Thursday, January 12, 2012
The Book Addict Reviews: Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Genre: Young Adult, Poetry, Family Life, Social Issues
Order Online: Amazon.com
Author Info: Website | Goodreads
Rating: 4 stars
Borrowed from the library.
In A Nutshell:
Every time I start one of Ellen Hopkins' novels I know I am in for quite a ride. Crank was no exception. Because the topic is so heavy, it is hard to say I loved it--but I am glad I read it and cannot wait to read more!
Ellen Hopkins' novels are always hard for me to read and review. Her style is so different from any other author I have read. Her poetry allows her to get to the heart of the matter, to get inside the head and heart of her characters without having to be concerned about grammar and sentence structure. It feels very raw, very emotional, and very real.
But her stories are not light-hearted or easy to read. She addresses issues such as addiction and rape head on. While I appreciate her honest and open handling of these issues, it is not always easy to read.
I think what scared me the most when I read most when I read Crank was how quickly and how completely the monster took over Kristina/Bree's life. We get glimpses of her life before--and it seemed fairly normal. But suddenly she met the monster and it ended up taking over her life. As a parent, I find myself asking what could I do to stop this situation from happening to my daughter?
We get mentions that Kristina was struggling with Bree before she ever went to her dad's house, but that is one thing that we did not learn more about as Kristina/Bree fell deeper and deeper into the grasp of the monster. I am hoping that in the next installment we can learn more about that struggle--how did it start and does she eventually conquer it?
I already have the next book on reserve at the library!
This book allows me to see what other authors thoughts were on both Crank and Glass. I cannot wait to be able to read it!