professornana (professornana) wrote,

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falling into FALLOUT

The resident of the back bedroom has been after me to read this book so she can take possession of it. She read CRANK and GLASS as well over the years. I hate to admit it, but I had not read the two previous books in this story. That means I came to this book with no back story, no knowledge of Kristina and her meth addiction from the previous two books. Call me a tabula rasa. In some ways, I think that was a good way to approach this third book. Instead of Kristina, I meet three of her children (more, actually, but three are the main narrators of this book): Hunter, Autumn, and Summer. In separate sections, each of the three reveal their stories. Hunter has lived with his grandparents who adopted him when he was young. Summer has lived part of the time with her father and part of the time in foster homes while he serves time inm prison. Autumn lives with her aunt. She does not know she has siblings at all. Each teen, though, has something of a legacy from their mother. Hopkins tackles the effects of meth addiction (and other addictions as well) head on with no flinching. Sometimes the damage is almost invisible; other times it is palpable. Her trademark novel in verse somehow manages to emphasize the darkness of addiction and the struggles of Kristina's children to move forward in their lives and relationships. The structure also makes the novel read incredibly fast. It can leave readers breathless. As someone who has seen the effects of addiction up close, the reactions and emotions of these characters rings quite true. Hopkins does not sugar coat the facts, the realities of life for the others whose lives are impacted when a family member is addicted. <453>
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