Thursday, September 23, 2010

Are you prepared for the "Fallout"?

So I don't know if you are familiar with either Crank or Glass or Ellen Hopkins but you should be. Ellen Hopkins writing style is addictive, story telling in poetry form. The first two books in trilogy, Crank and Glass, describe a teen girl's, Kristina or Bree, descent and walk with the monster known as crystal meth.

Crank describes how she fell for the monster, how an innocence trip to her absent dad's starts her journey downward. We see her fall in love for the first time, go from a good girl to an addict. We see how her parents struggle to keep her head above the water. The story ends on her still fighting the monster even after having her son.

In Glass we see how Kristina has tried to be the good girl again, only to fall into step with the monster again. This time she falls harder in with the monster. She abandons her family, her son. She loses everything only to find again that she is with child. She promises, in prison lock up to stay clean for her new unborn child.

With Ellen Hopkins' conclusion, Fallout, we hear the narrative through Kristina's children. Hunter, Autumn and Summer tell their tales, of their mom, her addiction, and what it has done to them. Each one of them fights their own problems, in a way their own addictions, they try to learn to be themselves. Each never really knowing their own mother. But seeing in the end, that they can see a bit of themselves in her.

I really do love this trilogy. Not only is it an addictive read, you seriously just can't stand to put down her books. (I secretly love when there is more than one narrative, gives me the illusion of a stopping point.) I finished Fallout in a day, and am itching to read it again, and Crank and Glass. To me these books are more than just an interesting story, a kind of don't let this happen to you moral. Though the books are mostly fiction, they are based around a true story. That to me makes this story, these books, all the more worth the reading. But even if you don't find the story line so attention grabbing as I do (which I find impossible to even think of) you will find Ellen Hopkins' story telling poetry attention grabbing and addictive.

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