I was very skeptical about this book for several reasons. One, I am not a fan of this kind of book – I felt wound up, tense and short of breath the entire time I was reading it. Two, I was not sure that a book written in verse could actually tell a whole narrative tale. However, I found that the format was perfect for this story. The story is beautifully told, but it is horrific – Kristina is a 17 year old who visits her druggie dad for a few weeks and tries crystal meth for the first time. The rest of the book is about her relationship with the “monster” as she calls it, which is an appropriate name for it. The story was riveting – I breezed through the first two thirds of the book in about a day. However, after the first 2/3s, I had to put the book down for a few days and stop reading. I rarely do that with a book that I’m enjoying, and yet I *had* to with this book. At every turn just about everyone in the book makes terrible decisions, and I spent a lot of my time wondering why no one was realizing how horrible their decisions were. In many ways, the book was painful, painful, painful, which is clearly the point, given the topic. It is a true story – Ellen Hopkins says the story is much like the story of her daughter, and it is an important story, but it is incredibly, horribly, brutally difficult to read. I don’t think that I will be able to read any other of the books in this series. I do hope that Hopkins writes something else, because I really enjoyed her writing immensely.