Friday, November 4, 2011

0 Triangles

Title: Triangles
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: October 18, 2011
paperback(arc), 533
ISBN: 978-1-4516-2633-9
genre: adult fiction


Summary:
In this emotionally powerful novel, three women face the age-old midlife question: If I’m halfway to death, is this all I’ve got to show for it? Holly, filled with regret for being a stay-at-home mom, sheds sixty pounds and loses herself in the world of extramarital sex. Andrea, a single mom and avowed celibate, 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? Then there’s Marissa. She has more than her fair share of challenges—a gay 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 one’s rekindles. As one woman’s family comes apart at the seams, another’s is reconfigured into something bigger and better. In this story of connections and disconnections, one woman’s up is another one’s down, and all three of them will learn the meaning of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness before it is through.


My thoughts:
Triangles is the first novel I've read by Ellen Hopkins. I've heard a ton of great things about this author and her books so I was thrilled to get my hands on Triangles. Ellen Hopkins is well known for her young adult novels but Triangles is an adult novel. 
This novel is written in a beautifully descriptive verse. The story line focuses on three women who are at a cross roads of sort in their lives. Holly, Andrea and Marissa are all struggling with different issues and circumstances. Holly is a mother of three who wants something different. Her search leads her to exploring her sexuality. Andrea is a single mom who is still searching for that special someone. Marissa is married but might as well be single for the amount of attention her husband shows her. Marissa also has her hands full with her terminally ill daughter. 
Ellen Hopkins is an epic story teller. Triangles is told from all three women's points-of-view. I love how the author gave a glimpse into the other characters reaction to the events unfolding. I was glued to the pages as I read through this book. I didn't want to put it down for anything. Triangles is an emotional roller coaster that had me on the edge of my seat waiting to see how the events were going to play out. I felt connected to the characters and their individual stories. This book had me laughing and crying until the very last page. 


Parental note: While Ellen Hopkins is well-known for her young adult novels, Triangles is meant for an older audience(older ya to adult). 


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I was provided a copy of this book for review by the publisher. This in no way influenced my opinion.





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