Ellen Hopkins veers away from the Young Adult genre to tackle adult fiction, but still keeps her free-verse poetry writing style.
What I loved: This book truly fascinated me as the reader is able to see a different side of war as opposed to typical "war-hero" stories.
Collateral was able to reveal not only the battles fought on enemy turf, but those fought at home as well.
"Everyone attached to those soldiers must sacrifice too."
More importantly, this book not only dissects the truth about war, but the realities of love, loneliness, life, family, friendship and so much more.
Ashley's story is haunting and harrowing as she has to decide whether love is more important than her own happiness and wellbeing.
After reading this book, I definitely have a deeper appreciation and reverence for military spouses.
Collateral was extremely hard to put down and was a quick read due to Ellen's free-verse poetry style.
What I didn't: Collateral weaves back and forth between Ashley's narration of present day and the past. The former and the latter are represented with a different font, however, at times it was difficult to keep track of what had just happened or happened years previously in the story.
Ellen Hopkins does include intimate scenes between Ashley and Cole throughout the story. These parts are sexy, yet sophisticated and written very tastefully. However, I feel some of the instances could have been left out. At times, I felt the sexual parts took away from the story as a whole, but again, the language was decent and I never felt uncomfortable reading these parts.
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