Again, when I should have been finishing For Whom the Bell Tolls (almost there!), I was finishing up my latest modern writer obsession, Ellen Hopkins' Triangles.
I am really starting to like this author. In fact, she may have secured a spot into one of my top 5, which I am continually revising and rotating around. This story reads fast, partly because of her interesting blank verse format, but also because the story and the characters are compelling. This story hooked me, shocked me, made me want to cry and laugh and vomit from sheer emotional impact. I got addicted and finished the 530 pages quickly and easily and I wanted it to keep going.
I can't understand why this kind of thing hasn't gotten the hot kind of reaction as Fifty Shades of Grey. It was sexier and I'm pretty sure Hopkins found about a million different ways to describe her characters' sexual reactions and explorations other than "I blushed".
And the crazy thing is that Hopkins first came out as a YA writer. She has written plenty of YA novels such as Crank, Burned, Impulse, Perfect, and more. All of which I now want to get my hands on. There is also another adult novel, Collateral, which I can't wait to read. Although the story involves a marine and more military/weapons descriptions. Which reminds me, I have to put everything else away and focus on For Whom the Bell Tolls. Hemingway would laugh in my face if he knew how distracted I was getting.
If you love to read, and especially if you love to write, read Ellen Hopkins. But also read Hemingway.