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Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the...
Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the...
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  • Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina -- she's fearless.

    Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul -- her life.


  • From the book

    Flirtin' with the Monster

    Life was good

    before I


    the monster.



    was great.



    for a little while.

    Text copyright © 2004 by Ellen Hopkins


    So you want to know all

    about me. Who

    I am.

    What chance meeting of

    brush and canvas painted

    the face

    you see? What made

    me despise the girl

    in the mirror

    enough to transform her,

    turn her into a stranger,

    only not.

    So you want to hear

    the whole story. Why

    I swerved

    off the high road,

    hard left to nowhere,


    indifferent to those

    coughing my dust,

    picked up speed

    no limits, no top end,

    just a high velocity rush

    to madness.

    Text copyright © 2004 by Ellen Hopkins


    everything changes.

    Some might call it distorted reality,

    but it's exactly the place I need to be:

    no mom,

    Marie, ever more distant,

    in her midlife quest for fame

    no stepfather,

    Scott, stern and heavy-handed

    with unattainable expectations

    no big sister,

    Leigh, caught up in a tempest

    of uncertain sexuality

    no little brother,

    Jake, spoiled and shameless

    in his thievery of my niche.


    there is only the person inside.

    I've grown to like her better

    than the stuck-up husk of me. She's

    not quite silent,

    shouts obscenities just because

    they roll so well off the tongue

    not quite straight-A,

    but talented in oh-so-many

    enviable ways

    not quite sanitary,

    farts with gusto, picks

    her nose, spits like a guy

    not quite sane,

    sometimes, to tell you the truth,

    even I wonder about her.


    there is no perfect daughter,

    no gifted high-school junior,

    no Kristina Georgia Snow.

    There is only Bree.

    Text copyright © 2004 by Ellen Hopkins

    On Bree

    I suppose

    she's always been

    there, vague as a soft

    copper pulse of moonlight

    through blossoming seacoast


    I wonder

    when I first noticed

    her, slipping in and out

    of my pores, hide-and-seek

    spider in fieldstone, red-bellied


    I summon

    Bree when dreams

    no longer satisfy, when

    gentle clouds of monotony

    smother thunder, when Kristina


    I remember

    the night I first

    let her go, opened the

    smeared glass, one thin pane,

    cellophane between rules and sin,


    Text copyright © 2004 by Ellen Hopkins

About the Author-

  • Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven young adult novels, as well as the adult novels Triangles, Collateral, and Love Lies Beneath. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at EllenHopkins.com and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsLit. For more information on Ventana Sierra, go to VentanaSierra.org.


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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 1, 2004
    Nonfiction author Hopkins pens her first novel, written in verse, introducing 15-year-old narrator Kristina, who reveals how she became addicted to crank, and how the stimulant turned her from straight-A student to drug dealer, and eventually a teen mom. On a court-ordered visit to see her slimy and long-absent dad, she meets—and is instantly attracted to—Adam, who sports a "tawny six pack,/ and a smile." Soon, Adam introduces her to "the monster" (there, she also unleashes a new personality, id-driven Bree). Her addiction grows, as does Bree's control. Readers get a vivid sense of the highs and lows involved with using crank ("I needed food, sleep,/ but the monster denied/ every bit of it"). Her life changes quickly: Soon she's dating two guys, both of whom use crank; says "Fuck you" to her mom, can't keep up with school, and loses her old friends. There are plenty of dramatic moments: The first time she does crank, for example, her dad joins her. That same night, she stumbles into a bad area and is almost raped, and Adam's girlfriend tries to kill herself. Later in the book, she does get raped and starts selling the drug for the Mexican Mafia. Readers will appreciate the creative use of form here (some poems, for instance, are written in two columns that can be read separately or together), and although the author is definitely on a mission, she creates a world nearly as consuming and disturbing as the titular drug. Ages 14-up.

  • School Library Journal

    November 1, 2004
    Gr 8 Up-Seventeen-year-old Kristina Snow is introduced to crank on a trip to visit her wayward father. Caught up in a fast-paced, frightening, and unfamiliar world, she morphs into "Bree" after she "shakes hands with the monster." Her fearless, risk-taking alter ego grows stronger, "convincing me to be someone I never dreamed I'd want to be." When Kristina goes home, things don't return to normal. Although she tries to reconnect with her mother and her former life as a good student, her drug use soon takes over, leaving her "starving for speed" and for boys who will soon leave her scarred and pregnant. Hopkins writes in free-verse poems that paint painfully sharp images of Kristina/Bree and those around her, detailing how powerful the "monster" can be. The poems are masterpieces of word, shape, and pacing, compelling readers on to the next chapter in Kristina's spiraling world. This is a topical page-turner and a stunning portrayal of a teen's loss of direction and realistically uncertain future.-Sharon Korbeck, Waupaca Area Public Library, WI

    Copyright 2004 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    November 15, 2004
    Gr. 8-12. Like the teenage crack user in the film " Traffic," the young addict in this wrenching, cautionary debut lives in a comfortable, advantaged home with caring parents. Sixteen-year-old Kristina first tries crank, or crystal meth, while visiting her long-estranged father, a crank junkie. Bree is Kristina's imagined, bolder self, who flirts outrageously and gets high without remorse, and when Kristina returns to her mother and family in Reno, it's Bree who makes connections with edgy guys and other crank users that escalate into full-blown addiction and heartrending consequences. Hopkins tells Kristina's story in experimental verse. A few overreaching lines seem out of step with character voices: a boyfriend, for example, tells Kristina that he'd like to wait for sex until she is "free from dreams of yesterday." But Hopkins uses the spare, fragmented style to powerful effect, heightening the emotional impact of dialogues, inner monologues, and devastating scenes, including a brutal date rape. Readers won't soon forget smart, sardonic Kristina; her chilling descent into addiction; or the author's note, which references her own daughter's struggle with "the monster."(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2004, American Library Association.)

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