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Crank Read-Alikes

  At 15, sick of her increasingly dangerous home life, Janice walked out of her family's apartment and didn't look back. From her first frightening night at a shelter, Janice knew she was in over her head. She was beaten up and nearly stabbed by a pregnant girl. But it was still better than living at home.

After her mother and grandmother die in Hurricane Katrina, fifteen-year-old Laurel moves to a new city with her father and younger brother and begins abusing methamphetamine.

Cassie, who is haunted by serious problems in her recent past, makes a fresh start at a Seattle school but is drawn by dangerous new friends into a world of sex, drugs, and violence, while her parents remain oblivious.


The author details his immersion in a world of hardcore drugs, revealing the mental and physical depths of addiction, and the violent relapse one summer in California that forever changed his life, leading him down the road to recovery.


After running away from their troubled homes, two  teenagers move in with a group of squatters in the port city of Bristol and try to find ways to support their growing addiction to heroin.

Sixteen-year-old Marley Diego-Dylan's career as "DJ Ice" is skyrocketing, but his mother's heroin addiction keeps dragging him back to earth.


A fifteen-year-old drug user chronicles her daily struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.


While she is in a rehabilitation facility for drug and alcohol abuse, seventeen-year-old Maddie meets Stewart, who is also in treatment, and they begin a relationship, which they try to maintain after they both get out.


A high school boy comes to terms with his drug addiction, life with an alcoholic father, and a younger brother who looks up to him.

Gordie Jessup tries to hold his family together as his brother Chase falls deeper into crystal methamphetamine addiction.


Eighteen-year-old Zach does not remember how he came to be in a treatment center for alcoholics, but through therapy and caring friends, his amnesia fades and he learns to face his past while working toward a better future.

Traces the author's journey from a promising high-school basketball star to a recovering drug addict, describing his struggles with addiction throughout his college and NBA years, his overdose, and his work as a mentor for young athletes.

Accompanied by her brother's friend, Tyler, sixteen-year-old Rachel ventures through San Diego and nearby areas seeking her brother, eighteen-year-old Micah, a methamphetamine addict who ran away from home.