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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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2004
Edition: 1st Simon Pulse ed
ISBN: 9780689865190
Branch Call Number: TEEN F HOP
Characteristics: 537 p. ; 18 cm


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Apr 27, 2020

I read this series as a teen and love it even more now! This is the first book of the series and shows how easy it is to get hooked into a life of addiction no matter where you come from. Highly recommend to anyone and everyone.

Nov 10, 2019

Crank series book 1

Sep 04, 2019

Ok, first off I want to say that this book should not be categorized as a Teen novel, this is very much Adult content. I remember this book came out when I was in the 8th grade, and I am so glad I never picked it up. Something about the cover thankfully just wasn't appealing to me at that age. I honestly was never planning on reading this book until a coworker recommended it. So now 15 years later I am shook! There is a lot of drug usage, sex scenes and a ton of other adult content/ themes, that I honestly would not have understood if I had read this at 14. I'm really happy I waited to read this novel because there is a lot that would have just flown over my head, and I wouldn't have loved this novel back then, the way that I do now reading it at this age. I will say this book should have a TRIGGER WARNING for Rape... If you liked the book "Go Ask Alice," then you will love this book. This book does not shy away from talking about what drug usage can lead to, how it can wreck a family, ruin lives, etc. Ellen Hopkins used her daughters real life experience with substance abuse as a warning for her young readers. She really emphasized how addicting drugs can be and described the 'lows,' of drug usage, I assume very accurately and with a lot of detail. The thing I loved most about this book is the way Ellen Hopkins chose to write this novel in short verses. It was an incredibly quick read and took me a total of only 5 hours to read this novel! I feel so accomplished. This is also a series, so I'm curious to read what else happens to Kristina/ Bree. This novel only covers her teenage years and her induction into the substance abuse world. 5 star read for sure.

Jul 27, 2017

It was hard to adjust to the free form, almost poetry style of writing in this book. Sort of cliche as far as the rape, falling in love and getting pregnant goes. But overall, it's a great read.

GCPL_Teen Jun 29, 2017

The path Kristina takes from straight-A student to drug addiction serves as a warning to the reader of the dangers of drug use. Hopkins' works are all fast-paced and riveting. The interpersonal drama is just as compelling as the protagonist's inner struggle.

laurauk Apr 08, 2017

16+ for adult content. Crank is first in the Crank trilogy: Crank, Glass and Fallout, all written in free form verse. In Crank, teen Kristina develops alter ego Bree to cope with her spiraling relationship with crystal meth. A good choice for the reluctant reader and a read alike for Go Ask Alice.

Feb 13, 2017

Amazing author/poet. Looking forward to reading more of her works!

Dec 19, 2016

I can't read this type of free verse

Katelyn Geiger
Nov 14, 2016

Haven't read yet... I really want to I love all of her works she really is a powerful writer... Can't wait to read.

Aug 08, 2016

First Ellen Hopkins book I read...and I loved it.

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Coarse Language: Swearing is used often

Sexual Content: Mild sexual content.

Jan 08, 2013

Sexual Content: Some short brief sexual scenes

Twoey Gray
Jul 30, 2008

Sexual Content: There are some descriptive sexual scenes.

Twoey Gray
Jul 30, 2008

Coarse Language: Swear words are used on a frequent basis.


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Now it’s crank.
Meth. The monster. It’s a bitch
on the body, but damn do you fly.

Have you ever once in your life reached out to touch infinity?

Jul 01, 2013

If you acquaint your self with your self, you don't always like the person you find inside.

Jun 03, 2013

I mean, there I was, snorting crank with my dad, my boyfriend, and his other girlfriend. Something majorly wrong with that picture.


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Kristina never expected to meet the monster when she was visiting her father. But her vacation in Albuquerque changed her life forever. Her love affair with Adam, her view on life, and most of all, her addiction to smoking, meth (crank), and the monster, transformed Kristina from a perfect good girl to Bree, a more daring side of Kristina brought out by the drugs. When Kristina goes back to Reno, she has to learn how to deal with her new side, Bree, and with the downfall of Kristina with the monster, Bree is the new girl on the block, ready to push Kristina through unimaginable circumstances.

May 30, 2010

17 year old Kristina is a great student and daughter. Her only problem is that she hasn't seen her father since she was 8. So when she flies away to spend time with him, she meets 'the monster' Crank. She finds herself doing it for all the wrong resons. By the time she's ready to go home her alter-ego Bree (the side of her that keeps her continuing to do drugs) has taken over and won't let her quit. But she's panicking, because she doesn't know where to get what she needs to feed her addiction. So she has to go over a month without Crank. But when the opportunities present themselves, Bree goes wild and pushes Kristina out, risking life and dignity. But when her actions get her pregnant Bree dissapears and Kristina is forced to do whats right. But what means more to her? Her addiction, or her unborn child?

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