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Triangles by Ellen Hopkins

Posted by Caitie F on October 15, 2011

Title: Triangles
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Atria (Simon and Schuster)
Publication date: October 18th, 2011
Rating: ++++

Summary (from goodreads):

In this emotionally powerful novel, three women face the age-old midlife question: If I’m halfway to death, is this all I’ve got to show for it? Holly, filled with regret for being a stay-at-home mom, sheds sixty pounds and loses herself in the world of extramarital sex. Andrea, a single mom and avowed celibate, watches her friend Holly’s meltdown with a mixture of concern and contempt. Holly is throwing away what Andrea has spent her whole life searching for—a committed relationship with a decent guy. So what if Andrea picks up Holly’s castaway husband?

Then there’s Marissa. She has more than her fair share of challenges—a gay teenage son, a terminally ill daughter, and a husband who buries himself in his work rather than face the facts. As one woman’s marriage unravels, another one’s rekindles.

As one woman’s family comes apart at the seams, another’s is reconfigured into something bigger and better. In this story of connections and disconnections, one woman’s up is another one’s down, and all three of them will learn the meaning of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness before it is through.


Though I love YA books, i have never read any of ELlen Hopkins’ books before. I always thought the verse seemed strange and didn’t think I would enjoy it.

Well, this book is also written in verse and I thought it was really good! It is not like the story is told in rhyming verse like i thought it might be. It actually reads like a paragraph would, only it allows for more creativity and explanation through the shape of the text. That said, if you have an ereader that doesn’t have text formatted, I would suggest that you get the print version of this book. The format really adds to the storytelling and emotions of the story.

This was so much more than the womens’ fiction book it appeared to be, and that is mostly because of Marissa’s story. Getting to see her change and grow throughout was a real joy. Her daughter’s story broke my heart, but also was the source of joy. Watching her son truly be comfortable with who he was, and convince his parent’s to feel the same way, lifted my spirits.

I didn’t love all the story lines. I wanted to smack some sense into HOlly many many times. But I did like how Ellen Hopkins approached infidelity.

This book was just so much fun to read. i stayed up late both nights that I read it because I couldn’t put it down!


One Response to “Triangles by Ellen Hopkins”

  1. I’ve come to love books written in verse so I’m really looking forward to this book.

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