Friday, 15 January 2010
Review: Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Released: October 4th, 2004
Grade rating: B+/A-
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.
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.