Blog Post #4: CRANK

6 Dec

Julie Z, from The F Bomb, writes about Ellen Hopkins and her book entitled: Crank. The book is about “Kristina Snow, a high achieving 17 year old, as she nose dives into a meth addiction, with details on her subsequent rape, unwanted pregnancy and eventual jail time.” That’s a lot to take in and might seem like a disaster all-together. Ellen Hopkins was originally invited to be a guest speaker at a high school in Texas, but when parents heard she’s the author of books like Crank, they became repulsed. Parents didn’t want their children exposed to such content, however true it may be in real life. After protesting by parents, the school decided not to have Ellen Hopkins come in. It is understandable that parents should feel that way but instead of looking towards the negative side, they should view this as an opportunity for their children to learn something new about what is going on with other people. In turn, their children can learn prevention, and maybe even be a part of the helping cause. Sheltering children from such things will only affect them negatively later on when this appears in their life unexpectedly, whether through a friend or peer.

I have personally read the book Crank back in high school. To be honest, I didn’t really understand it that well back then. Meth addiction was personified as a “monster” and the format of the story was told in lines, almost like poetry. Sometimes it would just look like scattered words on a page. But looking back at the book now, the content was presented in a really unique way. One is able to understand the story without being burdened with too much information at once, where one loses interest. If you have time, check out the book. It’s worth a read.

-Diana Situ


One Response to “Blog Post #4: CRANK”

  1. ysamar December 6, 2010 at 8:17 pm #

    I couldn’t agree with you more. The parents who protested against Ellen Hopkins speaking to their children come off as ignorant. Do they seriously believe that their children are not going to encounter a situation where they may be faced with the decision of doing drugs or not? If they don’t come across that situation, they will hear about it or see it in the media. If they do not know the negative affects, what will stop them from not being curious to try it?
    If I were a mother of a teenager I would definitely want Hopkins to speak to my child, because teens need to know what goes on in the real world so they can be mentally and physically prepared.

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