Collateral

Collateral

A Novel

Book - 2012
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From the sensational writer of the young adult classics Tilt, Crank, and Perfect-- and the New York Times bestselling author of the adult novel Triangles --the gripping story of a woman torn between love for her boyfriend, a dedicated Marine deployed to Afghanistan, and the resentment she has for the war that is tearing their lives apart.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Triangles comes an exquisitely told story about a young woman torn between passionate first love and the gripping realities of war.

Meet Ashley, a graduate student at San Diego State University. She was raised in northern California reading poetry and singing backupin her best friend's band. The last thing she ever expected was to end up a military wife. But one night, she meets a handsome Marine named Cole. He doesn't match the stereotype of the aggressive military man she'd always presumed to be true; he's passionate and romantic, and he even writes poetry. Their relationship evolves into a deeply felt, sexually charged love affair that goes on for five years and survives four deployments. Cole desperately wants Ashley to marry him, but when she meets another man, a college professor, with similar professional pursuits and values, she begins to see what life might be like outside the shadow of war.

Written in Ellen Hopkins's stunning poetic verse style, Collateral captures the hearts of the soldiers on the battlefield and the minds of the friends, family, and lovers they leave behind. While those at home may be far from the relentless, sand-choked skies of the Middle East and the crosshairs of a sniper rifle, they, too, sacrifice their lives and happiness for their country at war. And all must eventually ask themselves if the collateral damage it causes is worth the fight.

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COLLATERAL

Loving Any Soldier

Is extremely hard. Loving a Marine who's an aggressive frontline marksman

is almost impossible, especially when he's deployed . . .

. . . Cole's battalion has already deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. Draw-down be damned, Helmand Province and beyond

looks likely for his fourth go-round. You'd think it would get easier. But ask

me, three scratch-free homecomings make another less likely in the future.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Atria Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. --
ISBN: 9781451626377
1451626371
Characteristics: xii, 496 p.

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KKPGIRL
Dec 03, 2012

Sexual Content: Lots of very sexual content/ sex scenes.

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KKPGIRL
Dec 03, 2012

Violence: There's some domestic violence involved, and it involves the war (of course).

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KKPGIRL
Dec 03, 2012

Coarse Language: Says things like the F word and mother-F repeatedly.

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Dec 03, 2012

This book was okay, but it's definitely not my favorite Ellen Hopkins book, and is actually probably my least favorite. I just didn't connect with (or particularly like) the characters, and I kept waiting for something really deep, profound and surprising to happen, but it really didn't. In the last couple pages, there was an altercation, but it honestly didn't even surprise me that much. Overall, I just didn't really enoy this book very much, and I probably wouldn't recommend it, either.

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Dec 03, 2012

KKPGIRL thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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