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Crank What's Up With the Title?

By Ellen Hopkins

What's Up With the Title?

"Crank is more than a drug," Kristina tells us in the final stanzas of her story. "It's a way of life. You can turn your back. But you can never really walk away" (Happy Endings.5). It's appropriate that a book about the damaging effects and dangers of meth should be titled Crank, especially since Kristina's story is about the insidious ways that the drug takes over her life and redefines the way she sees herself. The heavy, one-syllable title both sets the tone for the story and points to Kristina's struggle to get away from the drug's impact on her life.

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