Monday, October 3, 2016

Book Review: Crank (Crank, Book 1), by Ellen Hopkins

Crank (Crank, book 1)
By: Ellen Hopkins
ISBN-10: 1416995137
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Kristina spends a few weeks with her biological father and becomes addicted to methamphetamine, also known as crank, and soon she realizes that the drug has taken control over her whole life.

Crank is a gritty and disturbing young adult book written in free verse that realistically portrays the path of drugs as a warning. It contains:

• Snorting, smoking, and injecting drugs
• Kristina does crank with her father
• Buying and selling drugs
• Drug gangs
• Smoking cigarettes
• Profanity (F-word and crude sexual slang)
• Kissing
• Same-sex kissing for attention
• References to oral sex
• A couple of sex scenes
• A teenager gets pregnant
• Cutting and drinking one’s own blood
• A rape scene (explicit)
• References to crimes
• Lying

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