Crank by Ellen Hopkins

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.

It is gripping in a totally different way than an adventure story. I guess the best comparison I can make is driving by a car accident. It is gruesome and horrifying but you can’t look away.

I’m not a big poetry fan but Crank is written in verse which I found particularly very clever and powerful both because of Hopkins’ word choice and the way the poems are formatted. I admire the skill it takes to do such a think and added a whole other dimension to the story.

This book has a sequel to it called Glass that is equally powerful.