Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina -- she\'s fearless.
Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul -- her life.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Seventeen-year-old Kristina Snow is introduced to crank on a trip to visit her wayward father. Caught up in a fast-paced, frightening, and unfamiliar world, she morphs into \"Bree\" after she \"shakes hands with the monster.\" Her fearless, risk-taking alter ego grows stronger, \"convincing me to be someone I never dreamed I\'d want to be.\" When Kristina goes home, things don\'t return to normal. Although she tries to reconnect with her mother and her former life as a good student, her drug use soon takes over, leaving her \"starving for speed\" and for boys who will soon leave her scarred and pregnant. Hopkins writes in free-verse poems that paint painfully sharp images of Kristina/Bree and those around her, detailing how powerful the \"monster\" can be. The poems are masterpieces of word, shape, and pacing, compelling readers on to the next chapter in Kristina\'s spiraling world. This is a topical page-turner and a stunning portrayal of a teen\'s loss of direction and realistically uncertain future.-Sharon Korbeck, Waupaca Area Public Library, WI