Saturday, September 15, 2012

Audiobook Review: Crank by Ellen Hopkins

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  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Read by: Laura Flanagan
  • Source: Borrowed digital audiobook from library
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Overview

Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, she meets a boy who introduces her to crank. At first she finds it freeing, but soon Kristina's personality disappears inside the drug. What began as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul, and her life.

My Thoughts 

I have to admit that I am a bit put off by books written in verse, but this book had so many awesome reviews that I needed to see what it was all about. I never was much into poetry, so for a book to be written in the form of poems is quite intimidating to me. Fortunately listening to it in audiobook form makes it all blend well. Great for someone like me, but if you actually want to know where each poem begins and ends, it's best to read the actual book. The reader was fantastic and she really put the feeling into Kristina's character. This was a very intense book to listen to, but even as much as some of the things happening frustrated me, I couldn't stop. 

Kristina starts off as a good girl and things go so bad, so quickly for her. I can't say that I relate to her because I never went down any of the paths she went down, but I can definitely say that I totally felt for her at times. Bree is her alter ego, the one who isn't the perfect good girl, the one who wants to flirt with boys...and even drugs. I feel bad for her because she doesn't know how effed up her life will become just from trying to escape for a little while. She takes a totally wrong path in life and she is now lost in the struggle of coming out of it. Except she doesn't really want to. She knows that she should, but The Monster (meth) calls to her. It calls to Bree. Bree is stronger than Kristina and Kristina is getting lost. Either way, Kristina/Bree falls in love a little too easily, is quick to do things that she shouldn't, and doesn't want to try hard enough to be helped before it's too late. 

This book seriously broke my heart. It was very hard to listen to at times. I wanted to scream at Kristina and ask what the eff was wrong with her. How could she not see what she was doing? How she was falling apart? Why when she gets to her fathers and sees how much of a scumbag loser he is, why didn't she immediately call her mom to go home? What kind of father does meth with their kid? How can she think she is in love with this drug addict boy after like a week? Those are just some of the things. Once she is back home, it's surprising how easy it is for her to find the drugs she wants needs. It's so sad how each situation seems to go from bad to worse for her. I can't even describe how much I wanted to just jump into the book and give her a hug and smack her at the same time. Tell her that it's not worth it. 

This book is so raw and real. It's heartbreaking and eye opening. After reading this book I don't know any person who would want to get into this stuff and destroy their life like that. It is scary how quickly The Monster takes over. What Kristina will do to get it, what she risks, what she goes through, all of it. This book is not for the faint of heart. It is very intense. I can't say that I liked Kristina because honestly, she wasn't very likable, but I wanted to fix her so badly. I was so invested in the story because it was so sad that this seemingly wonderful girl is falling apart and destroying herself. I wanted to hate her parents for not being able to help her, but also knew that it's not their fault and that you can't help someone who doesn't want it. I think that mostly this book broke my heart because I read that this book is based on the authors own daughter. This book had to have been incredibly hard for her to write. I was just thinking how hard it would be to watch anyone, especially your own child go through that, totally helpless to do anything for them. I highly recommend this book!! 5 out of 5 stars.

17 comments:

  1. I love your review! I felt the same way while reading it. It's so hard to watch Kristina travel down this path, but it's such an amazing book.

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    1. Definitely. It was hard to put it into words. It's hard to really say all the feelings that this book made me feel. And then you don't want to say you enjoy it, because really there is nothing enjoyable about someone destroying themselves, but it is amazing!

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  2. I'm not a verse person either and that's probably why I've avoided this one. I don't know. So glad you liked it.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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    1. You should totally listen to the audio of it. It's really great!

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  3. Thanks much for listening, and thanks for the great review. And, Valerie, how do you know you won't like a verse novel if you totally avoid them? Try. (Please?)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by to read the review. *runs around flailing* What an emotional book. I have also listened to Glass. I am going to actually read Fallout. :)

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  4. Ugh I am all about raw books that make you feel uncomfortable. I had a guest review on my blog of this one a few weeks back and after reading that and this review I know that I need to take a chance and read this one. I'm not one for poetry either, so I was staying away.

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    1. I definitely think that listening to the audio made a big difference. Since it's being read to you, you don't really see it as poems. I wonder if reading it will feel the same. I read a little bit of Fallout at the bookstore and I felt like I could get lost in it and not see it as poems with the way it all flowed together.

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  5. Another audiobook? Wow you sure do love these! Haha. I really wish I had the time to listen to books. :(

    Awesome review. I remember these books coming out a few years back. A friend of mine really liked this book along with Burn. It was never something that I could particularly get into though. I'm not a huge fan of verse either.

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    1. Dude!! I get the audiobooks from the library and transfer them to my ipod that way I can listen to them when I am cleaning. (like the way you do with your podcasts) I seriously recommend this!!

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  6. I'm glad that you enjoyed this so much and how awesome that Ellen Hopkins actually stopped by to say hi. I love when that happens!!!

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    1. I know!! I had a bit of a little freak out that she actually commented on my blog!!

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  7. I've heard amazing things about this author but I avoid them because I don't really like sad books. I cry like a baby. They seem to deal with real problems and deep emotions and maybe someday I'll get the courage to read one. I also am not a fan of verse. I have read a few things in verse and a couple short stories were okay but usually longer books are difficult for me to stay into. I love audio books! I never have to stop reading that way!

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    1. This was definitely a very tough book. I loved this audio though. It was very good.

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  8. I had no idea Crank was written in verse. I love books written in verse! I've always meant to try some of Hopkins' books. You've given me that extra little push. Great review!

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    1. You should totally read this one! I paged through some more of Ellen's books at B&N and I definitely think I am going to read more of them. I had never read verse before so I didn't know what to think of it. I still haven't "read" any books in verse yet, but I am picking up Fallout so I hope I enjoy her writing as much reading it to myself.

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  9. This sounds really emotional. I imagine I would cry reading this one. Nice review doll. :)

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