Collateral leads us on a journey of loving someone in the military. Ashley loves Coles, a hard-working marine, whom she has never known as a civilian. It all happened by chance, Ashley and Darian were in a bar when they met two marines, Spencer and Cole. Spence and Dar hit it off pretty quickly but Ashley and Cole were slowly falling for each other. But how hard is it to love someone that is hardly ever there? How do they cope? Well Darian found herself a new "friend," Kenny. That is, until something horrific happens to Spencer.... Ashley, however, loves Cole with everything she has, she goes to college, she waits for him, she plans their wedding, but what about her witty professor, Jonah? The theme throughout this book is war changes you. It changes the soldier, it changes the significant other, it changes everything you've ever known and nothing can be stopped. I really wish it would have ended differently, but not every story has a happy ending.
Collateral really hit home for me. Being a military girlfriend myself, I found myself crying on almost every page. War really does change everyone involved, especially the soldiers and their support teams. Ellen Hopkins has absolutely portrayed love and war in the best possible way. Thank you so much for this.
"Think long and hard before offering your heart to someone who can only accept it part-time."
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