Friday, June 8, 2012

Triangles-Ellen Hopkins


Ellen Hopkins

Atria, June 26 2012, $15.00

ISBN: 9781451626346

As Holly, Andrea and Marissa are turning forty soon, each deals with a crisis differently. Married to Jace, Holly begins to crash diet while starting and writing about her casual affairs, and being there for her teenage daughter Mikayla who is having her first relationship. Andrea’s offspring Harley seems well adjusted unlike her serial dating mom who is seeing Jace, who is aware that his wife is cheating on him. Heartbroken Marissa watches helplessly as her four year old daughter Shelby is dying, her spouse has emotionally given up, and she also struggles with her gay son’s sexual preferences.

Triangles is an engaging character study told in verse by the three women. Each of the females are fully developed and through their filters so are their family members. Though this contains well written and vivid verse, the constant state of trauma with no respites can feel overwhelming. Still readers who relish something different and poignant will appreciate Ellen Hopkins’s fascinating narrative poetry that enables the audience to learn of the past and understand what motivates each of the lead protagonists in the present.

Harriet Klausner

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