Simon Pulse

July 2008

$14.95 AU

666p pb

ISBN: 978-1416903574

fp January 2007

followed by Perfect


Ellen Hopkins

from the book...

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.

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Like a good friend, Impulse has you wanting to spend time with it and visit it again and again...and at over 600 pages long you can! It is a story about friendship and the healing power it can provide.

The story, like Ellen Hopkins' previous titles is powerful, dealing with issues such as suicide, abuse and neglect head on. It centres around three people, Vanessa, Tony and Connor, each of whom has failed in an attempt at suicide and who have ended up in Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital. Through their time there and on a wilderness survival trek, they slowly open up and reveal their 'demons' and move forward in their lives. Well some of them anyway.

This is another gripping read from Ellen Hopkins, told in verse and for mature young adult readers 15+.

Stephen, Canberra, Australia

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