Title: Crank (Amazon)
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: 2010
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. (Goodreads)
Kim’s take – If you’ve ever read Go Ask Alice, then you’ll really like this book. It sounded really good but when I opened it to read it, I noticed right away that it was written in verse and I didn’t think I would get into it. It quickly became no problem because the story grabbed me right away.
The novel is based mostly on the author’s experiences with her daughter who began the downward spiral into the world of crank while visiting her estranged father. It took just one night for her to become completely hooked. What was once a perfect, good-girl is switched into a drug seeking addict who does whatever she has to do to get her fix. Crank, and how she is going to score it, becomes her life. Nothing else matters. It is tragic how this girl from a good family, who had so much going for her, descended so quickly and destroyed her future.
She is raped by one of her drug dealers and becomes pregnant. Deciding to keep the baby, she attempts to quit the drug completely. But she often can’t stop herself and uses sometimes. Three months after the baby is born healthy, she cannot resist the pull and lure of the drug and walks out the door. That is how the book ends and will pick up in the sequel, Glass. I can’t wait to read it!
This book was excellent at delving into how easily one can get into a world of drug addiction and the things they will do to obtain their drug of choice. There were absolutely no boring parts which made it even better. It was very easy to identify with her daughter. Though not everything is based on actual events, the author states, very correctly, that any fictional events are entirely possible.
I’d recommend it to anyone. Though it is 544 pages, I read it in an evening since it is written in verse which makes it a quick read. The only reason I give it four stars instead of five, is that the story would have been just as good without being written is verse form which may turn off some readers.
Kim’s Rating – 4/5