Banned Books Week: Crank

Posted September 26, 2011 by alovelywriterxo in Blog, Uncategorized / 3 Comments

Title: Crank
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Publish Date: October 5th, 2004 ; Simon Pulse
Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina — she’s fearless.
Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul — her life.
Crank is one of my favorite books of all time. When I saw it on the American Library Association (ALA) Top 100 Banned Books 2000-2009, I was very surprised. I shouldn’t be though, considering what the book withholds, but nevertheless I was.

Kristina is someone who is going to have a bright future ahead of her, you can tell just by how well she does in school and her social life. Everything was looking well for her, until one wrong decision and now she is struggling with the ‘monster’. The ‘monster’ is known as crank. Whenever she messes with the ‘monster’, her alternate ego comes out. We get to meet Bree. Bree is the fun one; the one who gets in trouble and does things Kristina would never thinking about doing if she wasn’t on drugs. Bree drives Kristina into one too many wrong turns until there’s no going back for Kristina. In this story, you see how crank, a small little thing, could become bigger than her life itself.

Why It Is Banned:
The reason that this book was banned because it features very inappropriate things. Such as getting high, or in this case, using crank. Crank is often known as crystal meth; a powered substance that is used as an illegal drug. By getting high, you turn into that one person that ends up doing dumb things. Crank doesn’t promote it, but it does amplify the situation by basing the book series around drugs. 

Reason Why I Think It Shouldn’t: 
For one, I love how this book is written. That’s what made me turn to it the first time. I’m a big book cover judger, and this cover isn’t appealing. But, skimming through the pages, I know I had to. It’s told in a poetic format, the wording going side-to-side, up-to-down, diagonal, and more various arrangements. It’s such an unusual read, but still something you want to check out.  I agree that this book isn’t the best book people should read, but it is very truthful. It shows insight about the situation. Some people who approved of the banishing of this book might of not realized how in-depth this book went. Nowadays, people turned to drugs as an alternative, not knowing that it really affects you greatly. By reading this book, at the young age I did, it actually made me more aware. In my opinion, it’s similar to a modern day Go Ask Alice, which is, sadly, another banned book. Crank shows how just one little smoke could have a really bad influence on your life, and the banning of it doesn’t let people read how it can greatly impact your life.


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3 responses to “Banned Books Week: Crank

  1. Really glad that you spotlighted this book. The subject matter is a difficult one but that's never a reason to ban a book. It's the very reason to make the book available.

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