Author: Ellen Hopkins
Genre: Young Adult, Poetry, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary
Series: Crank #1
My Rating: 4 Stars
"In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the "monster," the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or "crank." Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne'er-do-well father. While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree: "there is no perfect daughter, no gifted high school junior, no Kristina Georgia Snow. There is only Bree." Bree will do all the things good girl Kristina won't, including attracting the attention of dangerous boys who can provide her with a steady flow of crank."
**Warning: May contain spoilers, minimally**
What I liked: I loved this book. It was beautifully written, despite the gruesome topics it addressed. The monster, rape, and teen pregnancy are definitely not taken lightheartedly and Ellen Hopkins strings all three into a wonderful book that touches your heart, pulls at your emotions, and completely moves you. I also really liked how this book triggered so many emotions within me. There is a disturbing scene, for me anyway, that made me feel sick to my stomach, literally.
What I disliked: I wasn’t fond of the ending, I prefer happy endings and not all stories end happily, but at least there’s a sequel (or two)! I didn’t really identify with Kristina (or Bree, for that matter) but I could relate minimally to several of her feelings and family relationships.
Overall: I enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it. I do plan on reading the sequels, I already have Glass sitting on my bookshelf and will pick it up in the future, soon hopefully. While it may not be appropriate for younger readers, this was an amazing read!