Banned Books Week: Crank

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

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.

Reasons for being banned/challenged: drugs, offensive, language, and sexually explicit

Ellen Hopkins is one of my favorite authors because of her strong voice and realistic novels. Yes her novels do contain some mature content, but what people don't understand is that it only makes readers aware of these issues, not force them to participate. People need to be more worried in what their children learn from school rather than from what they are reading.

Crank is about a a drug called crank, also known as crystal meth. This novel is extremely truthful and gives some major insight on the damage it can do. There are people in this world who have turned to drugs as a means of escape, but don't realize that something so small can turn a life upside down very quickly. Reading a novel like Crank didn't make me want to go out and try it, instead it made me more aware and no for sure that this isn't something to be messed with!!

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