Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: a gifted student, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is a total opposite to Kristina - she's fearless. Through a boy she meets, Bree is introduced to the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns ...Read MoreKristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: a gifted student, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is a total opposite to Kristina - she's fearless. Through a boy she meets, Bree is introduced to the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul and, ultimately, her life.Read Less
This book by Ellen Hopkins is definately a must read. It's a beautifully written book for teenagers and adults alike. Ellen Hopkins gives you a very realistic insight on what it is like to be a teenage girl, let alone a teenage girl on meth. Based on her daughter, the main character goes through alot of hardships but seems to overcome them all in the end.
Sep 23, 2008
CRANK is incredible
I recommend this book to anyone, especially teens. Reading this book really shows you the true ugliness of drug addiction and how drugs can affect ones life. The story is incredibly open and honest and is written beautifully. The writing is short and to the point and easily understood. It is written like poetry and grabs your attention. I could not put this book down!
Sep 8, 2008
A Must Read
"Bree" as she calls herself, is a teenager with normal teenage issues. She lives with her mother and step-father and feels misunderstood and ignored. When she decides to go for a visit to see her estranged father, she learns more than she can handle about her father, his lifestyle, drugs, and sex and returns home to her family a different person. Her decent into the world of "Crank ?and her confusion about life, keeps you hooked on the book from beginning to end. Although over 500 pages long, it is written in verse and is a very quick read that leaves you wanting more. A must read!
Feb 23, 2008
Ok so at first i wasen't even going to read this book. But everyone was talking about it and all my friends are like you got to read Crank. So i go to the book store and buy it. It was the best book i have ever read. Let me tell you a little about it. This is a story about a girl named Kristen and one summer she goes to see her dad. And at her dad's house she meets a guy named adam and he introduced her to the monster or crank. I don't want to spoil it so i won't tell you what happens at the end. Every teen should pick this book up. You won't be disapointed. Even if you don't like to read you should give this a try.
Oct 13, 2007
Almost Entering Your Own Conscience
Being familar with the affects of Meth, reading this book was almost like reading my own thoughts, except with a different setting and occurances. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that can handle such strong emotions. I'm excited to read the sequal to this book Glass, which I just ordered today. :O)
Publishers Weekly, 2004-11-01 Nonfiction author Hopkins pens her first novel, written in verse, introducing 15-year-old narrator Kristina, who reveals how she became addicted to crank, and how the stimulant turned her from straight-A student to drug dealer, and eventually a teen mom. On a court-ordered visit to see her slimy and long-absent dad, she meets-and is instantly attracted to-Adam, who sports a "tawny six pack,/ and a smile." Soon, Adam introduces her to "the monster" (there, she also unleashes a new personality, id-driven Bree). Her addiction grows, as does Bree's control. Readers get a vivid sense of the highs and lows involved with using crank ("I needed food, sleep,/ but the monster denied/ every bit of it"). Her life changes quickly: Soon she's dating two guys, both of whom use crank; says "Fuck you" to her mom, can't keep up with school, and loses her old friends. There are plenty of dramatic moments: The first time she does crank, for example, her dad joins her. That same night, she stumbles into a bad area and is almost raped, and Adam's girlfriend tries to kill herself. Later in the book, she does get raped and starts selling the drug for the Mexican Mafia. Readers will appreciate the creative use of form here (some poems, for instance, are written in two columns that can be read separately or together), and although the author is definitely on a mission, she creates a world nearly as consuming and disturbing as the titular drug. Ages 14-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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