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Flirtin' with the Monster: Your Favorite Authors on Ellen Hopkins's Crank and Glass

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Where is the line between truth and fiction?

Why do love and addiction so often go hand in hand?

What does the real ?Kristina? think about the way her story is told in Crank and Glass?

Crank and Glass have always been more than just stories. Join their author Ellen Hopkins and a host of other writers as they delve deep into Kristina?s story, from the straight truth on the ...

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Flirtin' With the Monster: Your Favorite Authors on Ellen Hopkins' Crank and Glass

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Overview


Where is the line between truth and fiction?

Why do love and addiction so often go hand in hand?

What does the real “Kristina” think about the way her story is told in Crank and Glass?

Crank and Glass have always been more than just stories. Join their author Ellen Hopkins and a host of other writers as they delve deep into Kristina’s story, from the straight truth on the physical effects of methamphetamine addiction to the psychological consequences of keeping secrets (and how Hopkins’ books have encouraged so many teens to reveal theirs).

With an essay by Ellen’s real-life daughter (the basis for the character of “Kristina”) that tells her version of the events that inspired the books—along with perspectives from “Scott,” “Jake,” and 10-year-old “Hunter,” the baby from Crank—Flirtin’ with the Monster is a compelling journey through the complexities of Hopkins’ beloved bestselling works.

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This uneven collection of essays about Ellen Hopkins's Crank (2004) and Glass (2007) combines outside analysis with firsthand perspectives from the people behind the characters. The free-verse novels describe "Kristina's" (the novelized name of Hopkins' real daughter) spiral downwards into methamphetamine addiction. Here, a treatment expert and a judge with experience sentencing meth addicts provide frank, disquieting chapters about the brain damage that makes meth such a "monster." Several authors, conversely, contribute slapdash social analysis and weak literary criticism plagued by unfounded conclusions, straw men and an odd ignorance of young-adult literature (lauding Hopkins as unusual for addressing dark topics, for instance). A grating absence of documentation discourages intertextual follow-up: Crank and Glass quotations lack page numbers (and often line breaks, which kills the razor-sharp verse), while other sources lack traceable references. However, fans will flock to the essays by the real "Kristina," her stepfather, her sister and the son she bore while on meth (he's now 11). Hardly a model for budding literary critics, but the stronger chapters and 11 new verses from Hopkins will entice-and appropriately frighten-readers. (Nonfiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933771670
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 130,686
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Hopkins
Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins has been writing poetry for many years. Her first novel, Crank, also written in verse, met with critical acclaim. She lives with her husband and son in Carson City, Nevada.

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  • Posted May 6, 2009

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    Reviewed by Angie Fisher for TeensReadToo.com

    Knowledge is power, and although Ellen Hopkins no doubt would have preferred to not have lived the nightmare of her daughter's dance with Meth and other drugs, she has chosen to share her experiences with others. We should be grateful she has.

    FLIRTIN' WITH THE MONSTER is Ellen's non-fiction, no-nonsense account of why she chose to tell her story to the world, her choice of the fiction genre verses memoir, and her solid belief that teenagers deserve to read about real issues that affect their very real lives. We can't protect our teenagers forever, and if one adolescent can read about someone else's mistakes, and be frightened into not ever making the choices Ellen's daughter made, then she will have paved her way to heaven.

    In this title, Ellen has joined forces with numerous people, and included letters written by her own family, "Kristina" included, to discuss the Monster, her writing, and the impact her two best-selling novels have had on their own and others lives. The book is testimony to the influence that a story such as this can have on a person, young or old, when the choice to try a drug that first time presents itself. And it will present itself.

    As Niki Burnham so eloquently puts it in the opening chapter on role models our kids are reading about, or not allowed to read about, "...those caring parents do their teen a greater service by allowing them to read whatever they want and making it clear they're willing to discuss it with them afterward: Protecting them by preparing them."

    The world is full of imperfect people with imperfect lives. Why should the books we open to our teenagers be any different?

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Lovely collection, inaccurate title on this website though.

    This isn't written by other authors... This is a collection of essays written by Ellen's family talking about their experience with the real life "Kristina/Bree".
    Wonderful read.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Amazinglly awesome

    She is the best author to ever hit the YA book scene. She has helped me so much through everything Ive been through. From the first time you pick up an Ellen Hopkins book you will want to read more of her work. I ABOSLUTELY LOVE HER BOOKS. Ive recomended them to my friends.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2009

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    This Book was Great!

    i loved it , it was kind of boring in the beginning but it caught up REALLY fast i recommend this book to anyone and i want more of ellen hopkins now i want to read all of her books cause i bet there as great as these ones. and and when ur beginning glass (the second part of this book) u just cant wait to see what happens! this is a great book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Amazing

    All of her books are amazing they have helped me trough hard times and i always go to these books if i need help

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    LOVE THEM ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have read all of her books and loved every single one of them l. Can't wait to read this one and hopefully she writes more. I recomend this to older readers although, it is not something for young readers.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

    Go Hunter!!

    I am so glad we got to here from Hunter!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

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    I absolutley STRONGLY DISLIKE this ellen hopkins lady because this is all she talks about. Hard times in life abuse

    2 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    this book is terrible

    dont waste your time on this book

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2014

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    No one has a perfect life and monsters come in all shapes and si

    No one has a perfect life and monsters come in all shapes and sizes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Help to that person

    How just go talk to him

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    This Book ...

    Genious cX

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 31, 2012

    Amen to janurary 1st

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