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Crank by Ellen Hopkins
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Nov 16, 11

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Life was good before I met the monster. After, life was great, At least
for a little while”(1). For Kristinia, life was perfect, she was perfect girl: perfect hair, perfect life – until she met the monster. Her obsession started through an insecurity, defined by the idea of “love” and ended with a transformed mindset of a high school girl who wanted to make changes, but did not know how. Meth took over Kristina’s life, but she gave the drug the power to do so. Because she struggles with self identity, she creates a new identity, Bree. Bree is the opposite of the perfect Kristinia, and is accepted widely among her “new friends” because she was “fun” and “dangerous”. The constant tug-of-war between Kristina and Bree is too much for her to handle. As a result, she hits her lowest point when she is raped by one of her drug dealers, becomes pregnant, and is faced with the decision to clean her life up or not.

This book, although heavy in nature and morality, speaks to the reader in a personal and intriguing way. For Kristinia, her self-identity was compromised, but little do people know, the search for self-identity if common among many youth.

Crank is a novel that is age appropriate for 9-12th grade students because it heavily and openly deals with addiction, denial, neglection, and choices. Choices that changed Kristina’s life forever; choices that transformed her mindset and compromised her actions; choices that shattered not only her dreams but also the dreams of others around her.The book itself becomes like the drug, Crank (Meth), and captures the attention of the reader. I find this book to be compelling and teaches the reader about addiction through the eyes of a person who succumbs to the addiction.
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