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Monday, October 3, 2011

Triangels by Ellen Hopkins

In this first adult novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the unforgettable Crank trilogy, three female friends face midlife crises in a no holds-barred exploration of sex, marriage, and the fragility of life.
Ellen Hopkins has made her mark as the wildly popular author of several novels for young adults—every one of them a New York Times bestseller, and every one a hard-hitting exploration of tough-to-tackle topics. Now, in Triangles, Hopkins brings her storytelling mastery and fearlessness to take on the challenges of adult dramas.
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.

Now I'll be the first to say that this isn't the type of novel I usually review.  This is definitely steered towards an older audience.

Holly is a mother of three and has been married for many years but  her lack of interest in her husband leads her to find affection elsewhere, flings, a lesbian affair and a new beau. Staying faithfull is a constant struggle and a rebellious teenage daughter is alot to handle.

Andrea has been married and divorced. then again one isn't always as they seem in high school as she learns the hard way through her marriage. she  has no luck with men and is a constant victim of her insecurities. And her daughter the only thing she's gotten right, barely wants to spend time with her , but rather her dead beat father.

Marissa has all the weight of the world oh her shoulders, with her rebellious gay son, her daughter dying of muscular disthophy and a distant husband who's interests lie solely on himself. His drinking and lack of communication is one thing but a five year affair is weight she can't take.

This story explores the difficulty of keeping our relationships healthy after a long period of time. It is easy to take things for granted and not invest as much time and as much of ourselves in maintaining the many ties with the people who surround us. This novel shows the importance of knowing what you want and doing everything in your power to get it. However it also shows that you never know what life has in store for you and the obstacles are not always easy to overcome. I believe it it a good book, her writing is always very engaging, you never want to put the book down, but i wish the ending revealed more about what resolution the women took moving forward in their lives.

It's kind of hard to decide which Seal of Approval to give Triangles. The writing was engaging and strong, but the lack of a conclusion really brought down my opinion of the book.  Therefore, Triangle by Ellen Hoking is getting the Gold Moody Seal of Approval.
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