I don't know how to put into words what I feel about these books. They are so powerful that I know I just can't do this review the justice it deserves. I stay so emotionally wrecked while reading these books that it takes me a couple days to recover. Fallout was no exception. It had me laughing, crying, and shaking with anger in the span of only a few pages.
In CRANK and GLASS we go through teenage Kristina's dance with "the monster", meth. We see her spiral deeper and deeper into addiction. When reading these two books from Kristina's point of view you just can't help but feel sorry for her, feel like it's not all her fault. But, while reading Fallout, which is from the point of view of her 3 teenagers, we see the fallout of Kristina's addiction of a completely different point of view. I found myself hating that same girl that I once felt sorry for. How dare she keep doing the things she's doing when she has these wonderful children that she should be living her life for?
We learn that her amazing mother has been through so much for her and that she could have gotten help, if she would have just reached out and accepted when it was offered to her time and time again. I don't know how anyone could read these books and even consider trying drugs afterward. Once you see how one person's addiction can spiral out of control and affect so many peoples lives.
These books should be required reading in every high school across the country in my opinion! Don't ban it, celebrate it! I suggest all of my readers who haven't read this series yet run out and buy it right now!!! What are you waiting for?
I still have a few pages to go before finishing (I'm trying to savor each page) and I can already rate Fallout five stars. Like the other reviewer said, it's powerful. So powerful. I wish I was as good with words as Ellen Hopkins' is - maybe then I could convey my feelings properly.
Hopkins' has no "bad" books - they're all powerful in their own right and they are ALL worth reading. My favorites are, and always will be I think, the "Kristina" books, of which this is the third.
I honestly feel Hopkins' has at least enough material, not to mention talent, to keep this going. She could do a book each on the kids, at least another book and possible more on Kristina herself, she could even spin off and do a book on Ron, the others, her parents, etc. Is she? No. She's not. She's ending it here. And as sad, so utterly sad, as that makes me, it also makes me respect Hopkins' on a whole other level. Because I know of no other author, and I mean this, who hasn't, doesn't and/or wouldn't milk this for everything that can be squeezed out of it. It's all about the money right? Well, she's stopping here. She's stopping and giving her readers a huge gift at the same time. We'll all be able to remember the Kristina books fondly instead of being bogged down with the 17th book coming out in 2015.
Hopkins' threw herself on a different scale with this IMO and she deserves the utmost respect IMO. There are reasons her readers love her and it goes far beyond the fact that her books are amazing and different from all the rest, it's because she's real and that shines through in her works. I will always, always be an Ellen Hopkins fan.
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com
Fallout - an unexpected or incidental effect, outcome, or product.
FALLOUT is exactly that definition....the effects of Kristina Snow's addiction with crank. The fallout that the title is referring to is the effects on her kids. FALLOUT tells the story of three of Kristina's children: Hunter (the oldest), and two daughters, Autumn and Summer.
Each of these children live different lives with different families. Hunter, the most fortunate of Kristina's children, lives with his grandparents in a normal life. Hunter constantly battles his own demons, though. He has a decent job with a local radio station and a relationship with a good girl, Nikki. But Hunter is constantly messing up that relationship and trying to find ways to prove to Nikki that he truly loves her.
Autumn is the daughter of the infamous Trey. She lives with her Aunt Cora and her grandfather. Her situation isn't that bad, either. But her aunt is getting married and that changes everything. It's at her aunt's wedding that Trey appears and shakes things up.
And finally we meet Summer. Summer lives in a broken-down trailer these days with her alcoholic father and his current flame. Summer had a decent boyfriend, but ruins it all when she falls for his best friend, bad news Kyle.
During the course of the next few months, the children of Kristina are on a spiral to a surprise ending one Christmas. They will all come together in an unplanned way.
FALLOUT is yet another amazing novel by Ms. Hopkins. It is an emotional roller coaster that leaves the reader saddened, and then triumphant, for the children affected by a parent's addiction.
Beautiful ending to an emotional roller coaster! I love her writing style and how she takes us thru the journey of the 'monster'. I absolutely loved Crank, Glass and Fallout, but this ending was magical. I will forever remember these books!!! Highly recommend 2 any and all!!!