Flirtin' with the Monster: Your Favorite Authors on Ellen Hopkins' Crank and Glass

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Ellen Hopkins, Leah Wilson
BenBella Books, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 180 pages
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Where is the line between truth and fiction?

Why do love and addiction so often go hand in hand?

What does the real "Kristina" think about the way her story is told in Crank and Glass?

Crank and Glass have always been more than just stories. Join their author Ellen Hopkins and a host of other writers as they delve deep into Kristina's story, from the straight truth on the physical effects of methamphetamine addiction to the psychological consequences of keeping secrets (and how Hopkins' books have encouraged so many teens to reveal theirs).

With an essay by Ellen's real-life daughter (the basis for the character of "Kristina") that tells her version of the events that inspired the books--along with perspectives from "Scott," "Jake," and 10-year-old "Hunter," the baby from Crank--Flirtin' with the Monster is a compelling journey through the complexities of Hopkins' beloved bestselling works.

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User Review  - khager - LibraryThing

This is nonfiction, although it deals with Crank and Glass. Those books are based on a true story; Ellen Hopkins’ daughter used meth and many of the things that happened in the books happened to her ... Read full review

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User Review  - kperry - LibraryThing

Normally, I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but I'm sure glad I did in this case. Ellen Hopkins did a fantastic job of editing this collection of essays from multiple points of view. Several authors ... Read full review

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Role Models
More Than Just a Broken Line
Love Is an Addiction
Why Kristina Cant Just Quit
A View From the Bench
Letting a Loved One Go
The Secrets Out
The Importance of Being Between
RealityBased Memoir vs NonFiction
Letting Go
Best Friend Stolen
Kristina Speaks Up

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About the author (2009)

Ellen Hopkins was born in Long Beach, California on March 26, 1955. She started her writing career with a number of nonfiction books for children, including Air Devils and Orcas: High Seas Supermen. She has written about 20 non-fiction books. Her first novel, Crank, was written in verse and met with critical acclaim. Her other fiction works include Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Tilt, Collateral, Smoke and Traffick, which made the New York Times Best-Seller list in 2015.

Leah Wilson is a senior editor at BenBella Books and is the editor of "Welcome to Wisteria Lane: On America's Favorite Desperate Housewives" and the coeditor of "James Bond in the 21st Century: Why We Still Need 007 "and "Mapping the World of the Sorcerer's Apprentice: An Unauthorized Exploration of the Harry Potter Series Complete Through Book Six," She lives in Dallas.

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