and i was really blown away, this book goes so deep. Yes it might take a while to get used to the format but was it ever worth it.
Date published: 2007-02-09

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Without Warning Sometimes you're traveling a highway, the only road you've ever known, and wham! A semi comes from nowhere and rolls right over you. Sometimes you don't wake up. But if you happen to, you know things will never be the same. Sometimes that's not so bad. Sometimes lives intersect, no rhyme, no reason, except, perhaps, for a passing semi. Triad Three separate highways intersect at a place no reasonable person would ever want to go. Three lives that would have been cut short, if not for hasty interventions by loved ones. Or Fate. Three people, with nothing at all in common except age, proximity, and a wish to die. Three tapestries, tattered at the edges and come unwoven to reveal a single mutual thread. The Thread Wish you could turn off the questions, turn off the voices, turn off all sound. Yearn to close out the ugliness, close out the filthiness, close out all light. Long to cast away yesterday, cast away memory, cast away all jeopardy. Pray you could somehow stop the uncertainty, somehow stop the loathing, somehow stop the pain. Conner Arrival The glass doors swing open, in perfect sync, precisely timed so you don't have to think. Just stroll right in. I doubt it's quite as easy to turn around and walk back outside, retreat to unstable ground. Home turf. An orderly escorts me down spit-shined corridors, past tinted Plexiglas and closed, unmarked doors. Mysteries. One foot in front of the other, counting tiles on the floor so I don't have to focus the blur of painted smiles, fake faces. A mannequin in a tight blue suit, with a too-short skirt (and legs that can wear it), in a Betty Boop voice halts us. I'm Dr. Boston. Welcome to Aspen Springs. I'll give you the tour. Paul, please take his things to the Redwood Room. Aspen Springs. Redwood Room. As if this place were a five-star resort, instead of a lockdown where crazies pace. Waiting. At Least It doesn't have a hospital stink. Oh yes, it's all very clean, from cafeteria chairs to the bathroom sink. Spotless. But the clean comes minus the gag-me smell, steeping every inch of that antiseptic hell where they excised the damnable bullet. I wonder what Dad said when he heard I tried to put myself six feet under -- and failed. I should have put the gun to my head, worried less about brain damage, more about getting dead. Finis. Instead, I decided a shot through the heart would make it stop beating, rip it apart to bleed me out. I couldn't even do that right. The bullet hit bone, left my heart in one piece. In hindsight, luck wasn't with me that day. Mom found me too soon, or my pitiful life might have ebbed to the ground in arterial flow. I thought she might die too, at the sight of so much blood and the thought of it staining her white Armani blouse. Conner, what have you done? she said. Tell me this was just an accident. She never heard my reply, never shed a tear. I Don't Remember Much after that, except for speed. Ghostly red lights, spinning faster and faster, as I began to recede from consciousness. Floating through the ER doors, frenzied motion. A needle's sting. But I do remember, just before the black hole swallowed me, seeing Mom's face. Her furious eyes followed me down into sleep. It's a curious place, the Land of Blood Loss and Anesthesia, floating through it like swimming in sand. Taxing. After a while, you think you should reach for the shimmering surface. You can't hold your breath, and even if you could, it's dark and deep and bitter cold, where nightmares and truth collide, and you wonder if death could unfold fear so real. Palpable. So you grope your way up into the light, to find you can't move, with your arms strapped tight and overflowing tubes. And everything hits you like a train at full speed. Voices. Strange faces. A witches' stewpot of smells. Pain. Most of all, pain. Tony Just Saw A new guy check in. Tall, built, with a way fine face, and acting too tough to tumble. He's a nutshell asking to crack. Wonder if he's ever let a guy touch that pumped-up bod. They gave him the Redwood Room. It's right across from mine -- the Pacific Room. Pretty peaceful in here most of the time, long as my meds are on time. Ha. Get it? Most of the time, if my meds are on time. If you don't get it, you've never been in a place like this, never hung tough from one med call till the next. Wasted. That's the only way to get by in this "treatment center." Nice name for a loony bin. Everyone in here is crazy one way or another. Everyone. Even the so-called doctors. Most of 'em are druggies. Fucking loser meth freaks. I mean, if you're gonna purposely lose your mind, you want to get it back some day. Don't you? Okay, maybe not. I Lost My Mind A long time ago, but it wasn't exactly my idea. Shit happens, as they say, and my shit literally hit the fan. But enough sappy crap. We were talking drugs. I won't tell you I never tried crystal, but it really wasn't my thing. I saw enough people, all wound up, drop over the edge, that I guess I decided not to take that leap. I always preferred creeping into a giant, deep hole where no bad feelings could follow. At least till I had to come up for air. I diddled with pot first, but that tasty green weed couldn't drag me low enough. Which mostly left downers, "borrowed" from medicine cabinets and kitchen cabinets and nightstands. Wherever I could find them. And once in a while -- not often, because it was pricey and tough to score -- once in a while, I tumbled way low, took a ride on the H train. Oh yeah, that's what I'm talking about. A hot shot clear to hell. Copyright © 2007 by Ellen Hopkins