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Crank (The Crank Trilogy) Paperback – August 6, 2013
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Life was good
for a little while.
Kristina Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble.
Then, Kristina 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.
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- Publisher : Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reissue edition (August 6, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1442471816
- ISBN-13 : 978-1442471818
- Reading age : 14 years and up
- Lexile measure : NP0L
- Grade level : 9 - 12
- Item Weight : 1.06 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Beth on August 1, 2020
Everyone should read this book. It is powerful, riveting, painful , realism. Makes me so glad I managed to escape from the bad choices I made. I’d love to finish the series but the books have suddenly disappeared from the library. And as addictive as it is to continue on in the story. I think I need a lighter read next…
Great character development. Great description of the highs and lows of her doing the drugs. And great show of how it impacts the family. I would definitely recommend this book.
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I hadn't read any of Ellen Hopkins books before so I thought that Crank would be the best place to start as it was her first. Just like the rest of her books, Crank is written in verse. I really enjoyed how the verses were placed differently on each page as it added to the uniqueness (is that even a word?) of the book. Hopkins is able to bring out a lot of raw emotion in so little words, this helped me understand what the main character was feeling throughout different stages in the plot.
In a way this book reminded me of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde as we see two sides to our main character. There's Kristina, a good girl who would never do anything remotely bad and then there's Bree. Bree's a thrill seeking, adrenaline junkie who welcomes danger with loving arms and a warm smile. On a summer trip to her dads we say goodbye to Kristina and soak up in the essence of Bree, for the first time in her life we see Kristina exposing herself to drugs, alcohol and love. I don't think I've ever read a book based around addiction so not only was it interesting but also insightful. Kristina's character is based on Ellen Hopkins own daughter and her dealings with the monster, this makes the book a lot more personal to the author herself. I respect her for sharing this story with us as I think that it shows us readers how drugs not only effect a person but also the others around them.
It was intriguing to see the hold the monster has on Kristina and how it affects her wherever she goes. We get to see its destructive nature and how it gradually changes her as a person. I would've liked to have read a book like this while I was at school as I think it's a great way to show young people the effects of drugs and how they ruin lives.
I cannot put into words how wonderful this book is and the impact it's had on me. I feel that my words do not do it justice; it is definitely one of the hardest books I've ever reviewed. This book is sculpted to perfection, eerie and haunting but one I definitely won't forget soon. I plead that everyone gives it a chance, even if you don't like it you'll still come out with something, an important, powerful knowledge of addiction and the downward spiral that comes with drugs.
The book was a easy read I finished it in two days, I found it quite interesting and was easily hooked
The only downfall to the book, I am warning you guys now because prior reading the comments I was not aware of this, the format of the book is like a poem and at time was very difficult to read and confusing. I got samples of her other two books in this series and I realized the writing format is still the same so although I am curious to find out what happens in part two, I am not sure if I will be purchasing it just because I found the way it was written very stressful to read
It was a great reading and emotional experience.
I would recommend it to all teenagers, and to a lot of parents.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 7, 2020