Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

Available At: Air Academy, DCC (HS), Liberty , Rampart

Categories: Cursing, Drug Abuse, Sexual, Violence

Description: Three teens who meet at Reno, Nevada’s Aspen Springs mental hospital after each has attempted suicide connect with each other in a way they never have with their parents or anyone else in their lives.

YA Label?: No

Notes: This book contains violence; sexual nudity; sexual activities; profanity; and illegal drug use.

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Page 13: I won’t tell you I never tried crystal, but it really wasn’t my thing…I diddled with pot first, but that tasty green weed couldn’t drag me low enough. Which mostly left downers, “borrowed” from medicine cabinets and kitchen cabinets and nightstands. Wherever I could find them. And once in a while–not often, because it was pricey and tough to score–once in a while, I tumbled way low, took a ride on the H train. Oh yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. A hot shot clear to hell. I Wasn’t Worried About getting hooked, though I knew plenty of heroin addicts…I mean, you’d think half a bottle of Valium would do the trick. Maybe it would have, but I had to toss in a fifth of Jack Daniels. Passed out, just as I would have

Page 258: She gives me this great smile and I wonder, for maybe the thousandth time, what’s under her short little skirt….Eyes closed, I find her there in the dark, hands like silk, the kind you want to wear close to your most private places. Hands to Guide Little boys to exactly those places they want to see, to touch, to taste…My main ambition, once I leave here, is getting laid by some gorgeous older

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