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Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Crank

Title: Crank
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Genre: Fiction — Social and family issues
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary (from Amazon):

Kristina Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble.

Then, Kristina 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.

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

Written in verse, Crank is a beautiful–but heavy–read.

This book isn’t for the faint-hearted. While it is fiction, it is based off of Hopkins’ daughter and her trouble with drugs.

Kristina lives with her father for one summer. Under his influence and a new boy she meets, she tries crank, meets the monster. Kristina then realizes there seem to be two people inside her: Kristina, not under the influence of drugs and, Bree, under the influence.

Kristina’s life choices keep going down as Bree takes hold, begging for more and more drugs.

The ending is bittersweet, but this is only the beginning.

This isn’t the type of story I would normally read, but I can’t get enough of Hopkins’ writing style. The poetry is beautiful and most pages create a picture with the words or create two poems in one. It’s genius.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“The problem with resolutions is they’re only as solid as the person making them.” –Ellen Hopkins, Crank

Be sure to check out my Goodreads profile to see what I’ll be reading and reviewing next!

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Author:

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

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