Friday, 15 January 2010

Review: Crank by Ellen Hopkins


Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Paperback
Released: October 4th, 2004
Grade rating: B+/A-


Amazon summary:

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.

Review:

Reading Crank is like reading a painstakingly honest diary, complete with thoughts, confessions and firsthand accounts that are never sugarcoated. It's gritty, raw and powerful, and left me feeling incredibly grateful for my lack of interest in illegal substances.

Kristina's story shocked me, enthralled me, and educated me. It left me reeling in certain places, and wishing I could skip over pages in others. Nothing is glossed over, nothing is forgotten, and everything is real.

To be so dependent on a drug must be one of the scariest things anyone can go through, and Hopkins writes about it in beautiful, stark verse. I'll admit that it took me a while to get used to the style of writing, as it's not a technique I'm accustomed to. It did nothing but impress me though, and I can't wait to read more by this author, so I can once again be subject to such a clever talent.

After reading Crank, I can't help but wonder about some of the choices Kristina made. Why was she sent to visit her known drug-addict of a father? Why didn't she say no to crystal meth? What made her change her behaviour so drastically? These are all things I wanted to know but never found out, even though they're all pretty important pieces of a complicated puzzle.

Read Crank if you want to learn more about drug addiction. Read it if you want to experience a different side of life, or if you just want to discover a new writing talent. I can guarantee that it will take you on a journey you won't forget in a hurry.

14 comments:

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Great review. It sounds like a powerful book.

choco (In Which a Girl Reads) said...

Great review! I've seen this book around but I've never read it--now I'm really interested. And I like unique writing styles so I might just have to pick this one up :)

Book Snob said...

This book sounds amazing and intense. Great review.

MichieBee said...

I love this book so much; Hopkins' is a really great writer, truly. The fact that this book is based off real events that happened between her and her daughter just blows my mind too. Great review!!

LovesSam said...

I've seen this book on amazon and goodreads so many times i've lost count, and it sounds so good. I'm glad the author tackles the issues and doesn't skirt around them, may just have to get me a copy :-) fab review

Cat Clarke said...

I really like the sound of this book (even though it seems pretty grim!).

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

This sounds like a heavy, powerful book. I'm not usually a fan of verse novels but it sounds like I should give this a chance. Isn't Ellen Hopkins a kind of an institution in the US?

Bee said...

*scurries off to look for CRANK*

Wow review..dunno what else to say!

Sab H. said...

I need to read this!! :D

Becky said...

Can't see myself enjoying this. I read because I'm a dreamer and an escapist. I know I fell in love with When I Was Joe but I think Crank would really be pushing my boundaries in a direction I can't cope with.

Hagelrat said...

I love the chalkboard look of the cover

CarlyB said...

Ooh I was going to buy this one the other day but decided not to at the last minute. Think I'll go and order it now!
Thanks for the review :)
xx

Anonymous said...

This novel is absolutely marvelous, the struggle of Kristina's life is heart wrenching, it will bring tears, make sure you read the sequel "Glass" and in september there will be another sequel! I've read all her books except for the most recent one "Tricks" which is about teenage prostitution.

Anonymous said...

I've read all the series and all of Ellen Hopkins' books and she is truly amazing. Every page I read makes my fingers tremble and makes me feel anxious. I can't help but picture in my mind what comes next and I feel like if I keep reading I will be the one to determine the fate of Kristina. I love it!!