Fallout by Ellen Hopkins

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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 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.

About Ellen Hopkins

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Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Tilt, and Smoke, 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.
Published September 14, 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 720 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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.

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Publishers Weekly

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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.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews five new young-adult or children's books: "Fallout,"
by Todd Strasser; "Year of the Jungle," by Suzanne Collins, illustrated by James ...

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Huffington Post

Horn Book Editor Roger Sutton Warns: A Fine Line Between Banned, Censored And Challenged Books.

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Common Sense Media

Parents, don't be afraid of your child reading this book, in- fact, read it with them, talk it over, this novel is perfect for a parent to teen talk.

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Common Sense Media

None of the teens were raised by their mother, but all struggle with her legacy -- as well as problems of an unstable life, including abusive homes, psychological issues, and their own addictions.

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Teen readers will see the impact that Kristina's addiction had on her family, especially her three oldest kids.

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Project MUSE

"Cold War civil defense," Monteyne argues, "was a discursive formation and spatial practice particularly well suited to representing the goals and powers of the welfare state," thus connecting civil defense then and now (p.

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Project MUSE

From historian Konrad Jarausch’s opening text analyzing the specifics of the peaceful revolution in East Germany in a comparative context, thereby detailing its “distinctive character,” to the final essays by Italian scholar Lina Insana and German professor Venkat Mani, who analyze respectively t...

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The Trades

Fallout, the third and final installment of Ellen Hopkins pseudo-autobiographical work begun with Crank and continued in Glass, shifts its point of view so that its story is delivered through three characters -- Hunter, Summer and August, the teenaged children of Kristina, whose methamphetamine a...

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