Sunday Salon: Mindsets

After finishing Crank, I handed the book to my mother and told her she needed to read it. I did caution her that it’s about a crackhead who has the same name as me, so it might be a little…weird. Or, at least, that’s how it was for me. And I divulged the fact that Ellen Hopkins wrote the book as a way to explore why her daughter made the choices she did. {It’s semi-biographical.} Then, after she finished it on Thursday, I asked her what she thought and I thought I’d share what she said.

“So, Mom, what did you think of Crank?”

“The ending was much more upbeat than I expected. I thought it was very well-written; she did a really good job of getting into the girl’s head.”

“Did you love it?”

“Eh. {shrugs her shoulders} Put it this way, I didn’t love it like I love Jodi Picoult.”

“Does that mean you don’t want to read the sequel — Glass?”

“Eh. {shrugs her shoulders}.”

“I thought it was kind of a filler book – meaning it was meant to get you from Point A to Point B. If you thought there were unanswered questions in Crank, then you’ll be disappointed with how many unanswered questions there are in Glass. And you’ll have to wait until summer of 2010 to find out what happens.”

“No, I don’t think I want to read it.”

{And here’s the point in the conversation where she leaves the room before coming back and adding her own thoughts.}

“If you hadn’t told me that the book was written by a woman who’s daughter became addicted, I think I would have enjoyed it more. I was always the outsider and I was filled with angst over what was happening instead of going along with the story. How did you read it? Did you know it was written by the mother?”

“Uh, I didn’t know. I read it from the point of view of Kristina.”

“Huh. So, as a teenager, did you like the romance part of it and reading all the love scenes?”

“Um, no.”

I’m pretty sure I {unfairly} swayed my mother’s decision to read Glass, but she reads the blog and what I told her is the exact same thing I put in my review. One of things I realized, though, is that disclosing something I only learned at the end of the book – as I think Hopkins intended – I gave my mother a totally different mindset than she would have if she had read the book without that information. Granted, she’s a mother so she’s obviously going to read this book with a different mindset than me. But sometimes the things I don’t think are spoilers apparently are.

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