In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the “monster,”. Crank is a novel by Ellen Hopkins published in It is based loosely on the real life addictions of her daughter to crystal meth. The book is required reading. Glass is the second novel in the verse novel series Crank by Ellen Hopkins, published in hardcover in August and in softcover on April 7, The third.

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Crank is a novel by Ellen Hopkins published in It is based loosely on the real life addictions of her daughter to crystal meth. Crank takes place the summer before and during the protagonist Kristina’s junior year of high school.

She is a straight-A honor roll student and decides to visit her father for three weeks. Her father is rarely home, leaving her a lot of time alone. Kristina meets a boy named Adam in Albuquerque, hopkun she is staying with her father. Adam convinces Kristina to try crank methamphetamineor “the monster”, but Kristina runs away the first time she tries it. An antagonist, Lince, Adam’s girlfriend, sees him comforting Kristina and seriex off of a balcony in a suicide attempt.

Kristina starts a relationship with Adam, but feels guilty about Lince. When the three weeks are over, Kristina goes back to Reno, Nevada, [6] where her mother’s house is. Kristina is now addicted to crank.

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In Reno, Kristina, now calling herself Bree, meets the characters Brendan and Chase at a water-park, and they exchange numbers. They both promise her crank. Chase and Kristina begin to get closer to one another, and they begin dating, though not exclusively. Kristina goes to see the antagonist Brendan, asking for more crank. Brendan drives them both out into the woods, where they get high together, and he starts to take off her clothes.

When she says no, he becomes violent, claiming that he has “waited weeks”, so she should “put up and shut up”. Afterwards, Brendan takes her home and makes her pay for the drugs. At home Kristina, still high and shaken up from the rape, writes a letter to Adam telling him she was raped. Soon though she abandons her letter and calls Chase to come over while her parents are out. Chase comes over and she tells him about Brendan before trying to persuade him to have sex with her.


Chase says no, wanting to wait until she had healed from her rape. However, she does end up having sex with him later in the novel. Kristina gets caught hitchhiking by a cop and goes to Juvenile hallwhere she gets a direct connection to a meth lab in Mexico through an inmate.

Once she is released from Juvenile hall, Kristina uses her mom’s Visa card to pay for the illegal narcotic, and she takes her new supply to her druggie friends on “The Avenue”. At this part of the novel, Kristina has become a drug dealer, which she describes as making her instantly more “popular”.

Kristina now has a very large amount of crank on her hands, so she is getting high even more often. This leads to her becoming more irritable, causing her relationship with her mom to become even more strained.

Kristina is also not showing up to classes, because she is spending all of her time getting high and dealing drugs on “The Avenue”. The story continues with Kristina discovering she is pregnantsoon after Brendan had raped her. Kristina spends the following days going through the symptoms of drug withdrawal.

During this time in the novel, she believes that Chase is the father, having had sex with Chase a couple of weeks after being raped. After going to Planned Parenthoodshe realizes Brendan is actually the father. At this point in the novel, Kristina begins to struggle with deciding if she should go through with the pregnancy because she “Feared the uncertainty of choosing parenthood” and “Doubted [she] could give [her] baby away”.

The novel continues with Kristina giving birth to a baby boy, Hunter, who is described as ‘healthy’. The narrative ends with Kristina implying that she is still using drugs, but is trying to stop. Adam is a boy from Albuquerque.

He is Kristina’s first love interest and introduces Kristina to meth. Marie is Kristina’s mother. She is described by Kristina as rigid and clean-cut, and does not share a good relationship with her daughter. Scott is Kristina’s stepdad who feels very responsible for Kristina.

He is described as “tall, lean, and great looking for 40”. Chase is a football serkes and one of Kristina’s love interests. He is intelligent, talented, and kind. Trent is Kristina’s childhood friend and Robyn’s younger brother. He is openly gay and has been bullied because of his sexual orientation.


Sarah is Kristina’s childhood friend. She is Irish, smart, talkative, and has red hair and freckles. Crank was inspired by the life of Ellen Hopkins’s daughter, Cristal, who was addicted to meth. In an email from the author, Ellen Hopkins said her daughter had been clean for four years, as ofbut has also spent 18 months in prison. The uopkin Crank is written in a form of free verse.

Her poetry has been called “interior”. Addiction, the consequences of one’s choices, and coming of age have all been noted as major themes in the novel.

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Reviewers explained that Crank “gives a look into CrankEllen Hopkins’s first novel, received mostly positive reviews. Publishers Weekly praised Hopkins, saying, “The author is definitely on a mission, she creates a world nearly as consuming and disturbing as the titular drug.

Although Crank has been received with praise, it has also hppkin a significant amount of controversy.

For example, Hopkins was “Banned from speaking at an Oklahoma middle school because of the appropriateness of her subject matter. Judge John Tatro said, “Ellen elpen allowed her readers to see and understand the absolute horrors of methamphetamine from a user’s perspective — not just from an adult lecturing in a classroom.

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