In this mind-gripping novel, Ellen Hopkins writes in prose to tell the story of three troubled individuals. Connor, Tony and Vanessa have all ended up in a psychiatric hospital in Aspen Springs due to a series of unfortunate events. The trauma that controlled each character’s life, before they became patients, led them all to attempt suicide.
Connor has everything: Nice clothes, nice grades, and nice looks. What he does not have is the capability to trust or to love. Those abilities have been taken away from him by nearly every female in his life, except one. Unfortunately, the one woman who does teach Connor how to connect to his untouched emotion is one that is not allowed the will to trust or love Connor back. Because of his lost emotion, perfect Connor finds himself with a gun in hand aiming for his heart. But his imperfection shines as Connor finds himself alive, and left to deal with his reality after his suicide attempt.
Distressed but beautiful Vanessa has been battling with her shifting emotions, along with her mother’s, for years. But it’s not until she reaches Aspen Springs that she discovers that she has inherited bipolar disorder from her mother. Before Springs she didn’t know, and her uncertainty led her to something she could be certain of: Her blade. Vanessa is certain that as she cuts and sees not beads but blobs of crimson emerge from her arm that she is in control, but soon her blade isn’t enough.
Tony is not perfect or beautiful; Tony is the unlucky result of years of abuse from too many people to list. Living on the streets and losing the only person who ever loved you to AIDS can overwhelm a person, and Tony is no exception. When Tony’s deadbeat father, with a thick wallet, decides to stroll back into his life once Tony hits rock bottom, he’s not ready to deal with it. With nowhere to go but down, literally, Tony makes an effort to overdose on pills to end his life.
Connor, Tony, and Vanessa all have different stories, different reasons why they have tried to end their lives, and different reasons for why they need each other when they reach Aspen Springs. And it is in each other that they try to find a way out of their disturbed minds. (Naomi D., ETHS).
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