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September 14, 2010
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
This story is very close to Hopkins because Crank is about her own daughter's drug addiction and subsequent pregnancies. I love this author. She's not afraid to write a story that makes people uncomfortable and brings to light real issues that teens face. Believe me when I tell you that I've had some interesting conversations with students that have read her books. If you've never tried Hopkins I urge you to pick up CRANK...you'll never look back and will quickly devour the rest of her books!!! I've already requested this one from my library.....CAN NOT WAIT!
All of Hopkins are very popular with my students. Great choice.ReplyDelete
Okay, obviously I've been missing some great reads. I never heard of this author...LOL enjoy this one Staci. Here is my post:ReplyDelete
I'll bet a lot of readers are waiting for this. Sounds really intense but probably inspirational.ReplyDelete
Holy wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww this sounds amazing!! YAY for an author that is all about writing the 'real'! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)ReplyDelete
I'm not familiar with this series, but now I'm sooo intrigued. I'm going to have to snag the first two and get ready for the third!ReplyDelete
How interesting! This was one of the books I was considering for today...but I chose another one.ReplyDelete
I read her book Identical. I think all of her books use that unique "verse" format, that took me awhile to get used to.
thanks for this recommendation (Crank). I just reserved it.ReplyDelete
Have you read "Beautiful Boy" by David Sheff? I just finished it two days ago - it is non-fiction, an account of his "journey" through his son's decade-long meth addiction. It was chilling. I have the son's book on reserve too---from the inside of addiction. I also want to read "Methland".
I've never heard of this series, but it looks intense! Great pick. My WOW is at The Crowded Leaf.ReplyDelete
Nice choice! I’ve heard Ellen Hopkins is a fabulous author. I really need to read one of her books.ReplyDelete
Wow, this sounds interesting and emotional. Here is my hereReplyDelete
I've got to get to Crank!ReplyDelete
Disfunctional family seems to be an understatement in this story. I can see why these books are so gripping.ReplyDelete
I have picked up Crank a few times at the library but then put it down. I guess maybe I should give it a shot since you liked it so much.ReplyDelete
sounds like a great series :)ReplyDelete
I haven't heard of this series before, but I'm so in! I need to go pick up the first two books now.ReplyDelete
I haven't read any of her books, but I keep hearing how great they are. Will have to start adding them to the TBR list.ReplyDelete
Our pick is at BookSake.
Oooh, I'm getting ready to discover Ms. Hopkins through Crank :D Even more excited now!!ReplyDelete
I haven't heard of this one yet, but I am going to have to read it! Don't forget spirit wear tomorrow!ReplyDelete
How did I miss this author? These sound really interesting and I'm adding them all to my wish list.ReplyDelete
I'm really looking forward to this one, too! I thought Crank and Glass were both very good.ReplyDelete