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Flirtin' With the Monster: Your Favorite Authors on Ellen Hopkins' Crank and Glass Paperback – May 12, 2009
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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 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.
About the Author
Ellen Hopkins is a poet and award-winning author, with 20 published nonfiction books for children and five NY Times bestselling young adult novels-in-verse. Her sixth novel publishes August 2009. She is currently hard at work on her seventh and says she hopes for a Printz nomination before she reaches her expiration date. Hopkins lives with her husband, 11-year-old son, two dogs, one cat and a "whole mess of fish" on her hilltop estate near Carson City, Nev.
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The first part of the book, detailed by Ellen, is incredible, it talks about the 100% real life experiences she went through, and was really cool to read about.
I'm not gonna lie though, I was pretty bored by the different authors' takes on 'Kristina's' story. It was kind of bland and had no real tie to the book. The only part of that I found interesting was the judge's perspective, because he had been through this multiple times, and was able to give some insight into the job of being a judge.
The book then took a complete turn from that, and gave us an incredible twist. There were parts written by 'Kristina's' family in the book, and it was so interesting to read. The first was her stepfather's, which detailed a heartbreaking insight into watching a girl that you once considered your daughter to change from someone so amazing and intelligent, to someone deeply hooked on crystal meth. Next was her sister's, who had once been not only sisters, but best friends with 'Kristina'. She detailed how her sister changed so quickly, and so noticeably.
The next part was really unexpected. 'Kristina's' son, Orion (Hunter in the books), who was 13 at the time, gave his account. It was deeply saddening to read something from a young boy, who had never touched crystal meth, but had it affect his life so deeply. He wrote beautifully, and his part was definitely the one that gave you the biggest look into how deeply meth can affect a family.
The last part was Cristal's (Kristina). It was incredibly heartbreaking. She never meant to hurt anyone, and she made bad choices that really screwed up her life. All she can do now is hope she can stay away from it, and hopefully live a somewhat normal life.
This book was 50/50 to me. 50% of it, the takes of different authors on the story, was pretty pointless and boring to read.
The other 50% makes me know this book was totally worth buying. It's one of the most interesting pieces I've ever read.
If you're a fan of the 'Kristina' series, you need this book.It's incredibly insightful, and gives you the realest depiction of 'Kristina' you'll ever get. Buy it. Buy it now.