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on February 22, 2016
Oh man, I'm obsessed with Ellen Hopkins books. Especially her 'Kristina' series. I find those so fascinating, and the fact that they're (loosely) based on a true story makes them even more interesting to me. When I found out she had written this book, what drew me to purchasing it was the fact that there was a part actually penned by 'Kristina".

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.
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on November 4, 2013
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 September 29, 2016
Love it. Super insightful. My favorite is the essays in part 2!
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on December 4, 2015
Great book after reading Crank, & Glass. Then the 2 that follow, Fall Out are awesome books.
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on December 5, 2015
The essays from the actual family that is discussed in the books is worth the buy.
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on March 18, 2014
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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on January 20, 2014
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 February 12, 2013
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 December 18, 2013
I bought this thinking it would be like the other books but it is more for educational purposes. This would be great with young teens.
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on January 7, 2010
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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