Impulse

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Impulse is a young adult fiction novel written in verse by Ellen Hopkins. This is the first novel in the Impulse series, and it was first published in 2007.

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  • Omar Arteaga
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I know that it seems odd to rate "best young adult novels set in psychiatric hospitals" but given how serious of a topic this is for our young people today, I will tell you that this book, "Impulse" is one of the best and most honest books about suicide and self-hurting. I would definitely recommend that any young adults read this book in conjunction with an adult as there are some very moving moments where it helps to be able to release that emotion and to discuss the motivations and reasons as to why each of these teenagers attempted suicide. I give this book a rating of a "5" as it is a serious and important topic that definitely requires greater visibility and awareness."
  • Elizabeth Dixon
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "My dgtr really enjoyed this book. She had it with her on most days and found it quite entertaining."
  • Nicole Ramos
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Ellen Hopkins is a good author and I've recommended her work before. This book takes some patience because of the narrative style (three different teens are telling their stories). You need to know that it's a somewhat hard read, these are folks who have tried to kill themselves. But substance abuse and addiction is hard to read. I've used this teaching a class of social work students (well, parts of it) so that they can get a feel for what post inpatient experiences are like. "
  • Megan Lane
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This story was a hard one to tell but Ellen Hopkins did a great job. It was easy to process and kept my interest. Definitely recommend. "
  • Diana Wheeler
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Impulse is an inspiring story about self-injury and healing from it. It really puts things in perspective."
  • Howard Holmes
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I'm always looking for young adult novels that deal with the themes of violence and abuse. However, the story Impulse treats these themes as meaningless and provides no time in addressing these central concepts. Because this story only mentions these themes in passing, this novel is completely childish. "
  • Aanya Tata
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This looks very interesting. I think the plot and the reviews make this a good suggestion."
  • Lauren Griffin
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Ellen Hopkins writes great novels and this one is no exception. The unique writing style pulls you in and helps you feel the chaos of the characters and their stories. I'd suggest this book to teens and adults."
  • Graciela Murillo
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book is a cheesy love story based in a mental hospital. It doesn't really give an accurate portrayal of what it's like and it's a very typical YA teen love story. Not my first choice. "
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  • Steven Clark
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I really enjoyed reading this book and it was something different from the norm for me. Very well written and the story flows quite well."
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