Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
Other Books by This Author: Impulse, Burned, Identical, Tricks
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.
Incredible. Truly incredible. The story, the writing, everything about Crank was immensely powerful. I’ve read a few books written in verse before, but they were nothing like this. When I first opened the book the structure blew me away! Ellen Hopkins is very very talented. To me, it seems that writing a books in verse and putting so much planning into the verse structure, would be harder than just writing a plan ol’ novel.
If you don’t know what Crank is about, the title says it all. It’s about a seemingly normal teenage girl, Kristina, who becomes trapped in the clutches of the Monster. Crank. The whole story rings frighteningly true. It happens every day. We can all sit around and say “How can people be so stupid to ever start using!” but it’s not that simple. And Crank makes you realize that. Kristina has a lot going on in her life, but nothing too horrible. When the opportunity to escape presents itself, she of course takes it. First with a trip to visit her absent father and then with crank. That’s how easy it is. It only takes one time. That’s a very scary thought.
The fact that this is loosely based on the life of Ellen Hopkins daughter makes the story even more powerful. Ellen Hopkins is immensely brave to write this story. This is a raw, honest and horrible look at drug addiction in our generation. It’s not an easy book to digest. It will make you think. Read it.