Not A Typical Monster
“Here I am trying to live, or rather, I am trying to teach the death within me how to live.” Jean Cocteau. Addiction: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming. Addiction is as easily attainable as the simple act of looking up its definition. Drug addicts are commonly directly tied to those of bad families, poor education, and carelessness. While those things are found in many addicts, the power of drugs suck in an ample diversity of people who all share one thing in common; the desire to escape who they are and get lost in a short lived pleasure. Its takes a very empty person to fall into the security of a drug addiction and a very strong person to find their way out of one. The book Crank, by Ellen Hopkins, is a story about a monster. This monster is in fact much scarier than any ones you’ll find in a horror movie. The book starts out with Kristina, a good girl from a quiet suburban home, whose life changes the summer before her senior year when she decides to visit her life long absent father. There, she takes on her alter ego, Bree, a wild, bold, partying girl, someone completely different from Kristina. After Bree finds herself in a summer romance, she also finds herself wrapped up in crystal meth, also known as crank, or in Kristina’s terms, the monster. When it is time to go back home, Kristina packs up her bag along with Bree, an addiction to meth, and a completely new mind set. For the remainder of her summer she continues with her downward spiral of addiction and everything that comes with it. According to my research, Methamphetamine or meth for short, the main drug Kristina battles with, is an intensely powerful stimulant that dramatically affects the central nervous system. The drug is made easily in laboratories with inexpensive over the counter ingredients. More than 12 million Americans have tried methamphetamine and 1.5 million are regular users....
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