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Crank

Hopkins, Ellen (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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. 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.
Authors: Hopkins, Ellen
Statement of Responsibility: Ellen Hopkins
Title: Crank
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2004
Edition: 1st Simon Pulse ed
Characteristics: 537 p. ; 18 cm.
Notes: Includes excerpt from Fallout
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. 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.
Subject Headings: Cocaine abuse Fiction Drug abuse Fiction High schools Fiction Schools Fiction Family problems Fiction Pregnancy Fiction Ice (Drug) Fiction
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction
Topical Term: Cocaine abuse
Drug abuse
High schools
Schools
Family problems
Pregnancy
Ice (Drug)
LCCN: 2003116437
ISBN: 9780689865190
0689865198
Branch Call Number: FIC H
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Jul 14, 2014
  • Bscianno rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have had certain experiences with drugs in my life, witnessed it ruin many peoples lives and so reading this book just shows you how true someones life can be permanently damaged just by making one horrible decision.

Jul 10, 2014
  • priti123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

i felt like i was actually experiencing the whole thing !

Jul 09, 2014
  • GirlofNYC rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Although the book was on my To-Read List for a while, it was kind of predictable.

I read this book for the first time back in high school and have read it several times since. It is definitely one of my all time favorites. READ THIS BOOK, you won't be sorry. Also try Glass, and Fallout although they aren't quite as amazing.

Aug 26, 2013
  • justslide rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I would consider reading more of her books. This story was such a roller coaster, with one tragedy after another, written exclusively in a beautiful poetic format. I could not help but finish it in one sitting. Hopkins wrote this story through the eyes and voice of her daughter, which leaves it at times hard to believe that that was what her daughter may have been feeling at the time, but her effort it still so plausible and truly heart felt.

Jun 03, 2013
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I was turning pages like I was on crank (which is meth, apparently). The short journal entries on each page make for lightning fast reading and surprisingly it does NOT get annoying when it turns out the entire book is told in teenage free verse poetry.

Unlike Go Ask Alice, I can actually believe the journey this girl takes into drugs. I can even almost believe this is a teenager’s diary, which is a rare feat in the genre.

Mar 03, 2013
  • DeeTheBee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I picked it up and started reading and I had it finished the same day. I couldn't put it down because of how good it is. It shows that addiction can happen to anyone, even the straight-A good girls. I love it. One of my favorites.

Praise Ellen Hopkins.

Oct 09, 2012
  • KKPGIRL rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book, and I liked how it showed some bad things that could happen to a person if they start doing any type of drugs, and how easy it is to become addicted, no matter what social class you're a part of. However, there were a couple things that I didn't think were completely realistic. First of all, Kristina is supposed to be a really smart, "good girl" type, none of her friends/family do drugs, and she never mentioned being curious about doing drugs, yet the first time a cute guy offers her meth (when she goes to visit her absentee father, who also does meth), she tries it. When she goes back home, she's constantly on meth, skipping and failing classes, sleeping way too much (there was a time when she slept for 20 hours staright) or not at all, loses her old friends and starts all of a sudden hanging out with different people, nearly drains her bank account buying more drugs, and never eats, yet her parents, family, and old friends somehow don't notice or say anything?! Personally, I think that's a bit unrealistic. However, I still learned a lot from this book. I love Demi Lovato, and reading this book helped me to understand why she did cocaine (meth and cocaine are pretty much the same thing, right?) - to curb her appetite (she struggled with anorexia and bulimia), keep her energized enough to keep up with her crazy busy schedule, to curb her mood disorders (depression/bipolar), etc. There was even a scene where Kristina cut her wrist and drank her own blood while she was high at a party. I also found it pretty drastic that she started smoking cigarettes (which she had never tried before), started drinking heavily, tried LSD, and lost her virginity, all immediately after she started meth. That just shows how much trying drugs just once can change you forever, and make you do things you never thought you would do. Sorry for the long review (I basically summarized the book for you!), I just had a lot to say about this book!

Aug 10, 2012
  • JennComishen rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Another great book by Hopkins. One of my lesser favourites but still awesome. The poetry in these books are awesome, and are super understandable. The fact that this and glass was based off her daughters own stories, is something else.

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Jul 10, 2014
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Jun 01, 2013
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May 31, 2010
  • liveblue rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

17 year old Kristina is a great student and daughter. Her only problem is that she hasn't seen her father since she was 8. So when she flies away to spend time with him, she meets 'the monster' Crank. She finds herself doing it for all the wrong resons. By the time she's ready to go home her alter-ego Bree (the side of her that keeps her continuing to do drugs) has taken over and won't let her quit. But she's panicking, because she doesn't know where to get what she needs to feed her addiction. So she has to go over a month without Crank. But when the opportunities present themselves, Bree goes wild and pushes Kristina out, risking life and dignity. But when her actions get her pregnant Bree dissapears and Kristina is forced to do whats right. But what means more to her? Her addiction, or her unborn child?

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Jun 01, 2013
  • 1AnimeFan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Mild sexual content.

Jun 01, 2013
  • 1AnimeFan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Swearing is used often

Jan 08, 2013
  • NicoleHerdman01 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Some short brief sexual scenes

Jul 30, 2008
  • Twoey Gray rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Swear words are used on a frequent basis.

Jul 30, 2008
  • Twoey Gray rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: There are some descriptive sexual scenes.

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If you acquaint your self with your self, you don't always like the person you find inside.

Jun 03, 2013
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I mean, there I was, snorting crank with my dad, my boyfriend, and his other girlfriend. Something majorly wrong with that picture.

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