Crank is by Ellen Hopkins. Kristina seems to be the perfect daughter; she's a good student, quiet, never gets into trouble. Then she goes to visit her father and discovers an alter ego (Bree), a boyfriend, and "the monster" - crystal meth. She allows Bree to take over her life and even after she returns home she can't let go of the "monster". This novel, written in free verse poetry, follows a life spiraling out of control. This book is reminiscent of Go Ask Alice, only brought into the new millennium. A terrifying look at a problem facing modern teens.
Ratings: 9th grade - 9 out of 10 - P (profanity) - AC (mature thematic content) - V (violence) - S (some non-graphic sexual content).