Author: Ellen Hopkins
Genre: Women’s Fiction; Verse
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
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?
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?
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