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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Triangles by Ellen Hopkins

by Ellen Hopkins
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4516-2633-9
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Description: 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.

The Good Stuff
  • No holds barred, dark, truthful, raw and honest
  • Writing style is unique
  • Some nice dark honest humour thrown in 
  • A lot of truths about parenting, being a women and marriage
  • All of the children characters are interesting,would have liked more about them - I love Shane
  • Heartbreakingly beautiful at times
  • Even-though it isn't my usual fiction and a little too sad and uncomfortable,  I just couldn't put it down. Hopkins grabs you with her understanding of relationships and makes all of the characters oh so very real
  • Fantastic character development
  • Poetically written (mostly in a good way -- we all know that poetry isn't my thing)
  • Very emotional (I'm talking rip your heart out stuff) - you will need Kleenex near the end
  • Fascinating to read all of the various observations about the same events from each of the friends
The Not So Good Stuff (MAJOR SPOILER AT END)
  • Its a real downer at times and extremely uncomfortable to read - this is not a feel good book
  • Sick terminally ill children make me cry and feel sick, I have a hard time with this
  • Does not put a hopeful spin on marriage and way too many uncomfortable truths about marriage and friendship - I need something a little more hopeful (This has nothing to do with the exceptional talents of the author)
  • SPOILER - The little girl dies and it is very raw and honest
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Shane was born perfectly fine, despite the same genetic pairing. One in four. That's what their odds were. God gave Shelby SMA. Shane just got "gay".

"She's penned her fair share of the spicy stuff. My expression must say more than I want it to because everyone laughs and Betty says, What? I may be old, but my memory is still good. And my husband isn't quite dead yet."

"Oh, and I got a makeover -new cosmetics to enhance my natural "beauty." What a joke. But hey, the just-barely-out-of-high-school department store "expert" managed to sell this "in need of advice" middle-aged  hag three hundred plus dollars' worth of lotions and creams, which do make my skin feel plumped and moisturized."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Good for adult reluctant reader
  • Perfect book for a book club discussion
  • Not for those who like something light and fluffy - that being said I am definitely reading something light and fluffy next cuz this was INTENSE
3.75 Dewey's (Based on my enjoyment not on talents of writer)

I received this from Simon and Schuster on behalf of the Bookalicious Twitter Book Club


  1. There will be a YA companion next fall, TILT, with three of the teens as the POV characters. Including Shane! Thanks for the read, and for the review!!

  2. Ellen- you are very welcome! I look forward to reading Tilt!