Review: Crank

Sep •  24 •  2011
Review: CrankCrank by Ellen Hopkins
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on October 5th 2004
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary
Source: Gifted
"Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina -- she's fearless.
Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul -- her life?"

If you really want to know how one falls into drugs and is paralyzed there, read this book. Right from the start, I was amazed. You hear these stories all the time. At least I do. Some of my family members are really into drugs and have been in and out of jail/rehab. But I never really took a step back and see what Ms. Hopkins has captured. Ms. Hopkins captured everything and more about drug use. How it is so simple, to fall into it and drown.

 One thing I enjoyed about this book is how Ms. Hopkins could capture a simple situation, one that you never would of thought that it could go badly. Kristina’s change in her life and one bad decision left her fighting for her life. I love how easily the reader can see things through Kristina’s eyes. The reader, can see the fall of Kristina, little by little. She is not taken fully, but so slowly that you can see her soul dying one bit at a time. At times, I had to put the book down, just to gather my strength again to continue reading. My heart not only wept, but ached at what Kristina is going through.

Ms. Hopkins writing is so passionately written, that it is impossible not to understand. Ms. Hopkins really took a situation that I myself could never understand (never did drugs) and open my eyes to something new. For now, I can’t say I know what the person is going through, but through Ms. Hopkins I now have a better understanding.

If you know people who are using drugs, addicted to drugs, etc, read this book. It will illuminate your eyes to a whole new world. It will feel feelings your never felt, but most of all, it will give a chance to know what they are going through.

I give it  5 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. Peggy
    Sep 24, 2011

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Thank you for this giveaway! 🙂

  3. Diana
    Sep 24, 2011

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. Pabkins
    Sep 24, 2011

    Wow drug use huh? see I don’t think I got that from reading the book description – I never would have suspected.

  5. I didn’t know it was so emotional. Oh this sounds interesting. I have seen it around but not much on reviews. So, thanks for the wonderful review. I am so curious now.

  6. j. barrett
    Sep 24, 2011

    wow when i went to school they were on the required list to read, thanks for having this tour.

  7. I Read Banned Books
    Sep 25, 2011

    Hopping by to personally thank you for hopping with us this year! I’m giving away a copy of CRANK too! One of my faves!


  8. Lydia
    Sep 25, 2011

    I love this book! I read it my freshman year of high school and it resounded with me these past six years very loud and very clear. It’s one of my favorites!

  9. Janelle
    Sep 25, 2011

    Thanks for your generosity and being a part of this vital Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop!

    Sep 26, 2011

    Thanks for the giveaway and for participating.

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  11. SpadesHigh
    Sep 27, 2011

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway and for being a part of the Banned Books Week Hop!!
    Have a safe and great week!! =)

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  12. Evie
    Sep 28, 2011

    Thanks a lot for the chance!

    Sep 29, 2011

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  14. Darlene
    Sep 30, 2011

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve been hearing a lot about this book!!