Thursday, November 3, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Triangles by Ellen Hopkins

Triangles THREE FEMALE FRIENDS FACE MIDLIFE CRISES IN A NO-HOLDS-BARRED EXPLORATION OF SEX, MARRIAGE, AND THE FRAGILITY OF LIFE.Holly: Filled with regret for being a stay-at home mom, she sheds sixty pounds and loses herself in the world of extramarital sex. Will it bring the fulfillment she is searching for?Andrea: A single mom and avowed celibate, she 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?Marissa: She has more than her fair share of challenges—a gay, rebellious 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’s rekindles. As one woman’s family comes apart at the seams, another’s reconfigures into something bigger and better. In this story of connections and disconnections, one woman’s up is another one’s down, and all of them will learn the meaning of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness.Unflinchingly honest, emotionally powerful, surprisingly erotic, Triangles is the ultimate page-turner. Hopkins’s gorgeous, expertly honed poetic verse perfectly captures the inner lives of her characters. Sometimes it happens like that. Sometimes you just get lost.Get lost in the world of Triangles, where the lives of three unforgettable women intersect, and where there are no easy answers -goodreads

Triangles was my first ‘adult’ Ellen Hopkins book. And I was not disappointed. Not that I thought I would.  I’m going to go all fangirl on you for a moment- I love Ellen Hopkins. Something about turning poetry into a novel just excites me. She writes beautifully, and maybe it is the poetry, but every time I read a book of hers I feel like I can relate to every single person in some way or another and I'm just drawn in, making it extremely hard to put down!
Anyways, back to the point...
Triangles is a novel that concentrates on three different women; Holly, Marissa and Andrea.

Holly: She is pushing 40 and was going through a mid-life crisis. Focused on working out and trying to start it up as an erotic novelist, Holly gets bored of her life. She has 3 kids, a loving husband, great house, everything anyone would ever want. However... sometimes once you have everything you get bored. Holly starts experimenting in the sexual realm of things, saying it's all research for her book. She basically is throwing away something for a little excitement, instead of just talking to her husband!!

Marissa: A mother of a gay son (who by the way is amazing portrayed in this book- strong, sometimes rebellious, independent and trying to help out whenever he can) and of a terminally ill daughter. Oh she is also wife to a husband who is never there, always focused on work and not helping out with their daughters rigorous health routine. Once she learns a very detrimental secret of her husband she has to figure out what's in her best interest.  Tears were shed during her story.

Andrea: Is the middle thread as mentioned before. Holly is her best friend and Marissa is her sister.  Andrea, she goes from one bad guy to the next, never catching a break. She sees how great Holly and her husbands relationship is (on the outside) and how barren her sisters relationship is, and she is stuck between the two. Her story seemed the most lack lustre of all three of them to me, while it wasn't boring it just wasn't memorable, definitely getting the sense that she was the anchor to hold the two other stories together.

Now that the main character descriptions are out of they way, they all go through some coming of age dilemma. And as always, Hopkins tackle difficult subjects, Triangles being no exception. The central theme though is cheating with other topics ranging from threesomes, to sex parties, to accepting a gay child, to name a few.

I totally enjoyed this book. It was hard to keep down and I wanted to know about each character getting mad that their section ended, but then excited to read on to the next one.  The erotic/sex scenes were also written very tastefully so that if your teenager picked this up you wouldn't have to explain anything to embarrassing.

You know how much I love Ellen Hopkin, so please go and read this, or any of her novels. You will not be disappointed!
“Spilling a Secret

What its size,
will have varying
consequences. It’s not
possible to predict
what will happen
if you
open the gunnysack,
let the cat escape.
A liberated feline
might purr on your lap,
or it might scratch
your eyes out. You can’t
until you loosen the knot.
Do you chance losing
a friendship, if that
friend’s well-being
only be preserved
by betraying sworn-to
silence trust? Once
the seam is ripped, can
it be
mended again?
And if that proves
impossible, will you be
when it all falls to pieces?”
Ellen Hopkins, Triangles

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