Fallout (Crank Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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This gripping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Crank trilogy features a refreshed look and a trade paperback trim size.

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 ...
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Overview

This gripping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Crank trilogy features a refreshed look and a trade paperback trim size.

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The final installment of the trilogy that began with Crank and Glass examines the impact of Kristina's methamphetamine addiction on three of her children, now teens. Though not raised by their mother, they are still "dealing with the fallout of choices" she made, beginning in her own teenage years, as the narrative shifts among them. Hunter is quick to anger and experiments with substances, too; Autumn suffers from OCD and panic attacks because "things happened" when she was little; and Summer bounces around to different foster homes before running away with her boyfriend. Fans will recognize the author's trademark style: this is a gritty, gripping collection of free verse and concrete poems. Hopkins neatly creates news articles attributed to Associated Press, Variety, and other sources, clueing readers in to the fates of other characters from the first two books. In the end, readers will be drawn into the lives of each of these struggling teens as they deal with complicated home lives, first loves, and a mostly absent mother who "wants to love them," but is too damaged to do so. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)
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"The final installment of the trilogy that began with CRANK and GLASS examines the impact of Kristina's methamphetamine addiction on three of her children, now teens. Though not raised by their mother, they are still 'dealing with the fallout of choices' she made, beginning in her own teenage years, as the narratives shifts among them. Hunter is quick to anger and experiments with substances, too; Autumn suffers from OCD and panic attacks because 'things happened' when she was little; and Summer bounces around to different foster homes before running away with her boyfriend. Fans will recognize the author's trademark style: this is a gritty, gripping collection of free verse and concrete poems. Hopkins neatly creates news articles attributed to Associated Press, Variety, and other sources, clueing reading in to the fates of other characters from the first two books. In the end, readers will be drawn into the lives of each of these struggling teens as they deal with complicated home lives, first loves, and a mostly absent mother who 'wants to love them' but is too damaged to do so." —Publishers Weekly

"Hopkins’ pithy poetry is the perfect vehicle to deliver the festering emotional beating that drug addiction inflicts on families. . . . Fallout is impossible to put down." - VOYA

VOYA - Barbara Johnston
Hopkins uses free form verse and alternates the stories of three of Kristina Snow's teen-age offspring to show the effects of her meth addiction on their lives. Adopted by Kristina's mother, Hunter Haskins lives in Reno and does not know his father. With his angry outbursts, heavy drinking, and cheating, Hunter imperils his serious relationship with girlfriend Nikki. Seventeen-year-old Autumn Shepherd doesn't remember her mother and, with her father, Trey, in prison, she lives in San Antonio with his sister. Autumn suffers from panic attacks and obsessive-compulsion disorder (OCD), and uses alcohol to ease her pain. Summer Kenwood, now fifteen, has been "drop kicked around" placement homes and endured sexual abuse. When her father, Ron, gets picked up for drunken driving, Summer lands in foster care again but runs away with sexy meth-using Kyle. Circumstances throw all three together at Christmas. They confront, not only their mother, but the jarring reality of the choices they are making. Containing f-bombs and some sexual description, Hopkins' pithy poetry is the perfect vehicle to deliver the festering emotional beating that drug addiction inflicts on families. The experience is painful enough suffered vicariously and might jostle readers into examining their own decisions about drugs and alcohol. Unfortunately, many will find themselves in similar circumstances through no fault of their own. In the "Author's Note," Hopkins offers them understanding and direction for "breaking the cycle." A quick read considering its page length, Fallout is impossible to put down. Last in the trilogy (Crank, Glass), it is also a powerful stand-alone. Reviewer: Barbara Johnston
Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
This third novel in a trilogy about a meth-addicted mother and her offspring from five different fathers turns the reader's attention to her three eldest kids. Hunter Haskins grew up withmaternal grandparents and he has never met his father, an alcoholic. At nineteen he is a rising radio personality but with that comes groupies and parties. Exhibiting self-indulgent behavior, he smokes pot, drinks a lot, and cheats on his girlfriend. Savvy, streetwise Summer Kenwood spent her childhood bouncing around foster homes. She seems to have an attraction to "bad boys."Autumn Shepherd was raised, by her grandfather and single aunt. Her grandfather is seriously ill and Aunt Cora is getting married. Autumn knows about her mother's addiction, but is uses alcohol to cope with her situation. When she finds out that she has brothers and sisters, she takes off with her father to spend Christmas with a family she never knew she had. Language and situations are adult and graphic, but so is the power of hope that runs through their stories; and the message about the evils of meth comes through loud and clear. Readers root for Hunter, Summer, and Autumn as they struggle to conquer the addictive tendencies in their own lives. Hopkins delivers a well-crafted story in verse form for mature readers. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Kristina, the meth-addicted antiheroine of Crank (2004) and Glass (2007), has five children by four different men. Fallout is about the lives of her three oldest children. Hunter lives with his grandmother in Nevada. He cheats on his girlfriend and smokes a lot of dope. Autumn lives with her sweet aunt and gruff granddad in Texas. She has OCD and knows little about her mother. Summer lives in a trailer in California with her father and a string of abusive/slutty/stupid girlfriends. She hates pretty much everyone. Hopkins's not-quite poetry is as solid as ever, though her use of visual formations gets more mystifying and extraneous with each novel. Unfortunately, it's unlikely that Glass is fresh in the minds of most readers. As such, the Venn diagram of Kristina's baby-daddies, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and drug buddies -is impossible to follow, and may frustrate even the most interested readers. So much deciphering cripples the pace of Fallout. The plot is choked with the perpetual damage of meth addiction—there's too much message and not enough action. Hopkins spreads the narration too thin between three unlikable narrators, and none is ever fully realized. The mood here is just as depressing and cautionary as Glass, and Hopkins's presentation is even more self-indulgent.—Johanna Lewis, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

Crank (2004) and Glass (2007) readers will relish this look at Kristina's three oldest children, now teenagers, all conceived in the chaos of crystal-meth addiction. Hunter, 19, lives with Kristina's parents, who adopted him years ago; Autumn, 17, lives with an aunt, ignorant of any extended family; Summer, 15, bounces between her father's trailer and unsafe foster homes. Their legacy is not only drug addiction but also the underlying malaise—half unhappiness, half boredom—that set up Kristina for addiction years ago. Parched for connection and excitement, these teens turn to love and sex, and sometimes booze and drugs, because their lives offer no other interests (though a convergence at their grandparents' house offers a faint whiff of hope). The clipped free verse sharply conveys fragmented and dissociated emotions. Autumn and Summer are completely believable characters, Hunter less so. This loosely reality-based conclusion (Hopkins's daughter is the real "Kristina," but her actual kids are much younger) will heartily satisfy series fans despite gratuitous emphasis on the bestseller-driven fame of the author's fictionalized alter ego. (author's note) (Fiction. YA)


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442409453
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Series: Crank Series , #3
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 23,879
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Ellen Hopkins
Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven young adult novels, as well as the adult novels Triangles and Collateral. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at EllenHopkins.com and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsYA. For more information on Ventana Sierra, go to VentanaSierra.org.
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We Hear

 

 

That life was good

before she

met

                                            the monster,

but those page flips

went down before

our collective

cognition. Kristina

                                            wrote

that chapter of her

history before we

were even whispers

in her womb.

 

The monster shaped

                                            our

Lives, without our ever

touching it. Read on

if you dare. This

                                            memoir

 

isn’t pretty.

Hunter Seth Haskins

SO YOU WANT TO KNOW

 

 

 

All about her. Who

                                            she

really is. (Was?) Why

she swerved off

the high road. Hard

                                            left

to nowhere,

recklessly

indifferent to

                                            me,

Hunter Seth Haskins,

her firstborn

son. I’ve been

                                            choking

that down for

nineteen years.

Why did she go

                                            on

her mindless way,

leaving me spinning

in a whirlwind of

                                            her dust?

IF YOU DON’T KNOW

 

 

 

Her story, I’ll try

my best to enlighten

 

you, though I’m not sure

of every word of it myself.

 

I suppose I should know

more. I mean, it has been

 

recorded for eternity—

a bestselling fictionalization,

 

so the world wouldn’t see

precisely who we are—

 

my mixed-up, messed-

up family, a convoluted

 

collection of mostly regular

people, somehow strengthened

 

by indissoluble love, despite

an ever-present undercurrent

 

of pain. The saga started here:

 

FORWARD

 

 

 

Kristina Georgia Snow

gave me life in her seventeenth

year. She’s my mother,

 

but never bothered to be

my mom. That job fell

to her mother, my grandmother,

 

Marie, whose unfailing love

made her Mom even before

she and Dad (Kristina’s stepfather,

 

             Scott) adopted me. That was

             really your decision, Mom claims.

             You were three when you started

 

             calling us Mama and Papa.

             The other kids in your playgroup

             had them. You wanted them too.

 

We became an official

legal family when I was four.

My memory of that day is hazy

 

 

 

 

at best, but if I reach way,

way back, I can almost see

the lady judge, perched

 

like an eagle, way high above

little me. I think she was

sniffling. Crying, maybe?

 

                               Her voice was gentle. I want

                               to thank you, Mr. and Mrs.

                               Haskins, for loving this child

 

                               as he deserves to be loved.

                               Please accept this small gift,

                               which represents that love.

 

I don’t really remember all

those words, but Mom repeats

them sometimes, usually

 

when she stares at the crystal

heart, catching morning sun

through the kitchen window.

 

That part of Kristina’s story

always makes Mom sad.

Here’s a little more of the saga.

 

Chapter one

 

 

 

 

It started with a court-ordered

summer visit to Kristina’s

druggie dad. Genetically,

 

that makes him my grandfather,

not that he takes much interest

in the role. Supposedly he stopped

 

by once or twice when I was still

bopping around in diapers.

Mom says he wandered in late

 

to my baptism, dragging

Kristina along, both of them

wearing the stench of monster

 

sweat. Monster, meaning crystal

meth. They’d been up all night,

catching a monstrous buzz.

 

It wasn’t the first time

they’d partied together. That

was in Albuquerque, where dear

 

old Gramps lives, and where

Kristina met the guy who popped

her just-say-no-to-drugs cherry.

 

 

 

 

Our lives were never the same

                         again, Mom often says. That

                         was the beginning of six years

 

                         of hell. I’m not sure how we all

                         survived it. Thank God you were

                         born safe and sound. . . .

 

All my fingers, toes, and a fully

functional brain. Yadda, yadda . . .

Well, I am glad about the brain.

 

                         Except when Mom gives me

                         the old, What is up with you?

                         You’re a brilliant kid. Why do

 

                         you refuse to perform like one?

                         A C-plus in English? If you would

                         just apply yourself . . .

 

Yeah, yeah. Heard it before.

Apply myself? To what?

And what the hell for?

 

I KInD of enjoY

 

 

 

My underachiever status.

                   I’ve found the harder you

                                work, the more people expect

 

of you. I’d much rather fly

                   way low under the radar.

                               That was one of Kristina’s

 

biggest mistakes, I think—

                   insisting on being right-up-

                               In-your-face irresponsible.

 

Anyway, your first couple years

                   of college are supposed to be

                               about having fun, not about

 

deciding what you want to do

                   with the rest of your life. Plenty

                               of time for all that whenever.

 

 

 

I decided on UNR—University

                   of Nevada, Reno—not so much

                               because it was always a goal,

 

but because Mom and Dad

                   did this prepaid tuition thing,

                               and I never had Ivy League

 

ambitions or the need to venture

                   too far from home. School is school.

                               I’ll get my BA in communications,

 

then figure out what to do with it.

                   I’ve got a part-time radio gig at

                               The X, an allowance for incidentals,

 

and I live at home. What more

                   could a guy need? Especially

                               when he’s got a girl like Nikki.

Autumn Rose Shepherd

Sometimes I See Faces

 

 

 

 

 

 

Somehow familiar,

but I don’t know why.

 

I cannot label them,

no matter how intently

 

I try. They are nameless.

And yet not strangers.

 

Like Alamo ghosts, they

emerge from deep

 

of night, materialize

from darkness, deny

 

my sleep. I would call them

dreams. But that’s too easy.

I Suspect

 

 

 

 

 

One of those faces belongs

               to my mother. It is young, not

 

 

much older than mine, but weary,

               with cheeks like stark coastal

 

 

cliffs and hollow blue eyes, framed

               with drifts of mink-colored hair.

 

 

I don’t look very much like her.

               My hair curls, auburn, around

 

 

a full, heart-shaped face, and

               my eyes are brown. Or, to be

 

 

more creative, burnt umber. Nothing

               like hers, so maybe I’m mistaken

 

 

about her identity. Is she my mother?

 

               Is she the one who christened me

 

Autumn Rose Shepherd? Pretty

name. Wish I could live up to it.

 

 

Aunt Cora Insists

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am pretty. But Aunt Cora

is a one-woman cheering section.

Thank goodness the grandstands

aren’t completely empty.

 

I’m kind of a lone wolf, except

for Cherie, and she’s what you

might call a part-time friend.

We hang out sometimes, but

 

only if she’s got nothing better

going on. Meaning no ballet recitals

or play rehearsals or guy-of-the-day

to distract her from those.

 

But Aunt Cora is always there,

someone I can count on, through

chowder or broth, as Grandfather says.

Old Texas talk for “thick or thin.”

Generally

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things feel

                                            about the consistency

                                            of milky oatmeal.

                                            With honey.

                                            Raisins.

                                            Nuts.

Most days,

                                            I wake up relatively

                                            happy. Eat breakfast.

                                            Go to school.

                                            Come home.

                                            Dinner.

                                            Homework.

                                            Bed.

Blah, blah, blah.

 

But sometimes,

                                            for no reason beyond

                                            a loud noise or leather

                                            cleaner smell, I am afraid.

It’s like yanking myself

from a nightmare only,

even wide awake,

I can’t unstick myself

from the fear of the dream.

I don’t want to

leave my room.

Can’t Bear the Thought

 

 

 

Of people staring, I’m sure

they will. Sure they’ll know.

Sure they’ll think I’m crazy.

 

 

The only person I can talk to

is Aunt Cora. I can go to her

all freaked out. Can scream,

“What’s the matter with me?”

 

 

             And she’ll open her arms, let me

             cry and rant, and never once

             has she called me crazy. One

 

 

             time she said, Things happened

             when you were little. Things you

             don’t remember now, and don’t want

             to. But they need to escape,

 

 

             need to worm their way out

             of that dark place in your brain

             where you keep them stashed.

 

Summer Lily Kenwood

Screaming

 

 

 

 

 

I learned not to

                                            scream

a long time ago.

Learned to

                                            bite

down hard

against pain,

                                            keep

my little mouth

wedged shut.

                                            Fighting

back was useless,

anyway. I was

                                            fragile

at three, and Zoe

was a hammer.

                                            Girls

are stinkier than

 boys when they                         

                                            get

dirty, she’d say,

scrubbing until I

                                            hurt.

And if I cried

out, I hurt

                                            worse.

I’m Fifteen Now

 

 

 

 

 

And though Zoe is no longer

             Dad’s lay of the day, I’ll never

                         forget her or how he closed

                                     his eyes to the ugly things

                                                  she did to me regularly.

 

He never said a word about

             the swollen red places. Never

                   told her to stop. He had to know,

                               and if he didn’t, she must have

                                            been one magical piece of ass.

 

Cynical? Me? Yeah, maybe

             I am, but then, why wouldn’t

                         I be? Since the day I was born,

                                     I’ve been passed around. Pushed

                                                  around. Drop-kicked around.

 

The most totally messed-up

             part of that is the more it

                         happens, the less I care. Anyway,

                                     as foster homes go, this one is

okay. Except for the screaming.

Screaming, Again

 

 

 

It’s Darla’s favorite method

of communication, and not

really the best one for a foster

 

parent. I mean, aren’t they

supposed to guide us gently?

 

                         Her shrill falsetto saws through

                         the hollow-core bedroom door.

 

                         Ashante! How many times

                         do I have to tell you to make

                          your goddamn bed? It’s a rule!

 

Jeez, man. Ashante is only seven,

and she hasn’t even

been here a week. Darla

 

really should get an actual job,

leave the fostering to Phil,

 

who is patient and kind-eyed

and willing enough to smile.

Plus, he’s not bad-looking

 

for a guy in his late forties.

And I’ve yet to hear him scream.

Darla Is a Different Story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here it comes, directed at me.

                                     Summer! Is your homework finished?

 

Hours ago, but I call, “Almost.”

                                     Well, hurry it up, for God’s sake.

 

Like God needs to be involved. “Okay.”

                                     I need some help with dinner.

 

Three other girls live here too.

                                     And turn down that stupid music.

 

The music belongs to one of them.

                                     I can barely hear myself think.

 

She thinks? “It’s Erica’s music.”

                                     Well, tell her to turn it down, please.

 

Whatever. At least she said please.

And would you please stop yelling?

Gawd!

 

 

 

 

 

My neck flares, collarbone

to earlobes. Like Erica

couldn’t hear her scream?

 

I fling myself off the bed,

cross my room and the hall

just beyond in mere seconds.

 

“Erica!” (Shit, I am yelling.)

“Can’t you . . . ?” But when

I push through the door,

 

the music on the other side

slams into me hard. No

way could she have heard

 

the commotion. “Great

song, but Darla wants you

to turn it down. What is it?”

 

                         Erica reaches for the volume.

                         “Bad Girlfriend.” By Theory of a Dead-

                         man. I just downloaded it today.

 

                         She looks at me, and her eyes

                         repeat a too-familiar story.

                         Erica is wired. Treed, in fact.

I Totally Know Treed

 

 

 

In sixth grade, the D.A.R.E.

dorks came in, spouting stats

to scare us into staying straight.

But by then, I knew more than

they did about the monster

because of my dad and his women,

 

including my so-called mom.

Her ex, too, and his sister and cousin.

Plus a whole network of stoners

connecting them all. The funny

thing is, none of them have a fricking

clue that I am so enlightened.

 

Tweakers always think no one

knows. Just like Erica right now.

“Shit, girl. You go to dinner lit

like that, you’re so busted.

Darla may be a bitch. But she’s

not stupid, and neither is Phil.”

 

                         Here comes the denial.

                         Her shoulders go stiff and

                         her head starts twisting

                         side to side. But she doesn’t

                         dare let her eyes meet mine.

                         What are you talking about?

 

 

 

“Hey, no prob. I’m not a spy,

and it’s all your life anyway.

I’m just saying you might

as well be wearing a sign

that says ‘I Like Ice.’ If

I were you, I’d skip dinner.”

 

                         I turn, start for the door,

                         and Erica’s voice stops me.

                         It’s just so hard to feel good,

                         you know? I do know. And

                         more than that, it’s just

                         so incredibly hard to feel.
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  • Posted September 13, 2010

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    I don't know how to put into words what I feel about these books. They are so powerful that I know I just can't do this review the justice it deserves. I stay so emotionally wrecked while reading these books that it takes me a couple days to recover. Fallout was no exception. It had me laughing, crying, and shaking with anger in the span of only a few pages.

    In CRANK and GLASS we go through teenage Kristina's dance with "the monster", meth. We see her spiral deeper and deeper into addiction. When reading these two books from Kristina's point of view you just can't help but feel sorry for her, feel like it's not all her fault. But, while reading Fallout, which is from the point of view of her 3 teenagers, we see the fallout of Kristina's addiction of a completely different point of view. I found myself hating that same girl that I once felt sorry for. How dare she keep doing the things she's doing when she has these wonderful children that she should be living her life for?

    We learn that her amazing mother has been through so much for her and that she could have gotten help, if she would have just reached out and accepted when it was offered to her time and time again. I don't know how anyone could read these books and even consider trying drugs afterward. Once you see how one person's addiction can spiral out of control and affect so many peoples lives.

    These books should be required reading in every high school across the country in my opinion! Don't ban it, celebrate it! I suggest all of my readers who haven't read this series yet run out and buy it right now!!! What are you waiting for?

    17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2011

    ehhh, not as good as crank or glass.

    the book was good and i read it all in a day, but i hated how it just left you wondering what happened to everyone. the boyfriend in the hospital, the pregnant autumn i just hate it when books leave you wondering what's gonna happen and then never have another book about it. since this is the final chapter, you'll never know.

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    truly amazzing

    a good book.the series speaks out about how drugs ( or the monster) can effect your life,but not just yours. drugs will effect others if they cant find the courage and hope to break the cycle. thought you can do it once?think again!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    Different point of view but still a decent end to the trilogy!

    When I first started reading this, I had to stop and double check that I didnt skip a few books. Was confused that Kristina's children were telling their side of the story and how their lives were affected by her and her addiction. I felt that Kristina's side of the story wasnt finished. There couldve been a few more books from her view.

    It was hard to keep up with which kid belongs to who so I kept mixing up the characters but I ended up catching on after a bit. I liked each one of the kids in their own way. Each of them had their own issues. Bugged me how issues were brought up and then that was it...nothing more about it.

    I was expecting more of an ending and it seemed like it just ended too fast. There was too much unfinished business and unresolved conflicts with Kristina and her kids. Wouldve been a better ending if there was more of a meaningful resolution.

    I still read this book fairly quickly but not as quick as the first two books. I am a bigger fan of the first two books for sure but the third is still decent in its own way.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Fallout

    Perfect way to end this trilogy: writing a book in Kristina's childrens point of view(: (Ellen Hopkins you ROCK!!!)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2011

    FALLOUT

    this book is amazing it teaches u things that i never thought was possible

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Amazing conclusion to a trilogy

    Reviewed for Monster Librarian as part of Banned Books Week

    With Fallout, the third book in the series that started with Crank centered on Kristina, a meth addict, Hopkins moves on to show the effect Kristina's selfish and yet victimous ways have had on her children. Fallout is told through three narrators: Hunter, Kristina's first child, born of a rape and trying to deal with rage; Autumn, who struggles with OCD and turns to alcohol to get her through a major life change; and Summer, who doesn't know about any of her siblings, and has been raised by a series of abusive foster homes and her own addict father. It focuses on the effect Kristina still has on those around her, and covers a wide spectrum of emotional and psychological problems.
    Fallout is raw, as can be expected from Hopkins, sharp and yet beautiful as well. Hopkins manages to bring new sympathy to the subject, even to the characters readers already know about have have started to hate. While the full scope of the story would be missed if readers started here this is the book of the series that most calls to the loved one of friend struggling to support (or justify not supporting) an addict. Highly recommended.
    Contains: drug use, sex, language

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    i picked up crank from my school library... after reading 13 rea

    i picked up crank from my school library... after reading 13 reasons why by jay asher. reading crank,
     i wasnt used to how it was written in verses but ellen hopkins really made it interesting.
    when i finished reading crank and glass, the book weirdly made me think about this girl in my school
    who is a meth user... she isnt an addict but she plays with other drugs.she like the real  kristina/bree
    it is a sad thing.... i try to help her but she doesnt let me. im reading the fall out now which is about her 3 older kids, its very interesting so far to see how this kids lives are due to their mother and fathers mistakes. i really like summer view on the situation. ellen hopkins with these books really touched me and i hope her daughter is recovering well. addiction is a hard thing to get rid of. i have a addiciton to self harm.. and i hope to recover.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2011

    very good, I read it in about 2 days, I could not put it down!

    very good, I read it in about 2 days, I could not put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2014

    Amazing book. Not as good as Crank, but quite an amazing story.

    Amazing book. Not as good as Crank, but quite an amazing story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Good ending.

    Fallout was a good way to end the series although it had ended to fast, there was a lot of unfinished problems i would have liked to know how they came along or were resolved. Good way to end the series with a kids point of view altough i had gotten the two girls mixed up a lot! Plus i never even heard of their exsistence in glass so having these girls added to hunter plus two little boys whos veiws were never shown was a bit of a shock i feel like their should have been another book in between glass and fallout so hopefully some sense was made. Ellen hopkins is an amazing writer and really captures the esesence of the young rebels downfall. Yes i know she writes with vulgar and sexual content but i am 14 and can b mature about it, i mean its a part of life if you do not like the way she writes then dont read it all.

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  • Posted January 9, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    A series to read once. I don't know, verse novels aren't my kind

    A series to read once. I don't know, verse novels aren't my kinds of reads. Some maybe but there are others I thought were okay. This one again, wow. The writing in verse was interesting. Would I read these again? Maybe. No, well maybe. Anyway, read the series if its your kind of read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Amazing

    This entire series is incredible, and really shows what meth can do to not only a person, but a whole family.

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    Posted September 27, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    This book is genius!

    I recommend you read the first 2 books obviously! But this book is incredible, one that I think everyone should read! Not just this book but the whole series. Just a wonderful, heart throbbing, beautifully twisted book. Pick it up and read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    ...

    I think this was a good way to end the books. I loves them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Azerix to fallout players

    Hello! My names Azerix. I have played New Vegas and Fallout 3 so please dont as me about 3 or the origional.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Love it

    I like all of them alot

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

    Wonderful Conclusion to a Wonderful Series!

    Fallout by Ellen Hopkins was the third installment of the Crank Series. This was the story of all of Kristina's children (she happened to have five of them), and how they are coping with their lives in many different situations. Throughout all of these children's misadventures, they somehow find a way to make it all together, and meet their mother. And what Kristina says to her children at the end will surprise everyone. Hopkins writes this novel in a way that makes all of the other books in this series spin together and everything ends with one clear ending that ties up all loose ends, and leaves the reader, with, with a feeling of hope. I look forward to reading anything written by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Amazing!!

    I read the whole series. <3 So sad its done with.

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