Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Reviewed By: A.T.
Kristina Georgia Snow is your typical high school junior. She is intelligent, thoughtful, respectful, and dream for any teacher or parent. One fateful summer, however, Kristina goes to visit her absentee father and ends up becoming a different person altogether. No longer wanting to be the perfect daughter, Kristina is turned on to drugs and Bree takes her place as a result. She is shockingly different from Kristina because she is fearless, open, and rebellious, but also a user of Crank. Her life begins a dark and downward spiral as a wild, ecstatic ride following in the footsteps of her drug addict father turns into a struggle through fear for her mind, her soul, and ultimately her one and only life.
Why I Picked it Up: I picked this book up because I had heard nothing but good things about this author and this award winning book. Several of my friends had read this title and many of her other books and they could not stop talking about it.
Why I Finished It: I finished it because, like most books, I had to find out what happened. It also didn't hurt that this book was written in verse so while it looks like a long book, it actually reads quite fast.
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in reading a book that deals with drugs and how negatively it can impact one's life. This has been a very educational book in a realistic fictional way.
**Librarian Side Note** Did you know this book is based on the true story of the author's daughter? There are 2 companion books that follow this too, so you can find out what happens to Kristina and her family. The second book is called Glass, and the third book is called Fallout. The author has written several other books in the same free verse style, so if you like the way this is written, check out some of her other titles!