Sunday, June 28, 2009

Crank by Ellen Hopkins is the first in a trilogy about a teenager's addiction to Crystal Meth, or Crank. The entire book is written in verse form, each page a different format of verse. This ironically addictive format gives the writer a limited amount of words to convey the storyline as well as the emotions associated within it, which makes it all the more poignant. Kristina was a blond, straight-laced, high school student who spent part of a summer visiting her father. During that visit she learns her father is not the prince she always thought he was, and she forays into a world of drugs and falls in love. It is during that visit that her alternate personality, Bree, is born.

Upon returning to Reno, where she lives with her mom, stepdad, brother, and sister, she finds she is addicted to "the monster" and will go to surprising depths to get her fix. The rest of the book chronicles her descent and the consequences that occur.

This book was so interesting and I'm surprised that I'm only recently hearing about the series, as this book was published 5 years ago. As I mentioned above, the story and format made it addictive to me, as a reader. Many books have been written about addictions and drug use to the point that a large majority are unoriginal or repetetive in their tellings. This unique book made the often-told story interesting as well as the emotions experienced by the main character. I look forward to reading the next in the series!


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