Book Review: Crank

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Released: October 5, 2004
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 537
Series: Crank #1
Rating: 5 stars
Kristina is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. Then she meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ride turns into a struggle for her mind, her soul - her life.

I’m not sure what I thought Crank was going to be about, but it wasn’t what I expected. The description on the back of the book isn’t too detailed, and I guess you could say that I assumed what “monster” meant. I was wrong though. Crank is about Kristina battling her drug addition and the fight going on within herself.

Kristina was just like any other teenager: good grades, good kid, and followed the rules. Then one day, she just got mixed up with the wrong kind of people, which led to her trying and getting hooked on crystal meth. The more she used it, the more she wanted it.

I love the idea of this being written in verses because it seemed to add more emotion to the story. Not that there isn’t already enough emotion going on when it comes to drugs, because there is. But not only does drugs effect the user, but it also effects the user’s loved ones, just in a different kind of way. I haven’t ever been involved in drugs but I know some people that have, and no one wants to sit back and watch someone they care about slip farther and farther from reality – relying solely on their next high to get them through the day.

Crank is a very raw, and terrifyingly real story. It shows what someone’s life will become like when addicted to drugs. Crank is just an amazing and so full of truth read that I recommend this to both teenagers and adults. Also, there is a sequel, Glass, which I will definitely be reading. And a third book, Fallout, which is due to release in 2010.




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1 comment:

YA Book Reviews said...

Great that you liked it! Great review! :)

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