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Content Review: Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Crank Review by: Andye
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Intended Audience:  YA                                             Age of Main Character:  16

Summary:  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.

Sexual Content






Other Notables:

    -There are references to meth on virtually every page in this book. The entire book is centered around Kristina's introduction to, and addiction to, meth.

    -There are many references to smoking cigarettes.

    -There is a reference to snuff.

    -Many references to people, including teens using pot, cocaine, meth and ecstasy

    -There are a lot of references to people including teens using alcohol and getting drunk.

    -Kristina's dad is an addict.

    -Crisis is the overwhelming theme of this book as sixteen year old Kristina becomes addicted to meth. She is introduced to it by her biological father. The turns her life takes as a result of meth addiction include a deteriorating family and social life, a split personality, a rape, crime, and pregnancy.

Did I like this book?

It's hard to say whether I like a book like this. It is very heartbreaking to think that this actually happens to teenagers in our culture. There were some positive elements in the book, but it is overwhelmingly full of sexual content, language, and crisis. There are some lessons to learn. The main positive element of this book is the vivid description of the consequences of meth addiction. Other positive elements include Kristina's parents intervening once they are aware of her problem. Kristina contemplates abortion, but chooses to have her baby. Chase, who is in love with Kristina, wants to marry her and help raise the baby even though it is not his.  Blog Review

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  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: McElderry; Original edition (October 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689865198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689865190