Impulse

By Ellen Hopkins

Review by Richard F.

1. What is this book about? (who are the characters? When and where does it take place?)
Connor, Vanessa, and Tony were sent to Aspen Springs after trying to kill themselves. They completed a course that would better help them understand themselves, but not all of them make it. Each of them has skeletons in their closets but for someone like Connor, just revealing isn’t enough to feel better.

2. Did you enjoy reading the book? If so, what did you like about it.  If not, what didn’t you like?
Impulse isn’t as intense as you think it would be. It has unexpected events in it that make you feel a sort of shock, because you start to think “would the book have a different course if it had been written the way I thought it would be?!!”

3. What was your favorite part or your favorite character?  Why did you like that part or character?
I don’t really have a particular favorite portion of the book because they all compliment each other in the way that it was written. I guess the part where they start confessing would be the most touching because you can feel that they trust each other.

4. Did you relate to the story or any character?  How did you relate?
I didn’t relate to any of the characters much other than feeling down with so many expectations the way Connor has but I do know that there are others that can relate. 

5. Would you recommend this book to someone else? 
I would have teens who think their lives are “not worth living” read it mainly so that they can open their eyes to what “not worth it” really is.

6. Did you like the way it ended? What alternate ending would you have liked more?  
The way the book ended was astonishing because it doesn’t establish the concrete end to the tale, but leaves it up to the reader’s imagination instead. I would, however like to have known the parents of Connor’s thoughts (deep down) of why their son couldn’t make it.