Published by Simon Pulse
Date Published: October 5, 2004
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.
Crank. What a book. See, I'm not really sure how to start this review. I don't want to compare it to other books I've read because honestly, it's unlike any other book I've read. I've never been a huge reader of contemporary otherwise known as MTV's True Life but Crank was different. Since it's release in 2004, I've seen it on the shelf of my local bookstore. I've picked it up. Read the back. Even flipped through it. But do you want want to know what held me back from reading this book? And it may sound dumb but it was the fact that is as written in verse. It was just so different from my "typical" read which is why I'm glad I finally read it! It was so far out of my typical that I found it intriguing - drawing me into someone's life that otherwise I would never experience. I experienced pain, addiction, heartache, and more.
Seeing the pain that Kristina/Bree went through, it truly shows how much of a monster drugs can be (are). Crank made me glad I grew up in the surroundings I did where my home wasn't broken and I wasn't given the chance to try drugs. But I was pained by the fact that this goes on every day. Women are sexually abused, raped, addicted to drugs, etc while I enjoy my life without these issues! Ellen did such an amazing job of telling Kristina's story that I honestly could not stop reading for the life of me! Once I started it I stayed up to ungodly hours reading it in one sitting, which I very rarely do. I cannot express to you the power that this book has. If you have gone through any of the above mention, I promise you that this book will help you learn to speak up when you have been otherwise been silent. Ellen truly understands the pain and this story can help anyone whether it's helping get through the tragedy of sexual abuse or gaining courage to break an addiction.