Cristobal Manzano Manzano itibaren Balipasi, Odisha 759100, Hindistan
3.5 stars - I have to say that I was influenced by both the cover and the inside flap of this book more than expected - I loved both and wanted to love the book. The character of Little Bee was exceptionally written but somehow the whole thing just didn't work for me completely.
Kristina is good, straight-A student until she goes to stay with her father, who she hasn't seen for a number of years. There, Kristina disappears with her alter-ego, Bree, taking her place. Bree's confident and out-going, doesn't think twice about talking to boys she doesn't know. It's one of these boys, Adam, who introduces her to the drug, crank. It's Bree who returns home, although she tries to hide it from her mother and step-father. Before long Bree's running around with a couple of different boys, using crank on a regular basis and getting in all kinds of trouble. Crank isn't an easy book to read, it doesn't hold back on any aspect of Bree's drug use. Written in verse, it delves deep into her emotions and it draws you right in. Bree might not be a loveable character but she's definitely an interesting one. Certainly not a book for younger kids but one that older teens are likely to relate to and it's definitely not going to have them wanting to run off and 'meet the monster' for themselves.