I have a good friend who reads and reviews Young Adult fantasy/fiction, and I have wanted to ask her if she has read any novels written by Ellen Hopkins. Ms. Hopkins has written the very popular YA books, Crank, Glass, et al. Although I haven't read them, I will do so very soon because I just finished reading her new adult novel, 'Triangles'.
This book isn't for kids.
Written in verse, I was rather hesitant about reading it; I've never been a fan of stories written in poetic verse or a letter format (re: 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society'). But once I took a deep breath, shoved aside my misgivings, and opened the book, I easily fell into the rhythm of the first chapter.
'Triangles' tells the story of three female friends: Marissa, a woman with a gay son, a terminally ill daughter, and married to an emotionally-distant man. Her life, it's safe to say, is filled with stress and challenges. Andrea, her sister, is divorced and a single mother. She has had relationships, but is now celibate. And then there is Holly. Holly is married to a loving man and together, they are raising three children. But, filled with regret, she rushes into extra-marital affairs, disguising them in her attempt at writing erotic fiction.
This novel is not your typical 'Chick Lit'; not 'cutesy' and clever. It is full of pain, heartache, joy, and remorse. And a lot of sex. Ms. Hopkins has written a very real story, one that captured my attention and didn't let it go until the heartbreaking end.
There's something for everyone in this story; things to which most of us can relate.
So, for my friend, and for all of you who enjoy Ms. Hopkin's YA fiction, take a step up and read her newest book. It's so very well worth it.