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ISBN13: 9780689865190
ISBN10: 0689865198
Condition: Standard
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Flirtin' with the Monster

Life was good

before I


the monster.



was great.



for a little while.

Text copyright © 2004 by Ellen Hopkins


So you want to know all

about me. Who

I am.

What chance meeting of

brush and canvas painted

the face

you see? What made

me despise the girl

in the mirror

enough to transform her,

turn her into a stranger,

only not.

So you want to hear

the whole story. Why

I swerved

off the high road,

hard left to nowhere,


indifferent to those

coughing my dust,

picked up speed

no limits, no top end,

just a high velocity rush

to madness.

Text copyright © 2004 by Ellen Hopkins


everything changes.

Some might call it distorted reality,

but it's exactly the place I need to be:

no mom,

Marie, ever more distant,

in her midlife quest for fame

no stepfather,

Scott, stern and heavy-handed

with unattainable expectations

no big sister,

Leigh, caught up in a tempest

of uncertain sexuality

no little brother,

Jake, spoiled and shameless

in his thievery of my niche.


there is only the person inside.

I've grown to like her better

than the stuck-up husk of me. She's

not quite silent,

shouts obscenities just because

they roll so well off the tongue

not quite straight-A,

but talented in oh-so-many

enviable ways

not quite sanitary,

farts with gusto, picks

her nose, spits like a guy

not quite sane,

sometimes, to tell you the truth,

even I wonder about her.


there is no perfect daughter,

no gifted high-school junior,

no Kristina Georgia Snow.

There is only Bree.

Text copyright © 2004 by Ellen Hopkins

On Bree

I suppose

she's always been

there, vague as a soft

copper pulse of moonlight

through blossoming seacoast


I wonder

when I first noticed

her, slipping in and out

of my pores, hide-and-seek

spider in fieldstone, red-bellied


I summon

Bree when dreams

no longer satisfy, when

gentle clouds of monotony

smother thunder, when Kristina


I remember

the night I first

let her go, opened the

smeared glass, one thin pane,

cellophane between rules and sin,


Text copyright © 2004 by Ellen Hopkins

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dancegurl228, March 20, 2013 (view all comments by dancegurl228)
Crank by Ellen Hopkins is a wonderful novel. It is beautiful, sad and poetic. It captures you in and ties you in, I read this book in one day it was so good. I highly recommend this book for anyone. it is filled with suspence, romance and a touch of mystery. Beautifully, written, a true work of art. Absolutly LOVE it!
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this book is probally one of the best books ive read in a while, is keeps u interested through out the whole book. I would recomend someone reading this
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Miss_Misfit, March 1, 2012 (view all comments by Miss_Misfit)
A story meant for older teens who may our may have not seen the darker side of life. The struggle with drugs, alcohol, sex, and torment. Some teens know how it feels. This book will set you on edge and make you think twice. Something are behind a mask. Or hiding behind a monster.
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Product Details

Hopkins, Ellen
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Ellen Hopk
Woodson, Jacqueline
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Social Situations - Dating & Sex
Family - Parents
Social Situations - Drugs, Alcohol, & Substance Abuse
Family problems
Social Issues - Dating & Sex
Social Issues - Drugs, Alcohol, & Substance Abuse
Teenage girls
Drug abuse
Children s-General
Situations / Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Publication Date:
October 2004
Grade Level:
from 7
f/c cvr
7 x 5 in 12.705 oz
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 544 pages Simon Pulse - English 9780689865190 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Nonfiction author Hopkins pens her first novel, written in verse, introducing 15-year-old narrator Kristina, who reveals how she became addicted to crank, and how the stimulant turned her from straight-A student to drug dealer, and eventually a teen mom. On a court-ordered visit to see her slimy and long-absent dad, she meets — and is instantly attracted to — Adam, who sports a 'tawny six pack,/ and a smile.' Soon, Adam introduces her to 'the monster' (there, she also unleashes a new personality, id-driven Bree). Her addiction grows, as does Bree's control. Readers get a vivid sense of the highs and lows involved with using crank ('I needed food, sleep,/ but the monster denied/ every bit of it'). Her life changes quickly: Soon she's dating two guys, both of whom use crank; says 'Fuck you' to her mom, can't keep up with school, and loses her old friends. There are plenty of dramatic moments: The first time she does crank, for example, her dad joins her. That same night, she stumbles into a bad area and is almost raped, and Adam's girlfriend tries to kill herself. Later in the book, she does get raped and starts selling the drug for the Mexican Mafia. Readers will appreciate the creative use of form here (some poems, for instance, are written in two columns that can be read separately or together), and although the author is definitely on a mission, she creates a world nearly as consuming and disturbing as the titular drug. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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