Triangles [Book Review]

Author: Ellen Hopkins
Genre: Women’s Fiction; Verse
ISBN: 1451626339
Pages: 544
Year: 2011
Publisher: Atria
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Rating: 3.5/5


Holly has the perfect life: a successful husband, three kids, a beautiful home, and a killer body she gets from running 5 miles every day. So why does she find herself involved in various extramarital relationships?

Andrea has a wonderful daughter and a very un-wonderful ex-husband. Will she ever find Mr. Right?

Marissa’s husband is distant, her gay son is experimenting with drugs, and her four-year-old daughter is dying. Will she always be trapped in this miserable life?

My Thoughts:

This is my first Ellen Hopkins book and my first adult novel in verse (I’ve read a few YA novels in verse). I was impressed.

The book is lengthy. Even if it is written in verse. It took me 8 full hours on Saturday to get through the 500+ pages. But I enjoyed it the entire time.

Marissa’s story was the hardest to read. Her whole life just felt so unfortunate and Shelby’s condition is simply heartbreaking. There were definitely tears. I sometimes got a little bored with Holly’s story, probably because I felt it was mostly self-inflicted drama. Andrea was a good middle ground. Your pretty typical single-mom who keeps finding all the wrong men.

If  you’ve never tried to read verse, this might be a good starting point. It’s easy to get sucked into the story and the verse isn’t too cutesy or sing-song-y. And I bet some of the lines wow you like they did me. I do want to give one little warning that it can be a bit…mature…at times. Not that there is anything wrong with that…

I wonder if I should dive into her YA novels now. Can anyone recommend a good one to start with?

Others’ Thoughts: KellyVision

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8 thoughts on “Triangles [Book Review]

  1. Jenny October 24, 2011 / 8:34 am

    The YA ones are also very “mature”.. I haven’t read too many (maybe 3 or 4) but I’d recommend Crank.


  2. zibilee October 24, 2011 / 11:14 am

    I might recommend Perfect to you, though I am not sure if it’s out yet. I got the chance to speak to Hopkins at SIBA, and she mentioned that she was going to be alternating between writing YA and adult books for a few years in the future. This one does sound rather interesting, and like something that I should pick up. It seems like it’s a rather heart-tugging book. Fantastic review!


  3. Linda October 24, 2011 / 11:59 am

    This sounds like something I’d like. Great review. I’ll be putting this one on my tbr list.


  4. Sandy October 24, 2011 / 12:14 pm

    I have decided, after reading several books in verse, that I really like that format. I’m not sure why it makes such a big impact with me, but it does. As for these women’s stories, I do get restless with ones that whine even though their life is perfect.


  5. Melissa V. October 24, 2011 / 12:17 pm

    Not a fan of verse novels, but the description sounds very high drama, and I love high drama novels. Can’t wait to read this one.


  6. Kelly October 24, 2011 / 4:14 pm

    Her Crank trilogy is amazing, but I would probably read Burned. Everything of hers is brilliant but that one’s my favorite.


  7. Colleen October 24, 2011 / 9:30 pm

    I see you finished your review last night! (I did not)

    I have never read a book in verse and am not sure I would like it but maybe I will try some YA in verse to give it a try.


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