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Sam’s Throwback Thursday!
Published October 1st 2004 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
537 PagesIn 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. I read Crank when I was thirteen, and I absolutely loved it! I loved reading when I was younger, but then I stopped reading in about third grade. I have no Idea why, it was just one day I loved reading and the next I hated it. Throughout the years between 3rd grade and the beginning of High School, I read maybe 10 books that I wasn’t forced to read.
It wasn’t until my first week of high school, and my English teacher brought my class to the library to pick out some books; and the first book I saw was Crank. The cover of Crank instantly intrigued me and when I opened it and saw that it was written verse it made me want to read it even more. I remember going home and reading it all night until I fell asleep, and for days after I would spend any free time I had reading this book until I finally finished it. It was the first book I had read in a very long time that I could honestly say I loved and it rekindled my love for reading. Looking back though, I definitely would not recommend this book to anyone younger than at least 17.