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Margaret K. McElderry Books, May 20, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 688 pages
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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.

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Easy to read, interesting, page turner. - Goodreads
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Another good insight to troubled teens. - Goodreads
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Ellen Hopkins writing is so emotional and raw. Impulse throws you into the lives of three teens currently living in a mental health facility. Through the eyes of each character (Connor, Tony and ... Read full review

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I was thinking of giving it 3 stars but the last 20% of the book made me change my mind. My happiest memories have no place in the past; they are those I have yet to create. Ellen Hopkins did a ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven young adult novels, as well as the adult novels Triangles, Collateral, and Love Lies Beneath. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsLit. For more information on Ventana Sierra, go to

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