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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Gold Star Award Winner!

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?

Reviewed by: Angie Fisher
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2010
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This book is quite heartwrenching when you have read the series of books by Ellen Hopkins. She explains who and why the books were written and the true life changing events. Simply shocking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2013
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If you follow the series this book is great to read how it all started and to actually hear from the real people who were talked about in the book.
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on November 4, 2013
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If you are expecting another one of Ellen hopkins' amazing novels, this is not it. This is a great read for fans of the Crank series. It is a short, quick collection of essays/articles from other authors and their thoughts on the story in Crank. The last part of the book includes accounts from the actual people who were affected by Ellen Hopkins' daughter's addiction, who is the inspiration for Crank and the subsequent books.
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on December 10, 2013
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Hopkin's writing is very informative. It puts you in the place where you can begin to comprehend the hold "The Monster" has on the people whom take that chance and holds it hand.
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on December 4, 2012
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I am very pleased with this purchase. Product arrived in a timely fashion and in the described manner. Would buy from seller again.
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on March 27, 2014
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My order shipped on time and was exactly as I expected. This book gives a detailed insight into Ellen Hopkins personal life. I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of her work.
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on January 28, 2013
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Provided the closure I needed with the Crank series. It was so touching to read the real family's accounts on how Kristina's addiction affected them.
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on January 20, 2014
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I was so captivated by the series that I bought this book because I didn't want it to end. It was good closure but not as good as the other books.
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on March 19, 2014
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good book. I have already finished it and started on the others. Thanks for having this in stock when I couldn't find it at any other place.
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