Before You Read Fallout, read Crank & Glass!


Quick Overview:
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

 Thoughts On The Book:
 This is a raw, honest book that gives teens a pretty insightful look into what it's like to grow up as the child of a drug addict. Readers who haven't read the first two books might not have quite the same emotional investment in this family (and they may be confused by news clippings that feature characters from those books), but they'll still be moved by the protagonists' struggles to control their own lives. They will also be saddened by how few options are open to them, and what bad choices they often make.
The free verse makes this an easy read -- teens will be surprised at how quickly they make it through 600+ pages -- but readers will be digesting the intense material for a long time to come. 

Ellen Hopkins

Hopkins began her writing career with nonfiction books for children, including Air Devils and Orcas: High Seas Supermen. She has written 56 such non-fiction books.
Hopkins had a daughter who became addicted to crystal meth, or "crank." In 2002, her struggle inspired Hopkins to begin writing her debut novel, Crank, meant to express the horrible influences of drug abuse and addiction. Hopkins has since written several verse novels on teenage struggles, including Burned, Impulse, Identical, Glass, Tricks, and Fallout. Glass is the sequel to Crank, and Fallout, the third and final book in the series, was released on September 14, 2010. Perfect is scheduled to be released in 2011, and it's a companion novel to Impulse. Hopkins also plans on releasing a sequel to Burned, Smoke, in 2013.
She loves her home state and her adoptive parents. Later in life, she found her biological mother, Toni Chandler, who was a writer and poet. Hopkins believes most of her writing talent originates from her.She also considers her fifth grade teacher the first person to encourage her to become a professional writer.

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