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Collateral - Ellen Hopkins
Though I had heard many positive things about Hopkins’ gritty verse novels for teens, [b:Collateral|12651912|Collateral|Ellen Hopkins|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1338843649s/12651912.jpg|17765607] was my first experience with her work and it left me extremely disappointed. The author’s use of verse never felt poetic; it simply seemed like prose broken awkwardly across a page.

Additionally, while it was clear what message the author was trying to impart about the effects of a military life on both the solider and those around him/her, it came off as heavy-handed and unbelievable; because the reader only meets the characters at the time of enlistment, it’s a big jump to believe that the personality changes described are attributable solely to the stresses of military life, as opposed to some inherent part of their dispositions.

Only recommended to those who enjoy Hopkins’ work and who are willing to read a very depressing tale about military life, abuse, and drug/alcohol use.