Until Kristina spent some time with her father in Albuquerque, NM, she was an ideal kid. Good grades, didn’t get in trouble. That life all but disappears after she “meets the monster.”
One of the things I love about Ellen Hopkins’s work is that the poems are more complex than one might expect. I remember the first time I noticed that the way the lines break actually had significance, that sometimes there was more than one insight and way to read each poem. In doing so, the tone shifts and we learn more about the character’s struggles.
I don’t really have the words to explain how in awe I am of this; check it out the next time you read something by Ellen Hopkins.