Thursday, November 25, 2010

Fallout by Ellen Hopkins Review

From Goodreads: 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.

Rating: 4.5/5

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Ending: 4.5/5

So I'm finally getting to this review. Ellen's books always leave me so emotional and numb for a while afterwards so I didn't want to write a review right away. Now that I'm all stable and shtuff, on with the review!

Sadly, this is the last book in Ellen's Crank series, and while I was sad it wasn't from Kristina's point of view, I realized after reading it that Hopkins did the right thing by showing how her kids see her. I could have read this book in a day because it was so amazing and I needed to know how the Snow family turned out. But, like anyway who knows me knows, I stretch out  a book as long as I can if it's the last in a series. I don't think there's much I can say about this book without ruinning it for anyone but I do want to say that for the first time reading any of her books, I had real hope that things could be alright-even if your family is messed up.

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