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REVIEW: Crank – a book you can’t put down

Laney Lyles, Lancaster High Junior

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One line. Good.

Two lines. Feeling great.

Three lines. Gone.

Four lines. No sleep tonight for Kristina – no, she’s Bree…NO! She’s Kristina Or is she Bree?

The monster screams “Bree!” as she fights for Kristina Georgia to push through.

Crank, by Ellen Hopkins, is a thrilling fiction story about 16-year-old junior Kristina Georgia, who has everything going for her. Good grades, great family, fun friends … everything until she meets the monster known as crank.

Then she battles between deciding who she is in her split personality. Her crank-driven schizophrenia creates an alter ego who Kristina names Bree.

Bree is the more edgy, brave side of her. It’s the part of her that really lets loose. Kristina fights to find Kristina as Bree drowns her in an ocean of love, drugs, family, lies and hopelessness. This novel really portrays a teen’s loss of direction.

Hopkins vividly portrays what drugs do to a teen at such a young age. Lancaster High junior Ashley Cauthen says, “Crank is a crazy drug story.”

And one of the most unique things about Crank is the way it’s set up as verse poems all in order to tell this story. This structure really makes this book a page turner.

Once I picked up Crank, I couldn’t put it down. Even though the book has 537 pages, I finished it in four hours. The images the author depicts through her choice of words are so vivid. For example,
     “I wonder

     when I first noticed

     her, slipping in and out

     of my pores, hide-and-seek

     spider in fieldstone, red-bellied


While I read this book, I was totally absorbed in it and felt as though I took on the roles of perfect Kristina and schizo Bree.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read.

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One Response to “REVIEW: Crank – a book you can’t put down”

  1. hinson alexis on November 8th, 2010 9:49 am

    I like the way people want us to read, but it has to be put in a fun way for me to like it. I don’t like just sitting there bored all the time, but I guess there is no fun way to put reading. We have to read all our life. It’s going to be sooooooo boring. I like reading, but then just sitting there is ssooooooooooo boring — so that’s all I have to say about reading today. Bye! Bye! 🙂 :):):):):):):):):):):):):)


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