I am going to preface this review with the fact that I have read this book at least 15 times, and that is low balling it. Crank by Ellen Hopkins is a wonderfully sad story about a girl’s downward spiral with meth. Ellen Hopkins style of writing and the format her books are in is super unique and makes them all such a fast read. Crank is easily my favorite, even the sequels do not measure up. Kristina seems like a well-rounded good girl until she goes to see her dad in Reno for the first time. It’s there she finds her addiction to love and meth. She meets a boy, Adam, and introduces herself as Bree which changes her life forever. She leaves Reno and Adam behind and comes home to her comfortable life thinking everything will go back to normal. That is until Bree starts breaking into Kristina’s old life. Bree is the girl Kristina wants to be, confident, witty, and charming. Bree is what most girls carry inside them waiting to get out, Kristina released her. We all wish they had certain characteristics that made us stand out, made us irresistible. Kristina became Bree and Bree destroyed her. This book tells a story of how anyone is susceptible to drug addictions no matter what your life may be. It shows the evil truth about drug addiction and the struggle this girl goes through to try and beat it. This story is dark, there is no other way to describe it. Kristina’s struggles, her sad story, will pull at your loose ends and unravel you. Please pick up this book and see the struggle of letting alter ego take you down.
Favorite Quotes –
“Taking no chances means wasting your dreams..”
“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 true. 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.”
“The problem with resolutions is they’re only as solid as the person making them.”