YA Book Review: Crank By Ellen Hopkins

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Title: Crank
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Published: October 1st 2004 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Type: Realistic Fiction, Poetry
Paperback, 537 pages

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the “monster,” the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or “crank.” Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne’er-do-well father. While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree: “there is no perfect daughter, / no gifted high school junior, / no Kristina Georgia Snow. / There is only Bree.” Bree will do all the things good girl Kristina won’t, including attracting the attention of dangerous boys who can provide her with a steady flow of crank.

rbI rarely read realistic fiction…and when i say rarely i really mean RARE! The only Realistic Fiction i have read in the past few years is the Fault in our Stars and i can’t lie i freaking loved it. I wanted to read more realistic fiction to see if i would like it. When i got my Hands on crank i thought to myself “perfect”, well we all just celebrated banned book week and crank is a banned book because of the book being drug related. And since i am a total rebel, i wanted to totally risk it and read this book because that’s what rebels do, we read..remember that kids.

I did think at first that the book being written in poetry was hard to understand at first but eventually i did kinda get used to it. I didn’t get into this book as much as i would’ve liked. Maybe because i just couldn’t connect to the whole story. But that being said i did like the whole message of the book. i don’t understand why it’s banned in some places. You get to see that darkness that drugs can do to you. I feel like if every school made there kids read this book then maybe they would learn from it and just stay away from hardcore drugs like meth and heroin. That kind of drugs are dangerous and can kill you. It is truly a monster like Kristina felt when her crazy wild Ego comes out to play, Bree. The Book is a fast read and to be honest a tide waste of paper. The book is huge but with very little words. It is very simple to read, really easy to follow along with. You can easily read it in one setting. I do recommend this book. I think people will love this book. It is a good dark twist to the reality of what drugs can do to you, i just wish i could have gotten more into the book, but i did like it and did enjoy reading it, but i just didn’t fall in love with the whole story. I do plan on reading more of her books and more realistic fiction books. I like to keep a open mind once in a while.

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