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Crank by Ellen Hopkins
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Jun 26, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: from-the-library, young-adult, 2011

Crank is a brutal story about a high school girl who gets hooked on meth. The book is laid out more like poetry than a novel with some pages having only a few words, the text shaped like hearts, arrows, the letter "E." The format makes for an incredibly fast read and leads to full immersion into Kristina/Bree's story.

As if the story wasn't harrowing enough, the author's note in three beginning stating that it was based on her own daughter's descent into Meth makes it even worse. I had a knot in my stomach the while time I was reading this book, my brain instantly going to my own kids.

I think the author did a great job of creating a story that's compulsively readable yet frightening enough to serve as a cautionary tale. At least I hope it does.

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Reading Progress

June 26, 2011 – Started Reading
June 26, 2011 – Shelved
June 26, 2011 – Shelved as: from-the-library
June 26, 2011 – Shelved as: young-adult
June 26, 2011 –
page 162
June 27, 2011 –
page 224
41.71% "The fact that there are about 30 words per page makes this book much easier to read!"
June 28, 2011 –
page 419
June 29, 2011 – Finished Reading
January 26, 2012 – Shelved as: 2011

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