Crank – Ellen Hopkins

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Crank chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina 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. Soon, her grades plummet, her relationships with family and friends deteriorate, and she needs more and more of the monster just to get through the day. When Kristina officially hits her lowest point, the question is, will she be able to let go of the monster?

This book is heavy but excellent.  It was interesting to get into the head of someone who is hooked on Meth.  She knows she’s doing bad things, but just doesn’t care because the call of the “monster” is too strong. Highly recommended for High School teens, but if you don’t like hard to hear stories, you may want to skip this one.  – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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