Crank

Crank

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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 -- 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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 127 x 177.8 x 40.64mm | 294.83g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Simon Pulse
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0689865198
  • 9780689865190
  • 53,217

Review Text

Hypnotic and jagged free verse wrenchingly chronicles 16-year-old Kristina's addiction to crank. Kristina's daring alter ego, Bree, emerges when "gentle clouds of monotony" smother Kristina's life-when there's nothing to do and no one to connect with. Visiting her neglectful and druggy father for the first time in years, Bree meets a boy and snorts crank (methamphetamine). The rush is irresistible and she's hooked, despite a horrible crank-related incident with the boy's other girlfriend. Back home with her mother, Kristina feels both ignored and smothered, needing more drugs and more boys-in that order. One boy is wonderful and one's a rapist, but it's crank holding Bree up at this point. The author's sharp verse plays with spacing on the page, sometimes providing two alternate readings. In a too brief wrap-up, Kristina keeps her baby (a product of rape) while Hopkins-realistically-offers no real conclusion. Powerful and unsettling. (author's note) (Fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)show more

Our customer reviews

In April one of my favourite Goodreads friends started reading this book and when she finished she was so impressed that she recommend that I read it for a second time, even though she knew I read it already and was not impressed. Her hopes were to convert me into loving this author but alas, her hopes were in vain. You see when the book was first published back when I was a teenager struggling with my own issues I read this one. Even back then though I knew the book was not for me. Fast forward 8 years to where I'm now in my early 20's and my opinion of the book and the author hasn't changed all that much. True my views on the world have changed, and I'm no longer a confused and angry teen but even now I could not enjoy the author's writing style and believe me this time around I really wanted to like it since it came so highly reccomended to me but for me this book was not. Kristina/Bree was an annoying little twit before and after she discovered crank and lost herself to the drug. I know that the book is loosley based on the life of the author's daughter who had substance abuse problems as a teen so I mean no disrespect but honestly I just found Kristina/Bree to be such a whiney little cow. I really did but maybe it's because I disliked the writing style so much. I don't know about you but I really don't enjoy novels written in the form of poetic verse like this one was written. I don't like how the books like these are written because for my brain (which happens to enjoy books being written in the traditional way) hates how these novels come off fragmented but I can't help it. It took all of my concentration on the night that I read this book to keep reading just to see if the book would get better or at the very least finish it because a friend recommend it so highly to me but this one unfortunately was not one for me to enjoy 8 years ago and not one that I enjoy today. In my opinion and I know I'm in the minority on this one, this book was poorly written and there were several times in the book while I was reading that I had to pause and re-read something time and again. So I think it's safe to say that this book and this author are not for me. I do recommend it to people who like YA fiction written like poetry or fans of the author's other books but I doubt that I could recommend it to anyone else. For me this author is going on my "never again" shelf.show more
by Kimberly Roy
Definately a good read!!!although at first i was disappointed by the inner stracture of the book, i mean the way sentenses are written not in the classic form of paragraphs but in shapes...but in the end i didnt mind as i was so into reading every word...narrates only the main points that the reader needs to know so its so easy to read as you dont get bored with big descriptions or details...show more
by PAPADOPOULOU ELENI
Kristina is good, straight-A student until she goes to stay with her father, who she hasn't seen for a number of years. There, Kristina disappears with her alter-ego, Bree, taking her place. Bree's confident and out-going, doesn't think twice about talking to boys she doesn't know. It's one of these boys, Adam, who introduces her to the drug, crank. It's Bree who returns home, although she tries to hide it from her mother and step-father. Before long Bree's running around with a couple of different boys, using crank on a regular basis and getting in all kinds of trouble. Crank isn't an easy book to read, it doesn't hold back on any aspect of Bree's drug use. Written in verse, it delves deep into her emotions and it draws you right in. Bree might not be a loveable character but she's definitely an interesting one. Certainly not a book for younger kids but one that older teens are likely to relate to and it's definitely not going to have them wanting to run off and 'meet the monster' for themselves.show more
by Tasha
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