Fallout by Ellen Hopkins

Title: Fallout
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Genre: YA Fiction
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary (from Amazon):

Hunter, Autumn, and Summer—three of Kristina Snow’s five children—live in different homes, with different guardians and different last names. They share only a predisposition for addiction and a host of troubled feelings toward the mother who barely knows them, a mother who has been riding with the monster, crank, for twenty years.

Hunter is nineteen, angry, getting by in college with a job at a radio station, a girlfriend he loves in the only way he knows how, and the occasional party. He’s struggling to understand why his mother left him, when he unexpectedly meets his rapist father, and things get even more complicated. Autumn lives with her single aunt and alcoholic grandfather. When her aunt gets married, and the only family she’s ever known crumbles, Autumn’s compulsive habits lead her to drink. And the consequences of her decisions suggest that there’s more of Kristina in her than she’d like to believe. Summer doesn’t know about Hunter, Autumn, or their two youngest brothers, Donald and David. To her, family is only abuse at the hands of her father’s girlfriends and a slew of foster parents. Doubt and loneliness overwhelm her, and she, too, teeters on the edge of her mother’s notorious legacy. As each searches for real love and true family, they find themselves pulled toward the one person who links them together—Kristina, Bree, mother, addict. But it is in each other, and in themselves, that they find the trust, the courage, the hope to break the cycle.

Told in three voices and punctuated by news articles chronicling the family’s story, FALLOUT is the stunning conclusion to the trilogy begun by CRANK and GLASS, and a testament to the harsh reality that addiction is never just one person’s problem.

My Review:

This is the conclusion to the Crank trilogy and what an amazing conclusion it is.

In Fallout, we follow three different points of view: Hunter, Autumn, and Summer. Three of Kristina’s five children. They’re all teenagers, Hunter being the oldest at the age of 19.

Each one of them tell their own story about how they barely knew their mother or father, wondered why they didn’t deserve to be part of a real family, why did the monster have to tear them apart, of all people?

Hunter lives with Kristina’s parents, Autumn lived with her father’s father and aunt, and Summer was thrown into multiple foster homes.

They all come across their own ups and downs in life when it comes to alcohol, drugs, and sex. Yet, for the most part, none of the kids go down the same path as their mother.

Each voice was unique and deeply interesting as each character went through their own problems. The writing is as beautiful as ever told in prose and path text.

I have to admit that I really felt bad for Kristina throughout the novel. Yet, I feel bad for her children even more.

This book is powerful and intense at times, but it’s definitely an informative read, one that I think everyone should give a chance.

Fallout by Ellen Hopkins gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“Anger is a valid emotion. It’s only bad when it takes control and makes you do things you don’t want to do.” –Ellen Hopkins, Fallout

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Glass by Ellen Hopkins

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Title: Glass
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Genre: Fiction, social and family issues
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary (from Amazon):

Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it’s all the same: a monster. Kristina thinks she can control it. Now with a baby to care for, she is determined to be the one deciding when and how much, the one calling the shots. But the monster is strong, and before she knows it, Kristina is back in its grip…and it won’t let go.

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

Being the sequel, Glass picks up right where Crank left off.

Kristina is home and everything seems well. She’s back with her mother and step-father, her baby son Hunter, and no monster to get in her way.

Except the monster comes knocking on her door and as much as she wants to say no, she just can’t resist.

Kristina’s encounter with glass not only endangers herself, but endangers her loved ones. The lying and sneaking out starts back up again. However, Kristina’s mother is too smart to be fooled this time around.

Kristina gets kicked out of her own house and must learn to fend for herself while her mother takes care of her son. Kristina is heartbroken by this, but the drugs have a stronger hold on her than her own flesh and blood.

The poetic and rhythmic style of this story makes it easy to read and understand. Told through Kristina’s eyes, the reader really gets a sense of how strong drugs can really be.

Glass is a heavy, powerful story and is a must read for anyone; especially since the more Kristina lets the drugs control her, the deeper she gets herself into trouble.

Glass by Ellen Hopkins gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“Just don’t forget you won’t find a better friend in the world than the friends you have in your family.” –Ellen Hopkins, Glass

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Crank by Ellen Hopkins


Title: Crank
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Genre: Fiction — Social and family issues
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary (from Amazon):

Kristina Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble.

Then, Kristina meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul—her life.

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

Written in verse, Crank is a beautiful–but heavy–read.

This book isn’t for the faint-hearted. While it is fiction, it is based off of Hopkins’ daughter and her trouble with drugs.

Kristina lives with her father for one summer. Under his influence and a new boy she meets, she tries crank, meets the monster. Kristina then realizes there seem to be two people inside her: Kristina, not under the influence of drugs and, Bree, under the influence.

Kristina’s life choices keep going down as Bree takes hold, begging for more and more drugs.

The ending is bittersweet, but this is only the beginning.

This isn’t the type of story I would normally read, but I can’t get enough of Hopkins’ writing style. The poetry is beautiful and most pages create a picture with the words or create two poems in one. It’s genius.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“The problem with resolutions is they’re only as solid as the person making them.” –Ellen Hopkins, Crank

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NaNoWriMo Prep Workshop

Prep Workshop

Last night was the first of two NaNoWriMo prep workshops. It was a free webinar hosted by Spreecast.

Four authors were there–Kami Garcia, Ellen Hopkins, Danielle Paige, and Jonathan Maberry–to discuss their own writing habits and give advice to the rest of us. The advice stretches from NaNo and beyond.

It was informative and definitely cool to see what best-selling authors have to say about certain things such as characters, world-building, etc.

I took notes in my NaNo notebook because… Well, why not?

So I thought I would share the video in case any of you missed it or forgot about it or whatever the reason, but you still wanted to be part of it.

You can view the video at Spreecast.

It’s about an hour long, but definitely well worth it.

The next workshop is about diversity in characters in which authors Dhonielle Clayton, I.W. Gregorio, and Miranda Paul gives us tips and tricks.

That workshop is Tuesday October 20. You can RSVP to the free webinar here to check out which time is right for you, depending on your time zone.