Crank Summary & Study Guide

Ellen Hopkins
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Crank by Ellen Hopkins tells the story of a teenage girl who becomes addicted to crank, a form of methamphetamine. The novel follows Kristina's downward spiral as she attempts to feed her addiction and deal with the consequences of the bad decisions that she has made. At one of her lowest points, Kristina learns that she is pregnant by a man who raped her. Although she realizes how much destruction the drugs have brought into her life, Kristina still is unable to break her addiction.

Kristina begins taking drugs during a trip to visit her birth father in Albuquerque. Kristina is already feeling misplaced in her family by her stepfather and younger brother. She is deeply disappointed when she learns that her father is not the prince that she imagined him to be. Instead, he is distant and uninterested in Kristina. It is during this time of emotional distress and upheaval that Kristina meets her first boyfriend, Adam. It is during this time that Kristina gives birth to a new personality whom she will come to call Bree. Kristina describes Bree as the essence of herself. While Kristina is a traditional good girl, Bree throws caution to the wind. Bree flirts with boys, wants to experience the wild side of life, and takes drugs.

Author Ellen Hopkins tells a powerful story about how easy it is to get addicted to drugs and how difficult it is to break away from these drugs. Hopkins shows that even the most unlikely teenagers are susceptible to drug abuse and addiction. This drug addiction can lead to decisions, such as Kristina's decision to date Brendan, which will affect the teens for the rest of their lives. Perhaps as important as the power of Hopkins' story is the way she tells it. Hopkins uses the physical form of her lyrics, as well as the words that she chooses, to help express the story she wants to tell. Stanza spacing, word spacing, word placement, and rhythm of the words all work together to help Hopkins tell her story in a very powerful and memorable way.

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