Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Crank by Ellen Hopkins, 537 pages

I had heard many things about this book.  Crank brought me back about 30 years when Go Ask Alice was the controversial book read by teenagers.  I read that book many times.  Crank is a book written in verse.  The pages are short which make it a quick read.  Crank is loosely based on Ellen Hopkins' daughter's own story.  In this book, teen Kristina Georgia Snow is introduced to crank, aka the  "monster," while visiting her Dad one summer. Crank is crystal meth. While doing crank, Kristina becomes her uninhibited altar ego, Bree.  Kristina is introduced to many things while staying with her Dad, including a boy named Adam. Needless to say, once she returns home to her Mom and step dad, Kristina is transformed from a good girl/student to "Bree."  Kristina experiences some very traumatic experiences which eventually leads to her giving birth to her son. This book may not be for everyone, but it does spark the discussion of drug usage among teenagers.

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