November 3, 2019

Series Sunday: Crank / Glass / Fallout

(Crank Trilogy) 

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.
"Meth. The monster. It's a bitch on the body but damn do you fly." ~ pg. 69

My Series Sunday pick is a triple-feature! Crank is the first book in the trilogy of same name by Ellen Hopkins. Glass is the shattering sequel. And Fallout is the monster of a conclusion.

Crank is the disturbing story of a relationship between Kristina, a character based on the author's own daughter, and "the monster" known as crank/crystal meth. This highly addictive drug was first introduced to Kristina while visiting her usually absent father. Then came more drugs, more lies, more dangerous boys and more flow of crank.

"The look on Mom's face is indescribable—a mixture of disbelief, panic, and rage." ~ pg. 244

In Glass, Kristina thinks she can control her addiction to glass/crystal meth. Now she has a baby to care for. But the everyday pressure of being a teen mom calls her back to the drug. She needs it to stay alive and will sacrifice anything—even her baby. But her mind is playing tricks. We all know that and so does her concerned mother.

Finally in Fallout, the verse comes to an end. Almost twenty years later, Kristina's family still feels the effects of her addiction to crank. Told from the point of view of her children, readers see them follow the wrong path to sex, drugs, abuse, alcohol and partying. The thread that ties them together brings hope and an urgency to break the cycle.

"Catching a buzz is one thing. Yanking the devil's tail is just plain stupid." ~ pg. 16

Addiction is real. It affects the brain and actions of the person and even more-so, loved ones. Even through the detailed personal prose, I cannot imagine how author Ellen Hopkins dealt with her daughter's addiction to drugs in real life. A struggle is an understatement. Her strength, angst, resignation and acceptance are prominent through the 1,500+ pages. As I read each passage, I am thankful that Ellen Hopkins opened her windows to give us readers a peek inside.

TRIGGER WARNING! This trilogy is easy to read based on the poem style but the content is very heavy and sensitive. No wonder the publication spans six (6) whole years. The author and readers alike needed a breather. Crank started this trilogy with a punch to the gut. The story really hit me. But like a first high, the next two books didn't meet the same chase. However, it is hard to miss the message: Addiction is never just one person's problem!

Title: Crank
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Published: October 2004
Pages: 356
Edition: eBook
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤

Title: Glass
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Published: August 2007
Pages: 508
Edition: eBook
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤

Title: Fallout
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Published: September 2010
Pages: 681
Edition: eBook
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤

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