The Book: CRANK – Just one of eight great books
The Author: Ellen Hopkins
What’s great about Crank?
In this cautionary tale, 16-year-old Kristina tries crank, or crystal meth, while visiting her estranged dad, who happens to be a junkie. The smart, sardonic heroine uses Bree, her imaginary self, to connect with guys and addicts and she can’t help but spiral into modern day addiction – despite her advantaged upbringing.
The author’s note, which mentions her own child’s struggle with “the monster”, comes as no surprise. It’s clear from the intimate, devastating scenes that Hopkins understands her characters and the world they inhabit.
Category: No Holds-Barred
What a Teen Girl says:
I don’t like ordinary books; they’re boring. This one is written in poetic verse so it’s different and I can really relate. Hopkins’ books are all about kids with big problems – real problems that people don’t usually talk about.
What the Editor says:
These books aren’t for the faint of heart. However, they address topics that teens often don’t want to discuss, but that they worry about.