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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  88,439 ratings  ·  6,287 reviews
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 2004)
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Jul 02, 2008 Shannon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teenagers/college kids
Life was good
before I
the monster.
was great,
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
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
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈

Read a book set in high school.

Ok ya'll. Time for another brutally honest and very personal review from yours truly. Gee, i seem to be writing a lot of personal reviews lately, don't I? As some of you may have noticed, I haven't spent a lot of time on here or even been reading much this summer. That's because I've been dealing with a lot of personal shit on my plate. Some of that has to do with work. Some with school. But I am, for the first time admitting to all of you that the main reason is b
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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This is the story of Kristina and the downward spiral her life takes once she decides to dance with “the monster.”

First things first . . . Apparently I missed the memo that said everything “disturbing” should be written in free verse form. Note to writers: Using this method does not make your work “poetic” or “better,” so stop doing it if you’re not good at it.

On to the actual story
Jan 07, 2009 Audrey rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
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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
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

“Have you ever had so much to say that your mouth closed up tight struggling to harness the nuclear force coalescing within your words? Have you ever had so many thoughts churning inside you that you didn’t dare let them escape in case they blew you wide open? Have you ever been so angry that you couldn’t look in the mirror for fear of finding the face of evil glaring back at you?”


Every time I read an Ellen Hopkins book it's always an emotional journey and this on
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
Melissa Martin

OMG! I am in love with this book. It's so very sad. I just don't really have words for it. I opened it today, didn't even put it on my currently reading list as I couldn't put it down.

Kristina sinks into a world of drugs.. crank... all kinds... she gets hurt... I would like to take a hot iron poker to the one that hurts her....

When Kristina goes into her world of drugs she calls herself Bree... Bree is cool.. or so she thinks.

Did it all start because she go
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Crank, you see
isn’t any ordinary
monster. It’s like a
giant octopus,
its tentacles not
just around you,
but through you,
not hard enough to
kill you, but enough
to keep you from
until you try to get

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
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
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
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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
Hopkins is a bit of a background author for me. Someone I consider a favorite, but one I honestly rarely go to because, her stories are just so raw, so real, and sometimes that just leaves me heartbroken and stressed out despite how much I love the writing, the poetry, and the story.

Enter Crank, a fictionalized retelling of events that actually happened to Hopkins own daughter. Again, this story is great, the poetry is fantastic, and Hopkins didn't disappoint. The spiel given at the end, where H
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I wrote this review from the perspective of an educator, so it might be more beneficial for teachers :)

I feel bad saying this because of the dark, sad, content, but this was an amazing book! I typically read Go Ask Alice with my 11th/12th graders because of the detailed description of the main character's drug use and ultimate downward spiral. I think it is an important book to share because of the impressionable and exploratory stage my students are at. After reading Crank, I would not be oppos
Life was good
before I
the monster.
was great,
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
9.5/10 stars. This book was really good. I loved it and I finished it in 2 sittings. I feel like this book was more factual than fiction because of the accurate descriptions of how Bree/Kristen went through "the monster" aka meth. It scared me a little bit on what meth does to you. Overall, this book was really nice and the ending was a little shock. I still love Impulse more in there, it was so real about deaths and everything, it scared me. This was also very real but in my heart, it tugs more ...more
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
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
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 d
4.5 stars
This book was twisted and beautiful at the same time...
(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
Laura (Hey! I'm reading)
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,
Gabriel the Bookaholic
Never read this. It is so not worth the time. This book is depressing....
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
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
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
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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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