Thursday, September 19, 2013
Book Review: Crank
Book 1 in the Crank series
AUTHOR: Ellen Hopkins
GENRE: Realistic Fiction, Verse
PREMISE: A story about a girl getting hooked on drugs told through verse.
MY REVIEW: I have learned something with this book: verse fiction is not for me. I suspected it wouldn't be, which is why I've avoided verse books. I'm not a poetry fan. I know some stuff about it, I get what it's trying to accomplish. I just am not into it. Verse being a form of poetry...it would be logical to assume I wouldn't get into that either. But I try to give things I'm sure I won't like a chance.
To be fair, this is really just a matter of "it's not for me". Hopkins does nothing wrong from what I can see. I can't tell you how good the verses are because again: it's something I know very little about so I am not a good judge of verse quality. For all I know, these are stupendous. Me, I just felt disconnected from the book and therefore couldn't really get into the story being told.
So...this is mostly a matter of "it's not you, author, it's me." If you are into poetry/verse stuff. By all means, give this a try.
WHO SHOULD READ: fans of verse fiction
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five verses