Thursday, September 19, 2013

Book Review: Crank

TITLE: 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 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


  1. Yeah I had hoped I would like verse as I'd heard so many great things about Ellen Hopkins' books, but it is not for me either :-/

  2. Yeah, poetry is just one of those things I can't get into. I've tried. Really, I have. I understand what poetry does, why it's important, who you should read (mostly thanks to my Grandmother who taught poetry to college students) but it's just one of those things that doesn't click with me for some reason.