Addiction In YA Literature

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Crank uncovers the provocative truths behind adolescent drug addiction and unplanned teen pregnancy, which are common themes throughout YA literature. Although Kristina is a bright high school student, she throws all her potential away in favor of succumbing to the daily demands of meth, or crank, which she calls “the monster” (Hopkins 1). After initially snorting crank Kristina exclaims, “Your nose ignites, flameless kerosene (and, some say, Drano) laced with ephedrine/ you want to cry/ powdered demons bite through cartilage and sinuses, take dead aim at your brain…” (Hopkins 90). Eventually she declares, “[The monster] launched me to a place, very near the gates of heaven” (Hopkins 94). Not only is Kristina’s initial encounter with meth referenced, …show more content…

After trying ecstasy at a party Kristina affirms, “Ecstasy is hard to describe. It’s like falling softly into a pool of crystal mountain water/ floating on your back circular beneath vibrant sky…It isn’t at all like throwing yourself in front of a runaway train insane” (Hopkins 427). In school, many young adults learn about the harmful effects of drugs, but throughout the novel Kristina undermines all that prior knowledge by telling the reader that doing drugs is a relaxing experience, allowing one to get away from the pressure and stress of everyday life. This positive depiction of drug use scares teachers and parents because they fear it may guide young adults down the wrong path towards habitual drug use (Merchant). Since young adults are easily influenced due to their age, the portrayal of drug use in movies and literature as cool, alluring, and relaxing temps kids to become apart of that world

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