Life was great before I met the monster. After, life was great. At least for a little while. Kristina is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. Then she meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ride turns into a struggle for her mind, her soul--her life.
Crank was my first taste of Ellen Hopkins' free verse, and although the story line was bleak and graphic and horrific, I loved the writing style. The book begins with sweet Kristina being shipped off to her father's for the summer. While there, she not only meets the monster, methamphetamine, but Bree, an alternate personality she didn't know existed. Here is Kristina, innocent and unknowing; and here is Bree, flirting with drugs and every man she meets. While Kristina/Bree might not have been the most loveable character, I couldn't help but hope throughout the novel that she might be able to escape her addictions. The amazing part was that no matter how dark and unfathomable the story got, it still kept me hooked, even when all hope was lost. The rawness and gritty attitude the narrater had made it seem that much more real, and it was one of the best drug-related book I've read for a while.
5 stars for the impact it left on me. Recommended to those with a strong stomach and fans of drug/sexual abuse stories.