Mini Review Monday: Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Summary From Goodreads:
In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the “monster,” the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or “crank.” Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne’er-do-well father.
While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree: “there is no perfect daughter, / no gifted high school junior, / no Kristina Georgia Snow. / There is only Bree.” Bree will do all the things good girl Kristina won’t, including attracting the attention of dangerous boys who can provide her with a steady flow of crank.
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews on Mini Review Monday! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
I know that I’m not breaking any new ground by talking about Crank, one of the more “popular” books that I have read during my time blogging, so I won’t be doing a traditional review so to speak. I’m just going to share a few thoughts I had on the book, okie? ^.^
Crank is far more than the meager description it is given. It is a warning to the entire spectrum of potential readers, from people who would never touch drugs to hardcore users, about the dangers of using heavily and with the strongest methods. However, the book is written entirely in verse, speaking a bit to the deranged mindset of a crank addict, but also softening some of the harder blows with freestyle. It leaves some of the detail out, though not much, and lets the reader imagine the rest. Sometimes you might wish it hadn’t.
Much of the book (the parts not trying to depress the crap out of you) sound like a ton of fun if I am to be honest. No, I’m not going to go out and do any of these drugs, but the dance party of ecstasy, the NASCAR type speed of crank, and the mellow groove of pot sound intriguing in their own ways. My guess is that is likely the point, Hopkins knows that people do this for a variety of reasons, but one of the main ones is that it generally feels really great while you are on your drug of choice.
The characters in the book were the weakest point for me. Most of them were cliche-ridden, one boyfriend an “I’ll love you forever” type despite them having only been together a few weeks (then turning on her in a blink), another with a more violent side (you know or can guess), and the knight in shining armor.
The main character is more of the same, and while she was likely very realistic in the mind of Hopkins for obvious reasons and cliches exist for reasons as well, watching the same old “girl with low self-esteem, bouncing from boy to boy, experimenting until she loses control” type of MC was a tad disappointing. Outside of the dual personality of sorts there wasn’t much that made her unique, and that was unfortunate.
Overall, though, I did enjoy Crank quite a bit. If there is someone reading this that somehow hasn’t read the book I would say that it does take a while to get used to reading in the verse style Hopkins employs, but that once you grow accustomed to it you will enjoy the book quite a bit. I don’t know that I’ll read the other books in the series, but we shall see. Thanks as always for reading. ^.^