Remember those days when you're young, crazy, and all you like to do is have fun? "The careless phase". Eventually you have to grow up and experience new things....The real world. Yes I admit the world is a very scary place. Everything's fun and games. Until you meet your first challenge and then its like "oh sh*t" . The wake up call has arrived. In the book Crank By:Ellen Hopkins there is many changes. From a small town Albuquerque a young girl named Kristin, doesn't really have a life. She wasn't truly open to the world but it all becomes a lot different the summer she visits her Father.

Kristina is the real definition of change. From the day she arrives her life slowly falls apart. She learns growing up is hard when all you do is want, but never give. All of the things that happen and the decisions she makes has it falling apart. When Kristina visits her dad and he doesn't give her much attention. So she gets lonely, goes out and meets this guy she met the first day she was there. They start hanging out, she begins to like him and soon after they were dating. Then she finds out he smokes, isn't a virgin and is addicted to drugs but she "doesn't care" because she's hypnotized by lust and all she wants is him. He ends up talking her into doing drugs and she does. While shes high he takes advantage of her. From then on the good, quiet Kristina she used to be is long gone!

I have learned "Think before you do". Learn from your lessons and change the way you do things. It's the biggest and smartest thing I think I have truly learned so far in life. The simplest thing that you don't think will effect you, will eventually hurt you along the way. I do believe in Karma. Something will come back and get you. For Kristina her just wanting, not being her age and making stupid decisions, got her addicted to Crank. She thought everything was all fun and games. She was stuck in the "everything fine and okay" stage in life. She got to experience what happens if you don't think or what could happen to you. Things didn't end well for her, but this could be a lesson for everyone else out there. Don't just do things because its fun and cool. Think of the "what if's" and see where it leads. It could end well or you could be hurting yourself. Have you ever made a decision right when you get asked or invited somewhere? Did it end good or bad? Either way you should always think before you do. It will help you along the way

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Comment by Sam Yim on May 29, 2013 at 4:17pm

I actually read Crank pretty recently too. I thought it was a great book. The reader gets to see Kristina's life fall apart, and the weird thing was that it didn't feel like a story. It was like watching someone I knew make these decisions and live the consequences. It really made "thinking ahead" in life a lot easier.

Comment by Amanda Hepler on May 30, 2013 at 11:21am

Your title was such an attention grabber! I'm really into the Simone Elkeles books, but just from your book review, I'll definatly check this book out this summer!

Comment by Rebecca Beale on May 30, 2013 at 4:00pm

I've heard of this book before and it never really got my attention, but I think I'm going to have to read it after reading your blog! You did a great job making it sound like an intriguing read. Making smart decisions is a really important life lesson which everyone learns in their own way. Great post!

Comment by Sresht Iyer on May 30, 2013 at 5:16pm

I've heard of the book Crank but have never read it myself. The way you have described it makes me definitely want to read it. I know that it is about a drug addiction but I never realized that theme behind it, great blog!

Comment by Joey Uhrich on May 30, 2013 at 7:04pm

When I hear the title Crank, I do not picture a book like this. It seems very interesting and I'm sure that it teaches many very important lessons. I will definitely try to read this book. Great blog!

Comment by Emily LaVigne on May 30, 2013 at 7:42pm

Crank is such a good book! We always here about addiction and drugs but we never get the perspective of an addict. You are right, her situation has a theme of change. Unfortunately it is mostly for the bad. Good post!

Comment by Ben Jeon on May 30, 2013 at 9:44pm

I have always heard about these Ellen Hopkins books, and that they are really good. I think I might pick this book, Crank next. Nice Job!

Comment by Kayla H on May 30, 2013 at 10:19pm
I have heard so many great things about this book and have been want to read it. This book is a great example of how important it is to make good decisions. Great post!
Comment by Carly Roberts on May 30, 2013 at 10:53pm

For some reason I have been hesitant to give this book a try but I have no reason to be because I have not heard a single bad review about it! While I agree that "think before you do" is an important message we are all human and are going to have slip ups but the learning and changing after is key!

Comment by Hope Schroeder on May 31, 2013 at 10:20am

ive heard about this book before ut have never picked it up! I think it hsa point to make and a statment to be remembered!


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