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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 ...more
Paperback, 537 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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Shannon
Jul 02, 2008 Shannon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teenagers/college kids
Life was good
before I
met
the monster.
After,
life
was great,
At
least
for a little while.




Like a seed planted in your body, Crank is an unforgettable read that sweeps you up into a whirlwind of drugs, sex, and the choices and mistakes you must make when growing up. After I finished this novel, a little invisible demon grew at my side and will forever travel at my shoulder-whispering this story and its consequences into my shuddering ears. Read this book, you will never do meth and will always re
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booklady
Jan 30, 2013 booklady added it
Recommends it for: all parents of teens
Recommended to booklady by: my daughter
This is one of those books I can't give a star rating to--at least not by the definitions goodreads assigns. I did not like this book at all and yet I am forced to admit it is powerful, important, scary-as-you-know-where and should be read by every parent of teenagers today.

My daughter brought Crank home from the school library and also read it in a day; it's positively riveting. Ellen Hopkins first novel is based on her own tragic experience as a mother of a crank (meth) addict. So although Cr
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Audrey
Jan 07, 2009 Audrey rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
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Michelle
Call me a narc, I just can't empathize. Believe me, I put myself in her shoes. I understand that there are drug users who have reasons for taking cocaine, but what's her problem? One, her dad is a big jerkbutt. ...And that's about it. I can imagine worse situations in a second. If I were her, I would call my mom and beg her to take me home. That, and call Child Services to inspect him. End of story. Also, nobody forced her to snort. It was all her stupid mind that chose to take the step because ...more
Giselle
An immensely powerful book, Crank brings us a heartbreaking downfall into drug addiction. Knowing Ellen personally experienced much of this story gives it even more of an emotional pull, as we learn that this is based on Ellen's own daughter's story.

I'm still quite new to verse novels so it did take me a good 100 pages (which took like 20 mins to read, really - you can fly through verse books in no time) to get comfortable with the writing style. Before that I kept concentrating on how I was su
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Janine
I'm not sure that I can adequately put my feelings about this poignantly written epic poem/novel into words. Part of my fears that I cannot do it justice. Simply put, this book embodies the type of literature that I live and breathe for. It's one of those books that vindicates my decision to become an educator and teach this type of literature. It also proves that not all "great" literature looks like a modern novel nor is it written by "dead white guys".

Written as a series of concrete poems, C
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Kate
Kristina is a bright, good kid. But now, Kristina is gone. Bree has taken her place. Bree is dangerous. Bree is willing to try anything. Bree craves the monster. Bree craves crank.

Crank is a novel, in verse, detailing Kristina’s transformation into Bree. On a trip to visit her father, Kristina meets Adam. Adam introduces her to crank. But even before that fateful trip, Kristina had felt Bree’s presence. Kristina never would have even spoken to Adam. That was all Bree. Kristina never would have
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Bonnie
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Crank, you see
isn’t any ordinary
monster. It’s like a
giant octopus,
weaving
its tentacles not
just around you,
but through you,
squeezing
not hard enough to
kill you, but enough
to keep you from
reeling
until you try to get
away.


The Storyline
Kristina is a high school junior who’s your typical normal kid who brings home good grades and has never done anything to disappoint her mom. Kristina though, isn’t always Kristina. Sometimes she becomes Bree, the gi
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April
How many of you read Go Ask Alice when you were younger? Well, Crank by Ellen Hopkins is sort of like Go Ask Alice, only 1000x better. Upon finishing Crank, I did not think drugs were cool, whereas when I finished Go Ask Alice I was able to see the appeal of whatever that girl was on. In Crank, the drugs are legit scary and the results more tangible and immediate.
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Humberto Cnca
The book Crank is one of the best books I have read. This book has 537 pages. This book is a book from 9-12 grade. I say it is a level Z reading book. It was written in a poetic way, like no other book. The characters in the book are Kristina Georgia(a.k.a Bree), her mom, Adam, Chase, and Brendan. Kristina used to be a good girl. Until one day that she went on a trip to visit her dad. That experiance changed her for life. She met the monster: CRANK. Crank is a type of drug. She started to do it ...more
Cory
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I don't know why, but I wanted so much to hate this book... And in some ways I did- Not because it was slow, boring, or uncreative, but because it grossed me out seeing how anyone, even I, could meander down the wrong path so easily. Crank really made me look into the mirror and rethink my standards/morals. This is definitely something EVERY TEEN should read, for it teaches an important lesson. I give Ellen Hopkins 5 stars for this masterpiece. It may not have becom
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Sandee (Nikolai Lantsov's Queen)
Life was good
before I
met
the monster.
After,
life
was great,
At
least
for a little while.


**********

I am always drawn and intrigued by books that deal with real human problems and emotion.
I have read books on incest, abuse and alcoholism.
Crank is actually one of those books.

Crank is a story about how a normal teenage girl became a substance abuser.
It was written in meaningful verses that would keep you glued to its pages.

Kristina was as shy and reserved.
Bree was fun and outgoing.
Kristina is Bre
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Priscilla
Initial thoughts:

1. Quick read. The style of verse pulls you into Kristina's reality quickly and with a jolt.
2. Ellen Hopkins is able to convict a lot of raw emotion in very few words.
3. A dark and fast paced introduction to the destructive nature of drugs/meth.
4. Knowing that this story is loosely based on a true story (the author's daughter) made the read more impactful.
5. Intriguing to see how Kristina changes, especially moving from one environment to another. To see the monsters grasp where
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Andrew Hicks
The inherent readability of the YA fiction genre is breaking down some of the lifelong biases I've had as a reader. Take Crank , for example. Before getting hooked on Crank , I'd have sworn to you that I would never read a 500-page book that was written entirely in verse. I've never really liked poetry. I barely even pay attention to song lyrics.

I first picked up this book because I was lured in by the obvious heavy-drug theme on the front cover. (I love drug books, okay? I just do; you can dru
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Laura
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Laura (Boundless Bindings)
This was a beautifully written book that was infuriating and heart-wrenching at the same time. I loved Kristina and her alter-ego Bree, and I understood why she did it. this book really touches on the human emotion and our psyche in general and makes it a fascinating read.

I found that reading in verse was a little difficult at times, but I adjusted quickly and ended up finding it fascinating. I've always said that it takes a very talented author to write in verse. Because of the lack of wordage,
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Randy
Before anything else, I'll say I'm glad I read this book. I'd never read a novel done entirely in free verse before, so I was interested to see how it would turn out.

After reading it, I have to say that it's the content of a slight novella stretched across 500+ pages. Theres an astonishing amount of white space and many pages contain no more than nine or ten words. But that's not the crux of my criticism of the book.

But rather it's the nature of the stylistic choice to write in verse rather than
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(B) Archer at KIPP
Mar 13, 2008 (B) Archer at KIPP rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to (B) Archer by: Donna Flores
Shelves: girls-have-read
Crank by Ellen Hopkins is about a girl named Kristina or as she likes to be called Bree is a normal teenager. She was unique, good grades, no drama, no boys. Until then she goes to New Mexico to visit her low-life father. Her eyes connect and tend to stick to her night and shining armor Adam or Buddy. Kristina never seemed to notice boys or even recognize them. Adam is this sweet,sensitive and very catching but then he brings out the monster-crank. She enjoys it, the flying, the experience, the ...more
Summer
Jun 09, 2013 Summer rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People not afraid of facing harsh reality, people who are wondering about drugs
Crank is a book I wish I hadn't read, but at the same time I'm glad I have. It wasn't a pleasant read, it was a harrowing and painful one, but a necessary and enlightening one. It opened my eyes to how easily good girls fall, how easy it is to take the wrong road, and how hard, even impossible, it is to turn around. I always believed fervently in how a good family, good grades, success, steady friends can provide happiness and satisfaction and keep one away from the darkness, but Kristina proves ...more
Jennifer Lane
Just Say No to Crank

What a harrowing read! Crank is based on author Ellen Hopkins' daughter descent into drug addiction -- her dance with the "monster" otherwise known as methamphetamine.

I wish I didn't read the spoiler in the author's note because I knew what awaited Kristina, the good-girl-turned-drug-addict. And it wasn't pretty.

The writing is in verse. At first I wasn't sure I'd like it but then the raw emotion of the poetry drew me in. I think poetry is actually the perfect choice for a des
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Kristen
Crank is one of the most unusually written books on substance abuse and addiction I have ever read. I knew that Ellen Hopkins had a unique writing style before I picked this up, but I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. Constructing a story entirely in stanza sounds like a daunting task to me, but in doing so I feel like Hopkins was able to take something dark and gritty, and still make it a beautiful albeit heartbreaking read.
The story begins during the summer where Kristina is first
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Katie
I LOVED this book. I read it in a week. I loved how it gave you such a real look at the world of drugs. It was interesting that "Bree", really being Kristina and transforming from such a normal girl to someone who is addicted to meth. You think that it will take forever because its a thick book but its a quick read because you get so into it. You feel connected with her and feel as if you can relate to her in some sick way. Her father influences her and thats the worst part. It really makes you ...more
Sarah Covington
this book is hilariously weird, but i liked it a lot.
Tessa
This was a very enjoyable book and I'm happy I decided to give it a chance. I'm rather shy of very long books, but considering this is a novel done in verses it was actually a quick read.

First, let's talk about the title. There are many words that you can use for drugs, I find the word Crank especially fitting in this case because in german 'crank' means sick. And yes, the character in this book is sick. And it's sad to see her make mistake after mistake and not being able to get back on her fee
...more
Kathryn
Crank. Meth. Ice. Glass. The Monster...

Within in the pages of this disturbing, yet powerful lyrically written story, you meet Kristina. She's 16, an A- student, and attractive. She has friends, and now...she's made a new one.

What brings Kristina, and her alter ego Bree, to this point, really, REALLY made me so angry. (view spoiler)
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Hayden Casey
Man, it was good to read this again. I haven't read it in years. My memories of its contents were so hazy I couldn't even remember Kristina's middle name. Or the name of the guy that (view spoiler).

Ellen Hopkins is one of those authors whose books you can only read so many of at a time before they all start blending together into one loosely incoherent story, because they all sort of deal with the same topics (they're all about drugs and sex and naughty stuff teens shou
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Marita Hansen
4 1/2 stars.

One of the most original books I have ever read, and the first modern story that I have come across where the narrative is poetically structured. Even though my mother is a published poet and my daughter is a talented poet, poetry has never really interested me that much. I can write it, but I don't usually want to - and that includes reading it. So, I'm coming from a viewpoint where I tend to veer away from anything to do with poetry. BUT, this is not an average poetry book because
...more
juan carlos
Lo único que puedo decir de esta historia, fue que cada verso escrito te lleva a dolor, que cada palabra rimada es un desgarro en el corazón y que cada confesión de nuestra protagonista es llevarte a un infierno que nadie quisiera vivir.

Una historia original, contada de una manera aún más original, que recomiendo mucho. Una novela de corte juvenil que no te dejara dormir al igual que el monstruo no dejaba dormir a bree o a kristina?
Bri'aryn
Omg! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!! This Book Is The Best! I Swear This Book Taught Me Alot Of Stuff That I Probably Would Have Learned Until Years From Now! It's A Great Book You Should Read It.
Nykole M
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Ellen Hopkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Triangles, Tilt, and Collateral. She lives in Carson City, Nevada, with her husband and son. Hopkin's Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest pages get thousands of hits from teens who claim Hopkins is the "only one who understands me", and she can be visited at ellenhopkin ...more
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