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My First Short Story! – The Pink Sweater

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Fallout by Ellen Hopkins

My Rating: 5 stars

**If you haven’t read previous books, don’t read!**

You all know Kristina’s story. How she took a ride with the monster, openly welcoming drugs into her life to tear everything apart. This time, the book is written in the point of view of her three oldest children: Hunter, Autumn and Summer. Hunter, her first child and oldest son, has never known his father and despises his mother for what she did. He lives with Kristina’s parents, who he calls “Mom and Dad”. Hunter himself has a few problems of his own too. He has trouble staying true to his girlfriend, Nikki.
Autumn, Kristina’s first daughter, lives with her father Trey’s sister, Cora and Trey’s father. She has a weird case of OCD and frequent panic attacks. She barely knows her own parents. And Summer, Kristina’s final daughter, has been sent between different foster homes her whole life. She doesn’t really like her father and barely knows her own mother. She doesn’t even know her other siblings exist.
In the end, Hunter, Autumn and Summer realize what connects them throughout their lives will be Kristina’s decisions to accept the monster. When they finally come together, they will find the courage to break the cycle.
Overall, I loved this whole series. But this book has to be my favorite. I love how Ellen Hopkins shows how drugs and alcohol addictions not only affect the person who is addicted, but their children, family and everyone who loves them. I feel like the lesson learned through this book is that the cycle goes on forever, unless you find the courage to stop it. I loved this book so much and I’m sad to see the series end.