There is something about Ellen’s writing style that just reels you in and won’t let go unless you’re out of the water, or in this case finished with the book.
Impulse follows the stories of three teenagers on the brink of adulthood who try to take their lives but are unsuccessful. At Aspen Springs they are taught how to battle their demons that continuously tries its best to tip them over the edge.
These teenagers all tried to take their life because of something that happened to them in the past and dictated their present lives.
Ellen weaves this perfect story about these teenagers that make you cringe and puke your guts out at the raw ugliness of it all. There were many points in the story where i just couldn’t take the vivid description of it all. From the slicing of your skin to find that addictive pain and the emotions that seemed to be flowing out of the book on far too many occasions, yet i couldn’t stop myself from reading. There was just something so true and perfect about the novel that made me go on.
The story was told in verse form which seemed to make me love the book all the more. I would however hesitate to recommend this book to just about everyone. 16+ seems to be the perfect age. There are many dark themes in this book from suicide, drugs, homosexuality, raging hormones and child abuse. But its a definite must read.