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

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Flirtin' with the Monster pulls back the curtain on Ellen Hopkins' smart and daring books Crank and Glass and explores their appeal and originality through a compilation of serious yet fascinating essays.

In addition to fan essays, Flirtin' with the Monster takes a deeper look at the issues behind Hopkins' bestselling novels by allowing the real teenage girl who inspired t

Paperback, 180 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Smart Pop (first published May 1st 2009)
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Kelly Hager
Sep 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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. (Hopkins and her husband have adopted their oldest grandchild and are raising him, for example.) I didn’t mention this in my reviews of the trilogy, because it’s not really relevant to them. It’s all over this book, however.

The first section’s essays are written by other authors and by people who se
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved loved loved these 2 books they were great hahah!!!!!!!' this book has to do with a girl who does drugs and she is just dieing because of all the drugs that she has tookin its just so powering to me i thought anybody who has dun drugs or anything like that should read this the age group that i think is good for people is through the ages 14+ thats what it think because there is some cussing and some sexually graphic things but that is about it teaches you what drugs can do ...more
May 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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, including Gail Giles, weigh in on different aspects of the issues involved in CRANK and GLASS. Ellen, herself, gives more insight into the turmoil her family went through during the years "Kristina" was in the grips of the monster. But, what is probably the most interesting and beneficial to teen r ...more
Feb 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
It was my first book That i had read by Ellen Hopkins
it was a good book a book to be remembered as a fact!!such Detail such exsitement it was a great book.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Until page 138 I was mind numbling bored.

Okay, that may be an exaggeration. I found some things mildly interesting. But not much.

This book is a collection of essays written about truth versus fiction, and whether or not crank should have been written as a memoir or not. None of that really interested me. I did however enjoy the last 40 or so pages about what i actually though the actual "point" of this book should have been about.

I don't care about how Cindy Williams China thinks about memoirs
Angie Fisher
May 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Knowledge is power, and although Ellen Hopkins no doubt would have preferred to not have lived the nightmare of her daughter’s dance with Meth and other drugs, she has chosen to share her experiences with others. We should be grateful she has. Flirtin’ with the Monster is Ellen’s non-fiction, no-nonsense account of why she chose to tell her story to the world, her choice of the fiction genre verses memoir, and her solid belief that teenagers deserve to read about real issues that affect their ve ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not a typical Ellen Hopkins read. I absolutely loved how Kristians family had there own passage. Every passage I could relate to in some way. I feel in love with ellen Hopkins at a freshman in high school... when sitting in in school suspension I refused to do anything but read all banned books from the library (only way I'd behave and stay out of trouble) ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Meh. The first two thirds of this were really boring, until you get to the parts that were written by the "characters" and the girl herself. Everything else is just filler analyses and info most of us already are aware of. ...more
Holly Spencer
I throughly enjoyed this book! It was nice to read about how Ellen Hopkins began writing the “Crank” series, and why she chose to write it. The reasoning behind it is very powerful, and tells a very powerful story. I highly recommend! 10/10
Linsey Albee
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was only able to find sections of this book, but what I did read was heartbreaking. I am super invested in this story and it’s sad to realize the horribly negative results that drug abuse and addiction all too frequently have on families.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ellen-hopkins
It was interesting reading what other respected authors thought of Ellen and her unique writing
Bree Crowder
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Every reader of Crank, Glass, and Fallout should pick up this book. If you haven’t read any of the aforementioned books yet, do it. Right now. We all have something to learn from this story.

Ellen Hopkins has edited an incredible collection of essays. Our favourite authors and characters discuss everything from role models, the verse format, addiction in all its forms, and who addiction is really affecting: the user and everyone who cares about the user
Bree Lowry
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was interesting from many different areas. The beginning, "Part 1", is other authors reviewing Ellen Hopkins' work as well as input from a judge and a psychologist. From a writer's viewpoint, it was very informative and allowed me to learn of new techniques and the reasons for writing and brought to light, not only the different techniques one can use when writing, but how these techniques are received and why (or why not) they are effective. The psychologist and judge showed how Ellen ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Flirtin' With the Monster is a collection of essays: some from authors, some from other professionals, such as a counselor and a judge, and others from members of "Kristina's" real-life family. The only works I've read related to this collection have been Hopkins' - I'm not familiar with the work of the other authors involved.

More Than Just a Broken Line: This essay focused a lot on the creative process. There was a lot in this particular one that I had heard many times before, between poetry an
Julie G
Oct 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Before I actually review the book, I have to say that while the idea of a collection of essays about Crank and Glass written by other YA authors and experts really excited me, I hate hate hate when authors use dialect, especially the " -in' " ending to show us that they are talking like everyday people who may be urban or southern or poor. And dialect in a title? Annoying. But I didn't let an annoying title dissuade me because I liked the Crank series and I love books about books.

Although the au
So, obviously, if you haven't read Crank or Glass, this book is going to make about zero sense to you. But, as far as a collection of essays go... eh, it was only so-so.

Honestly, it was the intellectual essays that turned me off to this book. While, yes, they were interesting (in fact, my favorite was from the Judge's point of view), in some ways they didn't really add to Hopkins books. I feel that that's kind of the whole point to these collections, is to expand on her thoughts and feelings and
Jennifer Wardrip
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Knowledge is power, and although Ellen Hopkins no doubt would have preferred to not have lived the nightmare of her daughter's dance with Meth and other drugs, she has chosen to share her experiences with others. We should be grateful she has.

FLIRTIN' WITH THE MONSTER is Ellen's non-fiction, no-nonsense account of why she chose to tell her story to the world, her choice of the fiction genre verses memoir, and her solid belief that teenagers deserve to
Czarina Espanol
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
I rated “Flirtin' with the Monster” by Ellen Hopkins a two out of five. It was a total disappointment. I am a huge fun of Ellen Hopkins. I've read many of her books and I was always content after reading each one of them. I did not originally choose this book for my non-fiction novel. I initially chose a book about King Henry VIII due to my interest in the Tudor family. But after my first option failed to impress me, I chose this book hoping it would prevail. Unfortunately, it did not. A huge ch ...more
This book is a continuation from Ellen Hopkins’ books Crank, Glass and Fallout all based on the life her daughter chose and how drugs changed not only her life but the life of those around her. This is a non-fiction book written in two parts. The first part is made up of contributions by a group of Ellen’s peers which include other authors/poets, a counselor, and a judge. Each one of the essays that is written by Ellen’s peers highlights different aspects of addiction and how it affects the pers ...more
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Amazing and entirely insightful. These essays written by authors and Ellen and Ellen's family, including the daughter that Crank, Glass, and Fallout originated from are the icing and cherry on the top of a sundae. They complete the story in a way that I didn't think I needed but know was important to tell and to read as an uberfan.

The stories that resonated with me the most were the Judge from Carson City, citing what kinds of dopamine levels are created with meth and what he sees in the court
Apr 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
I had to read this for my English class (because we can't read CRANK and GLASS at my school). I was blown away! Even though Hopkins wrote her stories about her daughter's meth addiction, they aren't 100% truth (for the sake of their privacy).Hopkins says that CRANK was 60% truth and 40% fiction. GLASS was 70% truth and 30% fiction. That is easy to understand why she wanted privacy. Said that, the story line is the same. My class had to read each section and take a written test each week. And to ...more
Lexsie Samuels
I have not read all the crank books I have read glass and am currently working on my second but this review is more so for the author. I do love Ellen Hopkins not just for her incredible series but for her take on the situation. the basic situation of the series is Ellen's perspective on her daughters walk with the monster formally known as cocaine. this book was definitely written for mature audiences but once you get used to the language and intensity it's a smooth read. I do however love the ...more
Oct 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I read this book because I loved Crank, Glass and Fallout and was excited to find out, how much of it was real. Well, this is just the Introduction by Ellen Hopkins and the last 50 Pages of this book, where some family members and "Kristina" herself share their point of view and that was quite interesting.

The rest of the book is about addiction in general and how it relates to the books, and even more about the writing style and choices Ellen Hopkins took with the series...and these essays are r
Caidyn (he/him/his)
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
What I looked forward to reading most in this book was the parts given by the family, the people who truly went through this event. Hearing from the actual person and not the character made me like the insight much more and I'm sure when I reread the Crank series I'll enjoy it so much more because of it. The bits that felt unneeded were the parts where it was discussed on how literary sound the series is. If I wanted to hear that I could have picked up a review written by a professional. I did e ...more
Feb 06, 2013 rated it liked it
In my opinion, the beginning of the book was rather difficult to push through. After all, if I wanted to read reviews of the book I would have just done so..
Now while some of the essays, such as the one written by the drug counselor and the judge were semi-fascinating to read, the best part of the book was the essays written by the people that the characters themselves were based on. To finally hear the point of view of John ("Scott"), "Kristina", Kelly ("Jake"), and Orion ("Hunter") - now readi
Dec 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, 2010
This was an interesting book, it offers a more in depth look at the books Crank and Glass. Why the author choose the format she did, what other authors think, how drugs affect people in different ways from court, to addiction, keeping secrets, and learning to let go. But the best part is at the end when the real life people, Scott the stepfather, Kelly her sister, Kristina herself, and Hunter her son, write about their experiences and how their lives all changed by the choices that Kristina made ...more
Christina Getrost
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Excellent companion to Ellen Hopkins' Crank and its sequels. YA authors describe in essays why they like Crank, why it is an important book for teens to read; experts on addiction write about the book from that perspective; and there is an essay from both the real life version of the main character and one from her stepfather, on how real life differed from the book, in this fictionalized memoir in verse. It made me appreciate Crank a lot more, seeing its importance to so many teens, and I alrea ...more
Jun 21, 2009 rated it liked it
This is a collection of essays about Ellen Hopkins' books "Crank" and "Glass", both of which were based on her own daughter's crystal meth addiction. The most interesting essays were those by members of Hopkins' own family. Their essays noted which characters in the books each family member was the basis for. Of particular interest are the essays by Hopkins' addicted (now adult) daughter and the 12 year old son that she lost custody of to Hopkins. This is a must read for fans of Ellen Hopkins b ...more
Pamela (slytherpuff)
See more of my reviews at Bettering Me Up.

Reading this collection of essays after reading the Crank trilogy was a disappointment. Ellen Hopkins' writing is powerful, and I expected these essays to speak to that power (and therefore be strong themselves). Instead, I noticed grammatical errors and "fluffy" writing from a judge.

I did enjoy reading "Kristina's" and her family's essays. They provided an additional insight into Kristina's addiction and how her family coped. And is still coping.
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
A series of essays about drug abuse and the books Crank and Glass by Ellen Hopkins. Like most people, I mostly read it for the part written by the real "Kristina" and while I enjoyed getting her side of the story, the rest of the book was not very good. The books by Ellen Hopkins are so true to life anyway that is almost unnecessary to have a nonfiction component like this. ...more
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Ellen Hopkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Triangles, Tilt, and Collateral. She lives in Carson City, Nevada, with her husband and son. Hopkin's Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest pages get thousands of hits from teens who claim Hopkins is the "only one who understands me", and she can be visited at ellenhopkin ...more

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