I told you last week that I'm making my way through a specific list of books being made into movies, but one of the strategic reading teachers at school handed me a book this week and told me I needed to read it. I had seen students read it before but never picked it up myself, but I devoured it in two afternoons.
The book is Crank by Ellen Hopkins. While it doesn't feel right to say that I "liked" this book, I did find it to be a powerful and honest portrayal of the downward spiral of drug addiction. On her website, Ellen Hopkins wrote that this book was loosely based on the the story of her eldest daughter, which makes it even more heart-breaking. The entire time I read the book, I was astounded at how quickly and completely Kristina's entire world was overtaken by the drug.
I would love to get my hands on the rest of this series and find out what happens to Kristina.
Finally, for those that are not familiar, here's the excerpt from Good reads:
In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the "monster," the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or "crank." Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne'er-do-well father. While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree: "there is no perfect daughter, / no gifted high school junior, / no Kristina Georgia Snow. / There is only Bree." Bree will do all the things good girl Kristina won't, including attracting the attention of dangerous boys who can provide her with a steady flow of crank.