21. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Contemporary Fiction, Courtney, Fiction, Women's Fiction (chick lit)

Triangles by Ellen Hopkins, read by Courtney, on 02/17/2012

I’ve been a long-time fan of Ellen Hopkins’ work. Of course, the vast majority of it is teen/YA oriented, so naturally I was curious to read her foray into adult fiction.
Here’s the basic storyline: 3 women, all very different, come to a place in their lives where nothing is as certain or easy as it once was. Holly is married with several kids and has the picture-perfect life. Except for the fact that she regrets marrying early and not finishing school. This sense of lost time sparks her to explore the extra-marital world, allegedly “research” for the erotica she’s beginning to write . Her best friend, Andrea, a divorcee with a teenaged daughter is mostly privy to Holly’s colorful lifestyle but neither particularly supports or condemns the choices Holly makes. Andrea is more concerned with her daughter who is on the precipice of adolescence. Finally, there is Marissa, Andrea’s sister. Marissa is unhappily married with two children. One has a degenerative disorder that will ultimately end her young life. The other is gay, which both parents are still attempting to come to terms with.
The story cycles through each woman’s point of view and their stories begin to intertwine. I’ve always been a fan of Hopkins’ prose-poem style of writing, which she continues to use here. It works well in this context, though less observant readers may find themselves confused as to which character is speaking. I personally had trouble relating to these characters, mostly because I’m not yet married and have no children. Also, I’m about 10 years younger than they are. In fact, aside from Marissa, I’m not even sure I really liked the characters. I wouldn’t exactly recommend this to teen readers of Ellen Hopkins; this is definitely an adult book. I’m so used to reading teen fiction that I found myself blushing at some of the more intimate scenes. It is, however, probably a very good choice for mothers of teenaged children as the relationships presented between the mothers and their kids is particularly well done.

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