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Crank by Ellen Hopkins: Book Review

Crank(hopkins)In 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.

This book is one of a kind.

This story will captivate you from beginning to end. It’s written in poetry, each page lines of prose. Hopkins tells the story of Kristina, how she fell into the world of meth. Kristina’s persona is so very realistic of a drug addict’s, which made this story all the more powerful. We follow Kristina (or Bree?) as she indifferently delves into drugs and messes up her life without her understanding the consequences of her actions.

This book is the predecessor of Glass, the sequel and Fallout, the finale. The way the Kristina’s story is unfolded is beautifully tragic. I have read the series so many times I can almost read you the lines of poetry across these books. And yes, I’m re-reading it again. Don’t look at me.

I loved the book, I will always love it, and it’ll stay in my favorites forever.


If you haven’t seen my last post, I started a poetry blog! You can check out Poetry Savant, here.

My last review was of Whats Left of Me by Kat Zhang

My next review will be of My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Until next time!


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