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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  131,348 ratings  ·  8,376 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
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Jul 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 20, 2008 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
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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
4.75 stars

As someone who had a close friend that fell into using drugs and sleeping around, this book really hit home. It made me feel like I was reliving seeing my friend fall apart, right before my very eyes. It hurt to read this at some parts, made me want to shake Kristina and beg her to "please, stop" to tell her she's "better than this." But of course, I knew that would do little good. It hadn't done much for my friend. In fact, it'd done nothing.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the w
Mar 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ 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
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“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
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Girls get screwed.
Not that kind of screwed, what I mean is, they're always on the short end of things.

The way things work, how
guys feel great, but make girls feel
cheap for doing
exactly what
they beg for.

The way they get to play you,
all the while claiming they
love you and making you
believe it's

The way it's okay to gift their heart one day, a backhand the next,
to move on to the apricot
when the peach blushes and bruises.

These things make me believe God's a man after all.”

I don't know anything
Michael Araujo
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, poetry, life
For the longest time now, I’ve been amused by and interested in drugs. No, not doing drugs. But seeing stories about people who do drugs. It amazes me how a substance can change a person so quickly. How it can make your life escalate and then sink it as quick as a heartbeat. How it can make you feel like you’re at the top of the world, and once it’s gone, the overwhelming need to have more. I have only seen it before on television. Skins (UK) to be exact. Seen the lives of countless teenagers be ...more
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Sep 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, verse, contemporary
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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May 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youngadult
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
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Intense, Raw and Disturbingly Thought Provoking. I love it!!! A must read and I can't wait to read the sequel "Glass" ...more
Nicole aka FromReading2Dreaming
This book was... WOW. This book is one of the best books I have ever read on the subject of drug addiction. This book beautifully describes, in a verse form, how drugs completely and horribly destroyed a girls life. This book weaves together a tale of the dangers of drugs.

The main character was very relatable, though I have never done drugs, one finds themselves sympathizing with her and her struggles. Even hating one of the characters so much for hurting the main character. The main character i
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ya
Everything about this book is different from anything I have ever read. It is small and thick (kind of shaped like a bag of cornmeal) however had I not started it at 10 PM, I would most definitely have read it in one sitting. Written in prose that changes shape and font from page to page, it is a terrifying, brilliant, important, tremendously sad story based upon the life of the author's seventeen year old daughter. Unique, seemingly honest and authentic, and a very quick, compulsive read. I'm s ...more
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-school
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
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Sarah K
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is definitely the best poetry book I have ever read. As soon as my teacher showed me this book and told me what it was about, I instantly wanted to read the book! Its a story about a girl and a "monster", which is a crystal meth and it is changing this what use to be a perfect girl. The best part of this book is the details on how the girl dealt with her addiction and how drugs can change a person. I learned how fast drugs can change someone. This book was fantastic and I recommend thi ...more
Mariah Roze
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this book a very long time ago, so I was really excited when my book club-Diversity in All Forms- decided to read it. It gave me a chance to re-read this book and I didn't remember it at all. I only remembered that it was really good and I originally read it super fast. This book was great! Ellen Hopkins is so good at writing about difficult topics in YA form. I look forward to reading all her books through Diversity in All Forms! If you would like to join in the discussion for this book ...more
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: advisory-2008-9
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Sep 03, 2010 rated it liked it
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.

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 shouldn't be doing). That mistake was one I did the first go-round Hopkins
Asghar Abbas
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing

What is it with me and reading poetry/poetic prose in December? Last wonderful December, I really enjoyed Ariel by Sylvia Plath. Going through some things and I wanted to read something human , something personal for catharsis, to let it all go and I was about to reread Forbidden again when I chose this. Blew me away, such rawness. I'll say this and I'll say it again . Books help, they heal. Never stop reading.

Oddly enough, the MC here reminded me of the one in Underwater by Marisa Reichardt. B
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