Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

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.

There are no words to describe this book.

I think every teenager should read this. It's honest and brutal and really describes the horrors of the addiction without straight up describing it.

Through Crank, Ellen Hopkins has created this astoundingly true world that exists right outside my door and there's just no way to truly describe what this book did for me. Even though I've never touched drugs or wanted to, it just seemed to hit. I found myself deeply relating to Kristina, feeling the issues with parents but never saying a work, working to keep that A average, etc. But I also understood the allure of Bree because, no matter how smart a person is, sometimes the desire to just let everything go can start to overpower a person.

If nothing else, I will be reading the sequel and every other book by Ellen Hopkins I can get my hand on. Especially since they're not only wondrous, but very quick reads.



  1. I've never read any books of Ellen's, I know there wrote in poetry style which I didn't know if I could read, did that bother you?

    Great review though, it sounds like an honest, relatable read. I will definitely look into this one

  2. I am a big Hopkins fan and cannot wait for the third book in this trilogy to come out this summer! I definitely recommend all her books - they are quick reads, but delve into some serious issues!!

  3. Thanks Julie! I am totally going to read this now. ON TO THE LIST IT GOES!

  4. I loved Hopkins' book Identical and bought the box set with Crank and Glass in it. Can't wait to read this one. I'm glad you liked it. Great review. :D


  5. The cover is so compelling - I'll pass this one, but maybe when I can stomach the vividness:)

  6. I was hooked to this book like Kristina was to meth.



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