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Crank

by Ellen Hopkins

Margaret K. McElderry Books | August 6, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Crank is rated 4.5753 out of 5 by 73.
The #1 New York Times bestselling tale of addiction now features a refreshed look and trade paperback trim size.

Life was good
before I
met
the monster.


After,
life
was great,
At
least

for a little while.

Kristina Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble.

Then, Kristina 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 576 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.4 in

Published: August 6, 2013

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442471816

ISBN - 13: 9781442471818

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark Easy read, really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2014-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impressive Crank is a very good book. Bree is a character some people will relate to really well, and this book is a book many people can relate to and appreciate. I enjoyed seeing the two sides of Kristina/Bree, and loved reading her story. Hopkins writes really differently, but really well, never overdoing it while keeping readers interests. The only thing I didn't really enjoy about this book was that some parts I felt were rushed. For example, near the end Kristina/Bree tells her mom something she was unsure about, and I thought it would have been better if Hopkins elaborated and told us more about that scene. Crank was a really, really good book. I'm not rushing out to get the sequel, Glass, but it is definitely high on my to-read list.
Date published: 2012-12-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth my time In April one of my favourite Goodreads friends started reading this book and when she finished she was so impressed that she recommend that I read it for a second time, even though she knew I read it already and was not impressed. Her hopes were to convert me into loving this author but alas, her hopes were in vain. You see when the book was first published back when I was a teenager struggling with my own issues I read this one. Even back then though I knew the book was not for me. Fast forward 8 years to where I'm now in my early 20's and my opinion of the book and the author hasn't changed all that much. True my views on the world have changed, and I'm no longer a confused and angry teen but even now I could not enjoy the author's writing style and believe me this time around I really wanted to like it since it came so highly reccomended to me but for me this book was not. Kristina/Bree was an annoying little twit before and after she discovered crank and lost herself to the drug. I know that the book is loosley based on the life of the author's daughter who had substance abuse problems as a teen so I mean no disrespect but honestly I just found Kristina/Bree to be such a whiney little cow. I really did but maybe it's because I disliked the writing style so much. I don't know about you but I really don't enjoy novels written in the form of poetic verse like this one was written. I don't like how the books like these are written because for my brain (which happens to enjoy books being written in the traditional way) hates how these novels come off fragmented but I can't help it. It took all of my concentration on the night that I read this book to keep reading just to see if the book would get better or at the very least finish it because a friend recommend it so highly to me but this one unfortunately was not one for me to enjoy 8 years ago and not one that I enjoy today. In my opinion and I know I'm in the minority on this one, this book was poorly written and there were several times in the book while I was reading that I had to pause and re-read something time and again. So I think it's safe to say that this book and this author are not for me. I do recommend it to people who like YA fiction written like poetry or fans of the author's other books but I doubt that I could recommend it to anyone else. For me this author is going on my "never again" shelf.
Date published: 2012-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED!! I really loved this book, I was skeptical at first because it is written in verses. But I was pleasantly surprised, it was awesome and the way she wrote the book is awesome. It took me like 3 hours not even to read it I could not put the book down and the story was awesome. Can't wait to read the sequel.
Date published: 2012-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Bitter Truth It was a very well wirtten book. I love how it's written in a poetry style. It just seemed all too real, and it honestly creeped me out how Kristina's situation could happen to anybody; how she went from good girl to bad girl within the span of a few weeks is insane, but it's true and can happen to anyone. This book has opened my eyes to a whole new perspective, and for teens, they should definetly read this. It could probably change their perspective on drugs. I really got into itthough, it took me 6 hours to read ! Although, their isn't too many words on each page, it was still a page turner, and very good overall !
Date published: 2012-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from omg awsome Omg when I first seen this book and peeps were talkon about it and I looked at it thought omg dum but my god I could not put it down took me 3 hours to read it and love how she is 2 diff peeps and how she was a goody good and that it is a true story I feel so bad that her life ended like that I had a bro who was worse then her and was the same age and I am now readin glass
Date published: 2011-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense! I couldn't put this book down. I got so into it, and it was even easier to get to know the characters because there were so few of them. I love Ellen Hopkins' books. She makes them so interesting and intense.
Date published: 2011-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crank This book was awesome to read. it was so realistic and crazy. I like the split personally even tho it was sometimes hard to follow, and I like how the auther changes her so much from when she was not doing drugs until now. I love the way the book was written. :)
Date published: 2010-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-read for tweens! What an amazing story! This book reads a little like poetry with its oddball sentence structure and geometric lines but once you get used to it, it doesn't really matter. The book flows quite quickly into a rivetting tale of a good kid gone bad when she is introduced to the world of methamphetamines ("crank"). Based loosely on the author's real-life experience with her own daughter, you will be unable to put this one down. I read almost the entire book in one day - I literally could not walk way from this story. Every tween should read this as part of their curriculum -a cautionary tale for modern times.
Date published: 2010-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different then others. This book was written with imagination and creativity. I really enjoyed the poetic style of this book! You can understand the author's story, but you also need to think about what she has written. Overall a very good book!
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderfully written Ellen Hopkins does a wonderful job writing this book. It was fast paced and kept me interested the whole time. It was amazing the way she made me feel like I was right there with Kristina as she spirals out of control. The way Ellen put this book together just adds to the overall emotion of this story that hits close to home for her. The topics in the book are very intense and I think show a realistic view of how addiction affects friends, families, and the person who has the addiction. The way this book was written was different than any other book I had read at the time. Instead of straight lines of words, the words made pictures that related to the book and that particular paragraph. This book had me hooked and encouraged me to pick up a couple more of her books. All being just as good, if not a little bit better than this one. Being based loosely on her daughters story, which I had learned after reading this book, made it that much better. It made what i had just read feel more like a biography, not a fiction book. I would recommend this book to anyone of my friends.
Date published: 2010-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Downward Spiral of Drug Abuse This was written in poetry style. Not my usual type of read, but I enjoyed it and it was a page turner. The main character gets caught up in the world of drugs and it pulls her in and will not let go. A great lesson to young adult audiences to make better choices.
Date published: 2009-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read I absolutly enjoyed this book. Ellen had me hooked from the beggining. I'ts one of those books you just can't seem too put down, very fast paced and there's always something going on to make you keep flipping the pages. I Have to admit, i've read this book at least five times. Its just a wonderful read for mature readers, and i highly recommend it. =]
Date published: 2009-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crank. Crank was a beautifuly written journey into the mind, body and soal of a meth addict. The book, like many others in my colection, gripped me with firm hands and refused to let go. The words were inspiring to me. I highly recomend this book along with all of the other ellen hopkins books (such as burned, impulse, glass, identical, etc.) The writing in this book is refreshing, new and so different from any book i have read. I will continue to wait for the next books eagerly, all ways hungry for more.
Date published: 2009-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely Worth Reading This book was absolutely amazing. When I first picked it up i was reluctant to read it becuase of the verse format but when I started it, I was so engrossed I couldn't put it down. It has a real story with a real plot. And the verse format is actually quite intriguing becuase you could read it anyway you see it (if you look at the text, you'll understand). Anyway, definitely worth reading and I recommend all of Ellen Hopkins books.
Date published: 2009-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crank Nothing new with this review, just stating the obvious, you know, that this book is amazing. I was at a friends house and she urged me to read it. I stopped because the beginning was a tad confusing and I already had a book on the go. The next time I was at her house I picked it up again and after a few pages it isn't confusing anymore and I got hooked. I read almost the whole time I was there and finished it in the same day. This book was addicting, it was different from what I usually read and so it was a bit refreshing. I loved the way it was written, the kind of poem style, very new and interesting. The plot was great, always something happening, very fast paced. The only thing I found I didn't like that much was at parts I felt like the author was saying that drugs weren't that bad because yes, bad things happened to the main character but I felt some good came out of it too. I'm not sure how to explain it but it seemed as though the character was happy with her life a bit too much. And the ending was a bit too happy. Again, I'm not sure how to explain. Oh well, it was still a wonderful book. I highly recommend for mature readers.
Date published: 2009-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from real life book Wow...Crank is a book about kristina who gets hooked onto meth after visiting her father that she barely knows. This book was a really good book because it didnt have any supernatural beings and vamps. Ellen hopkin's books are always about reality and Crank is a book that could actually be a wake up call for some people who are thinking about going on drugs. Her books dont always end with a happy ending though..its real life. Also read Glas, the sequel to Crank.
Date published: 2009-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THe most terrifying book I've read This book so horrifying, I cried myself to sleep. I didn't want to finish reading it, but I couldn't put it down. It's not a book about supernatural beings, vampires or other fictional beings, but a book about a real monster, one called Crystal Meth. It hit home hard. Not because I have an addiction, or do drugs. Not because my kids do drugs. But because it COULD be my kids one day, or my neighbors kids or really any one I know. Although written for teens, I highly recommend that every parent in North America and beyond read it. It is loosely based on the authors own daughter and her family's experiences. And I'm heart broken for them all. But this could have been any one's child. An honor student, not quite fashionable, not the most popular, a perfect daughter(or son), with a best friend since grade 4. That's a pretty generic profile, it could fit many kids, and it would blind side most of us. This isn't who we worry about! These are smart kids right? They wouldn't do drugs.... or would they? Crank is written from Kristina's point of view, a 16 year old from a middle class family, honor student, perfect daughter, great friends and how a 3 week trip to visit her dad changed her for ever. This is how 1 night 2 weeks into her visit she did something that forever changed her life, it was the beginning of a battle, one no teen is ever prepared to travel. Lies, deception, theft, and more happen. It's a heartbreaking story, it's terrifying. It's scarier than any horror movie I've ever seen because it could be any of my kids one day. I have the child described, in fact I have four of those kids. Great kids. Honor students, with great friends, well liked, but not the "in" crowd. Not the "fashion divas". Just "ordinary" smart kids. But all it takes is one slip up. One little mistake, one assumption that one time won't change anything, and how wrong that would be. I was never exposed to drugs as a teen, but I didn't grow up in today's world either. The 80's and 90's were a different time. There were drugs, but not as readily available as today. This book opened my eyes to how easy it CAN happen. You hear about the over dose, the party broken up, the charges laid. But you never get to experience it, you don't know what it's really like. It's not a matter of 'growing up' and kicking the habit, it's not that easy it's a real monster that is next to impossible to battle. It's about one bad choice and how that can change the courses of lives forever. I recommend this book to parents. To show them how good kids can make a bad choice. To show them the signs of what may happen. I plan to have my kids read this book, I have 1 teen now, and a preteen plus 2 younger. Drugs are all around them, they need to see why it's a scary thing, it's not about parents not wanting them to have a good time, it's about saving their lives. It's about their futures, futures of their kids. It's a very scary world in the teen world today, if they don't have the right information.
Date published: 2009-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from something diffrent It was nice to read something out of my regular book choices. Because of its poetry format it’s also a fast read. Don’t let the poetry format intimidate you, it’s still really easy to read. The book was really good and I’m looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
Date published: 2009-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from thrilling fast read this book was amazing from start to finish. when the 16 year old Kristina perfect child becomes in contact with the monster 'crystal meth" her alter ego takes over as she becomes a new person a braver person a person thats not scared of anything ,Bree. the struggles that an normal teenager goes through is taken to a high pushed over her limits when she discovers the monster and her world will never be the same again.
Date published: 2009-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatly written Its amazing how such a much older person is able to get into the head of a troubled teen, and not even recalling on her own youth. Crank is written in verse and I think it is because of this that it makes the book a whole lot more interesting, also, the book Crank kind of becomes your monster, as Cocaine does for the teen in the book. I fell in love with the book after the first few pages and definetely cannot wait to read Glass.
Date published: 2009-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surely a life saving read for many. Ellen Hopkins has written a masterpiece in this novel. The book Crank is now one of my personal favorite novels. I have never experienced the affects of addiction first hand, however, after reading this novel I can relate to anyone who has. My girlfriend recommended this book to me so I read it and I couldn't believe how much I loved it. This is a book that demonstrates to the reader the power of addiction. Addiction is not a joke and it is certainly not easy to deal with. I recommend this book with the highest regards to anyone who wishes to gain a deep understanding of addiction. I also recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a thrill ride of a book. Ellen Hopkins deserves props for this book and the fact that it has probably saved many lives already.
Date published: 2009-01-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Pretty good, but... This book was enjoyable, and I liked how it was written in a different format compared to other books. What I didn't like was how it went by so quickly. It was kind of a waste of money to buy a ~600 page book to finish it in a day. If you put all the words together and fill a whole page up like a regular book, CRANK would probably be about a 200 page book. The story was well written though...it's just that I would have preferred to borrow it from a library instead.
Date published: 2008-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Disturbing 3.5 hours, 1 pee brake, 3 cigarettes and 8,000 cravings later and I'm through with this eerily accurate portrayal of a life addicted. Poetic and profound, Ellen Hopkins gives life to the monster in many of our closets. I won't forget this one for a long time to come. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The monster Kristina, a bright junior girl changes her life when she makes a certain decision. One weekend, she visits her dad, a messed up man that runs a bowling alley, she meets this handsome boy and gets into trouble. The first time in her life, she gets started on drugs then gets serious...when she comes home, she has changed and her family is worried about her...The monster has goren her on a tight leash. Kristina will never be the same again.
Date published: 2008-09-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Frighteningly real Crank is a fast-paced novel filled with the thrills of youth and just a few life-altering mistakes. Kristina is a good girl, with a life so turbulent that she has to leave it for three weeks with her sluggard-drug-addict father. Through her father, she meets new people, specifically more drug addicts. In her despair and willingness to experiment, she gradually falls away from Kristina and instead takes on the persona of Bree. This Bree is a shameless flirt. She will gladly poison herself for a drug-induced high. She does not share the same set of morals as Kristina. She is captured by the monster: methamphetamine, also known as “crank”. This powerful work by Ellen Hopkins tells the story of how the fearless Bree came to be. Hopkins goes through each detail, each raw emotion that leads Kristina to nearly destroy herself. Readers will find themselves absorbed into the complexity of a life damaged by teenage desires. The concrete free verse used throughout the novel gives an interesting edge to the telling of the story. As in any other poetic form, it gives us a true glimpse of Kristina’s thoughts that another form of writing may not have. The different shapes used for each chapter are also quite intriguing – they may symbolize the theme of the particular chapter or highlight a few words in a chapter that collectively have meaning of their own. Crank is highly recommended for all teenagers, but a word of caution: the premise of the book is relatively dark. Unlike the average fairytale plotline – such as the chick lit novels I often read – not all problems are solved, similar to real life. It teaches us not to follow the mistakes rebellious teenagers may make, and shows us a somewhat gruesome outlook of the results. And, of course, beware that at some points, you’ll feel as though you were Kristina, all thanks to Hopkins’ riveting style.
Date published: 2008-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The MONSTER This is the first book that I have read that involved such a vigorous and addicting transition of a smart and obeying teenage girl to a highly rebelious crack addict. Based on a true story, a mother tells the tale of her daughter's addiction.
Date published: 2008-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling insite (Crank and Glass by Ellen Hopkins) These two books give a wonderful and yet fearfully accurate peek (from my point of view) into the life of an addict. That need for the next fix and what people will do for it. The effect drugs can have on your life. The mistakes you can make, that just get worse and worse as time goes on. I believe that it most accurately portrays the way that people can lose site of whats the most important thing to themselves and what the wrong choice could mean to the ones you love.
Date published: 2008-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! This book was a fast read but it was one of the best books I have ever read. It was reccomended to me by a friend and I've passed it on to two other friends of mine!!
Date published: 2008-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet Book :) this book is soo kool, it's one of the best and when i read it it's almost like scary and creepy in a kind of way but not a bad one a good, i'm gonna start to read the other books by ellen hopkins: burned impulse and glass
Date published: 2008-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great This novel is well writen. it displace alot of teenager problems. i recomend this novel to any teenager.
Date published: 2008-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ...Crazy Exciting Chaotic Intense... This is such a good book. You always hear the same repeated line "you won't be able to put this book down" within many reviews of many great books... well it's my turn to use it. During the two evenings curled up in bed reading Crank, I remember just as I would get drowsy (during the Verrry short 'down-time' sections of the book) all of a sudden there would be another twist... something crazy, exciting, chaotic, intense... and all of a sudden it had my full attention again and I simply could not stop reading. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone; it's wonderfully, artistically written and I can't wait to move on to the sequel novel Glass. :)
Date published: 2008-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! I love ellen hopkins books! I woudl really suggest you read this one it is amazing then read the next one glass. its a really great book!!!!!!!! shes amazing... i would also read her other amazing books impulse and burned and identical !! - zera murphy not mike! :)
Date published: 2008-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended Ellen Hopkins really got her point across, it's a brilliant format, and i highly recommend teenagers to read it, before experiencing situations with drugs. Really changed my mind about it.
Date published: 2008-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZIING BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book was a really good read. The way its written is amazing, and loved every moment of it! I highly recommend this book to anyone. You will not be disapointed!
Date published: 2008-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read I have had the chance to read this book a couple of times now, and I still love it everytime. As I get older though, I find it less intense then when I originally read it, and compared to some other books out about the same type of thing, I find it pretty low key. Still, it is really well written, and don't let the style of writing (verse) scare you off, it's easy to keep up with!
Date published: 2008-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Disturbing, in the best way possible! I thought the author's message of drugs being a terrifying substance.. really crossed. In a VERY explicit way. I was a little disturbed , and found myself putting down the book at times to collect myself. However, the writing style is terrific. I look forward to reading more books by her, but this book is not for those.. "faint of heart." ?
Date published: 2008-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Story. I gotta say this is probably the only book I never got bored reading. It's one of the most interesting and amazing books i've ever read. I couldn't even put it down. I just bought it today and finished it the same day. I think it's worth reading more than once.
Date published: 2008-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This book was a little disturbing to me, but in a way I could handle. I loved the form it was written in.
Date published: 2008-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliantly composed Completely absorbed me from beginning to end. Couldn't even put the book down...read it in one day!
Date published: 2008-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from L O V E aweee. i loved this book. it was sooo different, a bit of romance (odd romance-LOL) but it was so shocking at all different parts, i couldent put it down. it took one day to read!.
Date published: 2008-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than Most Books on a Similar Topic I absolutely love the poetic way this was written. I found it much more compelling than "Go Ask Alice" and somehow less pretentious.
Date published: 2008-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfull :) I fell inlove with the way she wrote the novel, I wish I could write like her! I loved this book and the sequel and have a craving to read it again. And possibly again! Must read, definatly recommended!
Date published: 2008-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Read When i first bought this book i wasn't too sure about it, i opened it and at first thought it was a poetry book because in the unique way the words were placed on the page... but as soon as i started to read it i fell in love with it, it is a beautiful story on how good goes to bad... you absolutly fall in love with the way ellen hopkins words everything a must read for sure.
Date published: 2007-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crank This book is amazing, this author is amazing. I suggest you read this book!
Date published: 2007-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Capturing The minute I started reading I couldn't stop. I really didn't think I would love a book in this unique format. Just flipping the pages exhilarated me. I definitely thought it was too old for me tried to put it down....but just couldn't. Wouldn't recconmend for people under 12 or 13. Although I am one of them
Date published: 2007-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet, bitter, deadly candy. Love is a deep and intense affection for some, or something. The monster takes you in with it's sweet words of promis; the ride of your life. Since the first time you walk hand in hand, you're hooked. Stuck on to this remorceless beast. Everybody knows the monster, everyone's seen the monster at least once, or will. Everyone who's walked away may have saved themselves, but the few that chose to flurt with the monster will be forever consumes. The word limit of 1000 on this review is simply not enough to describe the emotion, hate, love in this TRUE story. This book gives a fair warning, at best, to what the monster CAN and WILL do to you, if you let him in.
Date published: 2007-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ;;;;; Crank; Crystal: Tina; Ice; Glass; Blade; Crystal ice; L A Glass; Shards; Quarts; Meth; Brain ed; Buggs; Candy; Cheese; Jib; Magic; Rock; Smack; Tink dust; The Monster. We all know about this monster, whether or not it has touched our lives or lives of those we love, how long before this monster eats them alive? A story of a girl who fell from grace, how it happened and how she didn't want it any other way.
Date published: 2007-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG :) okay readint this book i got sucked into the thrilling story. the way it was written was new and fresh and held suspense amazingly well. i thought poetry would be harder to follow but it was an amazing story and i cannot w8 2 read the next
Date published: 2007-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best! eye opening, that's for sure. i also loved the writing style chosen. i am highly anticipating the sequel.
Date published: 2007-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read in one sitting!! Okay well, this has to be one of my favourite books ever written. i mean, i stayed up all night to finish it!! i just want to say thank you Ellen Hopkins for writing this book! and i hope everyone else who lays their hands on this book likes it just as much as i do!!
Date published: 2007-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absoulutely Great This book was amazing I couldn't put it down. It was so good I read it twice. I can't wait for Glass the sequel to Crank.
Date published: 2007-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best! I don't read very often and when I do read, I only read books that keep me interested. I loved this book, I never set it down. Everything seems so real and it's all happening and all the twists are phenomenal. This simply was the best book I've ever read.
Date published: 2007-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was probably the best i've read. I got all my friends to read it and they agree when i say it's so good. The first day i got it i thought i'd never finish it because of the amount of pages it has. but when i saw the unique way it was written , in poem form, it took me a few hours and i couldnt put it down! i can't wait for Glass- the sequel to Crank!
Date published: 2007-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ellen Hopkins two thumbs up. This book is amazing. The things that Kristina/Bree goes through is something that is such harsh reality that is it very hard to believe. Ellen Hopkins is such an amazing writter, teenagers like myself need to see what they are facing in the real world and Ellen Hopkins seems to cover deep topics (In this book drugs for example). If anyone that read this book and enjoyed it i suggest Go Ask Alice. Last thing that i need to say is don't judge this book by the boring cover, and don't judge the book by the format its written in. KEEP ON WRITTING ELLEN HOPKINS!!!
Date published: 2007-03-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Captivating This book overall was 'alright'. I found the writing style and the structure good, and very different. Hopkins uses poem formats to tell the story. However, I was very disappointed in the ending. The author made such a good impression on me when I was reading the first few pages, but left me with absolutely nothing in the end. I hope the sequel will bring up Crank's reptuation to higher standards.
Date published: 2007-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shockingly good. This book is written so originally. The poem like style is so creative. It captures your attention so easily and you can't put it down. I was so caught up in it I read it in 5 hours. I could not put it down. The story is so good, so sad and real but so amazing. Ellen Hopkins really captures a mood and your emotions. I just love this book.
Date published: 2007-03-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unique & Different Great novel…if you can call it that. I was a little judging at first when reading this book but once you get used to the authour’s writing style I really began to understand it better and enjoy what I was reading. At first I thought it was going to be hard to understand because it was written in a poetic form, but like I said earlier, once you got use to the writing style it’s easy to understand and it is a good read.
Date published: 2007-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Words To Describe I actually bought it withought looking inside and then while i was on my way home I scanned through the pages and the writting was different it look like poems and I was mad that I had bought it and would have to come back another day and return it but for some reason my friend that I dont see very often brought up what a great book it was, so I decided to read it and I was so moved by the writting and enjoyed it so much I read it a second time. It was a wonderful book and I recomend it to anyone that enjoys a good book.
Date published: 2006-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AweMazing! this book was amazing. i couldn't put it down, i finished it in a day and a half. it made me think, and review my own life. i loved Ellen Hopkins writing style, it made the book even more interesting, you read it in your own way, cause there is no real way. :)
Date published: 2006-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing Crank is one of those books that really make you think. This story about the *monster* and Kristen/Brees trouble with this drug is so compelling. Anyone who has any expirience with drugs, or a friend or family member who has ever been addicted to anything will completely understand the need for the monster, and how she will do almost anything for it. And her sacrafice, and indurence of this chemicle addcition that gets her down the wrong path, makes one of the truest and realest characters and story line ive ever read. The way Ellen Hopkins wrote this book was amazing, and I loved how the pages were set up. Over all I think anyone and eveyone should read Crank. Fast read, and cpmpletely worth it!
Date published: 2006-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent. Crank is a compelling story about a perfect daughter, named Kristina. Kristina gets involved with the monster (Crystal Meth) when she is visiting her father for the first time since her parents divorce. She meets the monster through a boy named Adam. Kristina's father doesn't notice or care because he too is also involved with the monster. She soon becomes addicted and depressed. Her addiction doesn't stop when she leaves her fathers; it gets worse. Crank is written in a poetry format. Although it was somewhat annoying when you have to figure out which way, the sentence is to be read. Besides that, I think because of the style of writing it helped capture the atmosphere of the story. All the characters in this book are realistic and true. I think anyone can relate to this story whether or whether not they have tried drugs. I think the part that got to me most was that what happened to Kristina could happen to anyone. I would recommend this book to anyone who is over the age of 13. This book is a great read; you won’t be able to put the book down.
Date published: 2006-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from omg it is the best crank is one of the best books i have ever read ...i recomend it to every1 and i aslo loved go ask alice !!! well i am out peace
Date published: 2006-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! This book was the best book i ever read .. WOW! i finished it in 2 days and its a 532 page book .. or sumthing like that .. Lol... .Hhahaha .. I recommend it to anyone!!! i mean anyonee.. lol and i lent it to 7 of my friends and they already finished it. thats how good it is.
Date published: 2006-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crank Crank is one of my favorite novels. The author has done a great job in creating an atmosphere where mature teenagers can follow an up-front and in your face story about a teenaged girl who becomes addicted to the monster . The style of the writing-in verse form is what first drew me to this book. I'm glad it did, one of the best!
Date published: 2006-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bestest. Made me cry. BEST BOOK IN THE WORLD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYOOOOOOOOONE. !!!!!!
Date published: 2005-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crank I thought that the book was amazingly accurate. The ordeals of the characters were so real and vivid. The way the author embraced the major conflicts was so engrossing, I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2005-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Book This book is great for ANY teenager. Once I started reading, I could not put it down. It has a great storyline that's dramatic, and depressing. But it is still an awesome book. I'd recommend it to anyone!
Date published: 2005-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is fantastic, the characters and story line are so dramatically real, it could touch anyone.
Date published: 2005-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Crank was one of the best books I've read in a while. The story line is one that anyone can relate to. Yes, the book is rather depressing, but it reaches out to anyone who has been introduced to drugs. Whether it was friends, family or your self. This book was amazing. The style of writting is like no other, and I cant wait to read other books by the same auther.
Date published: 2005-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a page turner reLLY good and in a different way of writing, is easy to follow and it has a mature type topic but it can really happen to teenagers and it does really good.
Date published: 2005-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book was pretty neat. The content was good. Very insightful. I wasn't very pleased with the set-up of the text though. It truly gave me headaches to read, jumping everywhere to figure out where the next sentence ends or starts was quite an annoyance. But overall I really liked this book.
Date published: 2005-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from *ReAlLy GoOd* this book was really. intense and a page turning novel. interesting form of writing since it is in poetry. parts of the book are mature. don't read if under 6th grade.
Date published: 2005-01-27

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Crank

by Ellen Hopkins

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 576 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.4 in

Published: August 6, 2013

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442471816

ISBN - 13: 9781442471818

About the Book

Based on a real-life event and written in verse, this novel, the first in Hopkins' "New York Times"-bestselling trilogy and now repackaged, relates the disturbing story of one girl's descent into addiction.

From the Publisher

The #1 New York Times bestselling tale of addiction now features a refreshed look and trade paperback trim size.

Life was good
before I
met
the monster.


After,
life
was great,
At
least

for a little while.

Kristina Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble.

Then, Kristina 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.

About the Author

Ellen Hopkins was born in Long Beach, California on March 26, 1955. She started her writing career with a number of nonfiction books for children, including Air Devils and Orcas: High Seas Supermen. She has written about 20 non-fiction books. Her first novel, Crank, was written in verse and met with critical acclaim. Her other fiction works include Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, and Fallout. Her title Perfect made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012
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