Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Ellen Hopkins is the author of this YA book published in September 2010 . It's about the conclusion of Kristina Snow's story which began in Crank. Kristina is addicted to crystal meth and during her long love affair with this drug she gives birth to five children. Fallout is the story of Hunter, Autumn, and Summer. It's gritty and real. Hopkins doesn't glamorize anything and depicts realistically what happens to the children of drug addicts. Overall I thought this was a very well-written book. I liked getting to know these three young people and I feel that even though they didn't have a normal childhood and had to deal with problems that no child should have to endure, I still felt hopeful for them. I didn't like Kristina. I was hoping that she would have grown up and put aside her selfish ways, but she disappointed me terribly. I also wish that the three sibling would have gotten together earlier in the story. I would have liked to read more of the family dynamics in regards to how they interacted with each other. I got this book from the publisher unexpectedly and was over the moon to read it early! I would recommend this book to teens, fans of free verse, and anyone looking for a solid read. But do yourself a favor and start with Crank. This is one that should NOT be read out of order!! I rated it 4/5
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In honor of Banned Books Week, I would like to recognize Ellen Hopkins contribution to the YA genre. She's an amazing author who writes what kids want to read. They know that she will give them the real deal. They connect to her characters, because they've lived the story themselves. Hopkins continually faces censorship and the removal of her books from library shelves across the country. Stand up and let your voice be heard that CENSORSHIP is not acceptable and no one has the power to tell the reader what he/she can or can not read!
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