by Ellen Hopkins
Today, Triangles finally hits the shelves! This is New York Times bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins' first adult novel. Most know Ellen for her YA books like Crank, Burned, and her newly released, Perfect. If you have read any or all of her books you know that she does not beat around the bush. Her books are raw and real and horrific. They deal with topics that most authors are afraid to touch or go in depth with. Not Ellen, she includes all the graphic details of some horrible things that occur in our world, which is why her books are so relatable and enthralling. As far as her first adult novel goes, nothing changes other than even more mature graphic details. And let me tell you, it is great.
In Triangles, we meet three women in their early forties who are all dealing with "mid-life crisis" situations. One is experimenting with extramarital sex even though she has the ideal life that so many envy. Another has a terminally ill daughter and a gay teenage son and a husband who isn't around to help her deal. And the last is a single mom struggling to find herself in the shadow of the promiscuous aforementioned character. Throughout the book we follow the drama, passion and realisitc stories of these three women in their downward spiral and uphill climbs.
As far as the writing goes, Ellen uses her signature style of writing in verse. This is a "no holding back" emotionally driven writing style. She writes about such extreme situations, thoughts and emotions that poetry seems to be the only way to express it. It's not flowery or overly descriptive, it's just real and powerful. You really are in the minds of the characters. Because her writing is so captivating and simple you can't help but fly through this book. You will laugh, cry and want to throw it across the room, but you are gripped by her storytelling and not let go until the end.
I'm very excited for the release of this book. And after meeting her at a recent signing for Perfect, I know that she is all ready writing her next adult novel called Collateral and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. I also know there is more to come of the characters in this book only in a YA format. Very excited for that. I have read her work through all my teen years and now into my twenties. I am glad that I am aging with her writing and can't wait for more to come.
Check out this video of her discussing this great book: