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Grades 9 - 12Grades 3 - 5n/a4.555726
Sometimes you don't wake up. But if you happen to, you know things will never be the same.

Three lives, three different paths to the same destination: Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital for those who have attempted the ultimate act -- suicide.

Vanessa is beautiful and smart, but her secrets keep her answering the call of the blade.

Tony, after suffering a painful childhood, can only find peace through pills.

And Conner, outwardly, has the perfect life. But dig a little deeper and find a boy who is in constant battle with his parents, his life, himself.

In one instant each of these young people decided enough was enough. They grabbed the blade, the bottle, the gun -- and tried to end it all. Now they have a second chance, and just maybe, with each other's help, they can find their way to a better life -- but only if they're strong and can fight the demons that brought them here in the first place.
Hardcover, 672 pages
Published on January 23, 2007 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN-10: 1416903569
ISBN-13: 9781416903567
1 Book Review
  • danhoo1617
    danhoo1617almost 6 yearsFeatured
    Have you ever wondered what it would be like through the eyes of a depressed person with some mental issues? Well then I would recommend Impulse, by Ellen Hopkins. The book’s main protagonists are Conner, Vanessa, and Tony, all very troubled people who reside at a rehab center. Vanessa, a girl whose father is overseas and mother will do anything to take away the hurt, resorts to self harm to take away the pain. Tony, a boy who’s life was mostly lived on the streets. His father abandoned him, and his mother had many horrible boyfriends. He believed his only choice was to swallow pills. Finally, Conner. From the outside he lived the perfect life but on the inside he struggled to live with his parents high standards. He believed his only choice was to pull the trigger. The main antagonist in the story is the characters themselves. They all do many things to harm and injure themselves on purpose.One major conflict in the book is they all attempt to stop the harmful things they do but some give in to their addiction. Another conflict for them is trying to accept that people do care for them and they try to learn to love again.The main turning point in the book is when Vanessa,Tony,and Conner all find love and try to stop doing the things that hurt them the most. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a gritty but gripping novel that really touches on your emotions.