While the story told in Crank and the other two books in the series, Glass and Fallout, is a very dark and serious one, the books are still very good. They show more realistically the descent into drug use than any other book I have ever read on the topic, even Go Ask Alice. They show what terrible things drugs can do to you and, in the end, offer hope.
This is actually probably my favorite book. It was my first novel written in verse, and I really like the way that the words flow. Since I picked up a copy of Crank at a Barnes and Noble, I have read the rest of Ellen Hopkins books and they are all absolutely fantastic. When Fallout, the final book in the Crank trilogy, was getting ready to be published, I could not wait for September 14 to come, and I read the book in a few days time. I would highly reccomend the Crank series to any reader, even if you do not like poetry. You will love it, I am sure. Pick up a copy at the bookstore, borrow it from a friend, or even buy it. It is one-hundred percent worth every penny.