Impulse is a 2007 American young adult novel in verse written by Ellen Hopkins. The novel digs into the lives of three troubled teenagers as they try to work their way out of the hospital by getting through what put them there. Three teens, three different stories, one death wish. Their lives will intersect at a psych hospital. Can they help each other deal with the pain of their previous lives? Most importantly, can they help themselves move beyond their personal demons? Or will the IMPULSE take control?
From the book jacket:
Conner Sykes: Conner is the perfect boy. He's handsome, has amazing grades, and is amazing at sports. His family seems like the poster family for the magazines. He and his twin sister, Cara Sykes, (found in Hopkins' book, Perfect) are supposed to be perfect. His sister has achieved that status in the eyes of Conner's parents. Connor finds himself to what he can not have, like older women. However, when his parents' try to force him to live up to their impossible standards, Conner's only choice is to pull the trigger.