Tuesday, January 24, 2012

REVIEW: Crank by Ellen Hopkins



Title: Crank
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Date Published: October 1, 2004
Page Count: Paperback537 pages
Year Read: 2012


Goodreads: 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.


This book is a great book for young teens who do not like to read, it is just that engaging, but I must warn that this book contains illegal drugs usage and more. And should not be read or be read by non-mature teenagers. 
Review: This book was a quick read for 537 pages. It is such a page-turner. As I read this, I couldn't help, but wonder how Hopkins suffered through this. 
The beginning of the book states the following:
While this is work of fiction, it is loosely based on a very true story---- my daughter's. The monster did touch her life, and the lives of her family... (Ellen Hopkins - Author's Note)
I just couldn't stop thinking how much she had to suffer having her daughter go through such an awful path in life. Addiction is never good for anyone especially, when involving drugs. And just knowing that she suffered through this couldn't help, but wonder how much of this story represented her daughter? Because, Kristina (or should I say Bree?) was such a complex character (with the whole double personality thing... going on). Was Kristina her daughter before, she turned intro Bree? I don't know why, but this just happened to be in my head, as I read this novel.

As I've said this novel has a very engaging story. One that you will find yourself turning the page until the very last one. It's basically about this girl, Kristina who gets addicted to Crack, "the monster" and she develops a double personality, Bree... and just basically showing how she practically looses herself to the drug. A very complex read, but I feel like it's a must read novel for everyone (at some point).

I just loved this novel and Hopkins way of writing, including the way she made her verses look.



It's a heart:
Sorry for the blurry photo, but this is a
instagram (@geishacielos)
shot of one of her verses


My Rate: ★★★
 Overall (Goodreads) Rate: 4.12 Stars 
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