|Crank began as a personal exploration of the
"why's" behind my daughter's decisions, and
what part I might have played in them.
By writing the story from "my daughter's"
perspective, I learned a lot, both about her,
and about myself. But I also learned a lot
about the nature of addiction, and the
physiology of this particular substance.
For those struggling with similar addictions,
there is help, but the road to recovery is not
easy. The addict has to want to get well.
Rehabilitation cannot be forced.
For those who love someone struggling with
addiction, learn as much as you can about
how a substance works on the brain. This
will help divorce you from the overwhelming
Flirtin’ with the Monster
Life was good
for a little while.
Just Before The Drop
You know how you
stand and stand and stand
in line for the most
gigantic incredible roller
you’ve ever dared attempt.
minute by minute by minute,
you choose to wait even
longer, to ride in the front
and finally it’s your turn.
They buckle you in, lock the
safety bar with a jolting clunk!
Hook engaged, the chain jerks
you forward. You start to
Cresting the top, time
moves into overtime
as you wait for that scant
hesitation, just before you
You know how you feel
at that instant? Well, that’s
exactly how it feels when you
shake hands with the
|Review, From School Library Journal
Grade 8 Up–Seventeen-year-old Kristina Snow is introduced to crank on
a trip to visit her wayward father. Caught up in a fast-paced, frightening,
and unfamiliar world, she morphs into "Bree" after she "shakes hands
with the monster." Her fearless, risk-taking alter ego grows stronger,
"convincing me to be someone I never dreamed I'd want to be." When
Kristina goes home, things don't return to normal. Although she tries to
reconnect with her mother and her former life as a good student, her drug
use soon takes over, leaving her "starving for speed" and for boys who
will soon leave her scarred and pregnant. Hopkins writes in free-verse
poems that paint painfully sharp images of Kristina/Bree and those
around her, detailing how powerful the "monster" can be. The poems are
masterpieces of word, shape, and pacing, compelling readers on to the
next chapter in Kristina's spiraling world. This is a topical page-turner and
a stunning portrayal of a teen's loss of direction and realistically uncertain
|Reader letter, from Mick, age 15:
... I'm still trudging through my own journey but
before I go any further I have to thank you for this
book. It has helped my parents realize my struggles,
and has helped me recognize the dangers of
addiction. I cant thank you enough for this powerful
and truly amazing read. I cant tell you how many
times I have read it but I can tell you it amazes me
every time. I'm able to see me in this book not only
because its about addiction but simply because you
are able to capture truth and emotion as if it were
you who experienced the monster. Once again thank
you for this book, it has helped me more than you
will ever know.
|So many readers have asked,
"What happened to Kristina?"
that I decided to answer the
question with another book.
Glass, the sequel to Crank, is
also a NY Times bestseller,
and walks you forward from
where Crank leaves off.
Will there be a third Kristina
book? Yes! I'm currently
writing Fallout, the third and
final Kristina book! Due out in