Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eight young adult novels, including the Crank trilogy and PERFECT, which are beloved by teens and adults alike. She lives in Carson City, Nevada.
Collateral centers on Ashley, an MFA student at San Diego State University. She grew up reading books and never dreamed she would become a military wife. One night she meets a handsome soldier named Cole. heir relationship evolves into a sexually charged love affair that goes on for five years and survives four deployments. Cole wants Ashley to marry him, but when she meets another man, a professor with similar pursuits and values, she begins to see what life might be like outside the shadow of war.
Five very different teenagers are living their lives as best they can, but they all feel lost, in search of freedom, safety, community and love. The five stories weave together to tell a larger, more powerful story.