Books before food (and any sort of comfortable life).
Summary: 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 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. To Summer, 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, and the hope to break the cycle.
The first book was okay, the second a little better than bad, and this last edition was surprisingly an amazing end to the Crank trilogy. It’s easy to see that Ellen Hopkins has truly developed her characters to a noteworthy status. As a mother writing a fiction story based on her own daughter’s drug addiction, Hopkins was right to finish the series looking through the eyes of the children who are affected by a parent’s bad choices. It’s an eye-opener. Whether or not it is fortunate, I’d have to say that I can actually relate to the storyline, although my birth mother is not even close to being a drug addict. Haha. Anyways, I really loved this book and even though I wasn’t thrilled with the first two books, I think this series should be given an honest shot. Yet again I tip my hat to you, Hopkins.