Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
Available At: Electronic, Air Academy, DCC (HS), Liberty, Rampart
Categories: Cursing, Drug Abuse, Sexual, Violence
Description: Written in free verse, explores how three teenagers try to cope with the consequences of their mother’s addiction to crystal meth and its effects on their lives.
YA Label?: No
Notes: This book contains sexual activities; sexual nudity; profanity; drug abuse and alcohol use.
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Page 7: “…Mom says he wandered in late to my baptism, dragging Kristina along, both of them wearing the stench of monster sweat. …They’d been up all night, catching a monstrous buzz. It wasn’t the first time they’d partied together.”
Page 14: “Who was her man of the month? I’ve been told she slept with more than a few, but which was the one whose lucky sperm connected with the proper egg?”
Page 25: “The scent fuels my hunger for her body. I want to own it, merge with it, become part of her. Hurry, she urges. But the tease is almost the best part of the game, so I bring her close and closer with my hands and mouth and finally I am inside her.”
Page 66: “Maybe what I need to do is make us a threesome. If I belonged to some weird religious sect, that’s what I’d do. Except don’t all those weird religious sects expect two girls to a guy, instead of the obviously better way to go? What is wrong with women, anyway? Two dudes. One you. Yeah, baby. That’s what I’m talking about. It’s stupid as hell to think that way, but WTF? It’s my effing daydream, isn’t it?”
Page 121: “Finally she admits, It was Erica. She made me touch her in bad places. It didn’t hurt me, though. But she said if I told, she’d make me sorry.”