A Novel

Hopkins, Ellen

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Baker & Taylor
Regretting her limits as a stay-at-home mom when she enters midlife, Holly immerses herself in extramarital sex, while single mom Andrea considers pursuing Holly's cast-off husband and Marissa witnesses the unraveling of her family.

& Taylor

Regretting her limits as a stay-at-home mom when she enters midlife, Holly loses weight and immerses herself in extramarital sex, while celibate single mom Andrea considers pursuing Holly's cast-off husband and Marissa, the mother of a terminally ill daughter, witnesses the unraveling of her family. By the best-selling author of Perfect. 150,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster

Holly: Filled with regret for being a stay-athome 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.

Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2011
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 1451626339
Branch Call Number: FIC H
Characteristics: 529 p. ; 24 cm.


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Mar 15, 2015
  • lunamoonstone rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I've never read an Ellen Hopkins book that I couldn't finish until I read this.

Sep 30, 2012
  • KKPGIRL rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book, but since I'm not a middle-aged woman with kids, I couldn't personally relate to any of them. The entire storyline is basically just spouses cheating on eachother while hiding it from their family. The storyline was somewhat interesting, and the ending definitely made me cry a little bit, but I'm mostly just looking forward to reading the sequel, which is from the point of view of the kids of these women. I've only read 4 or 5 of this author's other books, but this is definitely my least favorite. Overall, this particular book would probably interest older women more than the teenagers that usually enjoy Ellen Hopkins's books. Even though this book wasn't the best, I'm still really looking forward to the sequel since it's from the pov of kids my age.

Jul 13, 2012
  • samdog123 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

While I enjoyed reading about the characters in this book and found their individual stories to be compelling, I did not enjoy the free verse/poetry aspect. It would have been far clearer and to the point had it not been written in this manner. I've read other books in free verse and enjoyed them. What I didn't enjoy was Hopkins' foray into some sort of lyrical description of the accompanying text--made no sense at all to me, was boring and I started skipping this since it added nothing to the story at all.

Jun 18, 2012

I absolutely love ALL of Ellen Hopkins books! Triangles was different from the others because it centers around women instead of teenagers, but still a great read! I'm excited for the sequel "Tilt" to come out!!

Mar 19, 2012

Not Hopkins' best work. Have read everything that she has written.

These characters seem so stereotypical and nothing really surprises or pushes the envelope. We have the lonely spinster, the unhappy wife and the lady consumed by her kids. None of these story lines really goes anywhere exciting (a few steamy sex scenes excluded) but I am looking forward to the YA version of this novel! (Called Tilt)

When you are reading and finish a page of text, read just the words that are separated from the block of text, top to bottom. One of my favourite tricks of her writing style!

Jan 23, 2012
  • beckylunatic rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Wasn't melodramatic enough. I kid, I kid. I actually found this book better than most of Hopkins' YA writing because it wasn't quite so didactic, but her style is repetitive: throw in a poem with a sidebar summary when switching perspectives, and echo words and phrases from the end of the previous page; include more crisis-events than it's possible to handle with any kind of finesse. And a specific criticism: one of the acts Holly engages in with Bryan would be impossible without injuring Holly quite severely as it's described, and I think this lack of realism is irresponsible when dealing with an audience who might not know any better. You need a lot of time and lubricant for that, not just a few minutes and some spit.

Jan 14, 2012
  • hardkorelish rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was considered about how Hopkins would pull a book off that was not centralized around the teenage characters but instead around their mothers. I shouldn't have been so surprised though because she is a talented writer who often writes from the point of veiw of people close to her childrens age - where as this book was closer to her and her friends experiences now in life. I believe that is why this is by far the most well written and honest book Ellen Hopkins has ever released. It is aimed at an older audience, women who are married and having struggles with rebellious teens, sick children and straying husbands as well as themselves. Fantasic novel.

Dec 22, 2011
  • trizen rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

The story lines themselves are good. However, the poetry interferes with the telling too much. There's nothing particularly grabbing about the styles of poetry and it just doesn't flow. A disappointment. I've enjoyed her teen novels but was unimpressed with this one.

Sep 12, 2011

I can't wait for this book.<3

Sep 06, 2011
  • ambur rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was lucky and was able to read this one before its release date, and it was amazing!

It was my first time reading anything by Ellen Hopkins, and I was beyond impressed! She wove an amazing story, and she told it in an incredibly beautiful way.

I've also given this an age tag of 18 and over, while it isn't incredibly descriptive during the sex scenes, I do think most parents wouldn't want their children reading it. The one characters does quite a bit of experimenting, and her thoughts about sex in general might not be what parents what their children to believe.

That being said, I still loved this story. Each of the characters were so distinct, and I absolutely loved how their stories were interwoven, and also how each of their stories developed separately.

Since I haven't yet read her YA titles (you can bet I will in the future! :D), I'm not sure if the stories have similar tones, but since her writing style seems distinctive, I'm going to guess that they are. ;) So, I think fans of her previous work will like this, and I think new readers will too, I know I sure did. This was also my first time reading in poetic verse, and I loved it. If you have qualms about reading this because of the format, give it a shot, I did, and I'm so glad! I hope everyone who reads Triangles loves it as much as I did because...I loved this book a whole lot! :D


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Sep 30, 2012
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Sep 06, 2011
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