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Glass [Paperback]

Ellen Hopkins
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April 7 2009
"Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it’s all the same: a monster. And once it’s got hold of you, this monster will never let you go."

A sequel to Crank, this harrowing and disturbing look at addiction finds protagonist Kristina Snow thinking she can use drugs yet control the consequences. Now with a baby to care for, she’s determined to be the one deciding when and how much, the one calling the shots. But the monster is too strong and, before she knows it, Kristina is back in its grips. She needs the monster to keep going, to face the pressures of day-to-day life. She will do anything for it, including giving up the only thing that makes her truly happy.
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Grade 9 Up—Kristina Snow was a 17-year-old with high grades and a loving family. In Crank (S & S, 2004), one summer in California with a meth-addicted boyfriend destroys her life. Addicted, she's raped, and goes back home to Reno pregnant. Glass picks up a year later. She lives with her mother and works at a 7–11. Depressed about her post-baby figure, she goes back on speed to lose weight. Her mother kicks her out and gains custody of the baby. She continues to spiral to the last page, which sets readers up for a third novel. Glass is even more terrifying than Crank in its utter hopelessness; meth's power is permanent and Kristina is an addict whether she uses or not. Though her recount of events in the first book is dry and self-indulgent, the pace snowballs as soon as she takes her first toke of rock meth, and one desperate, horrifying measure or decision follows another. Like Crank, this title is written in verse, but certainly not poetry. Hopkins's writing is smooth and incisive, but her fondness for seemingly random forms is distracting and adds little to the power of the narrative. Minor characters are flat, and Kristina's overblown self-pity elicits little empathy. The author tries but fails to present meth itself as a character; her descriptions of "the monster" are precious and overwritten. Kristina's story is terrible, and even when she's high, the narrative voice and mood are sobering. Teens, including reluctant readers, may appreciate the spare style and realism of Kristina's unhappy second chapter.—Johanna Lewis, New York Public Library
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book. great author Sept. 20 2013
By omalley
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
i love this book and the entire series. great price. ellen hopkins is an amazing writer and it was affordable for me to purchase all her books at once in harcover form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it.. Nov. 26 2008
Format:Hardcover
The sequel to "Crank" begins after "Bree" has her son Hunter and is living at home trying to be a good mother/daughter. She quickly gets caught up in using again and her life takes a downward spiral from there.
I enjoyed this book and was never bored although I did find myself shaking my head from time to time thinking "how can you do that to your son"?? It was difficult, however, to really dislike the main character as she is such a "normal" person she could easily by my sister, cousin, next door neighbor.
After reading Crank and Glass I purchased another two books by this author. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Aug. 27 2007
Format:Hardcover
Ellen Hopkins has once again taken readers into the world of meth and the chaos it creates. GLASS is the sequel to her first novel about Kristina called CRANK.

Just several months after giving birth to her son, Hunter, Kristina is drawn back to "the monster." She thinks a little snort could help her lose some weight and get her through the late-night feedings and day-to-day drudgery of constant baby needs. Surprised at how easy it is to score and how much the product has improved, it doesn't take long for Kristina to remember how great the stuff makes her feel.

For awhile the teen mom is able to take care of Hunter, hold down a low paying job, and keep herself cranked just enough to pretend her life isn't all that bad. Despite what Kristina may think, her mother and stepfather, Scott, are not really fooled into thinking all is well. They give her just enough space to eventually crash and burn. After falling asleep and putting the baby in danger, Kristina's mother throws her out of the house. She says she'll take care of Hunter, and Kristina should take care of herself.

Like most addicts, Kristina fools herself into believing she can have it all. She manages to keep her job and find a place to live with the cousin of her latest love interest. Once again her life is filled with drugs, sex, and whatever she has to do to survive. At times there is hope of reconnecting with family, but each time Kristina can't cope with their expectations and ends up with less and less of their love and support.

For readers who followed Kristina's painful journey in CRANK, this next book will illustrate the power of meth to completely change and destroy a life and the lives of anyone connected with the addict. Hopkins speaks from personal experience, which creates a powerful, heart-wrenching, and all too real quality to her verse. As they say, it's a life you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Aug. 19 2011
Format:Paperback
Gold Star Award Winner!

Ellen Hopkins has once again taken readers into the world of meth and the chaos it creates. GLASS is the sequel to her first novel about Kristina called CRANK.

Just several months after giving birth to her son, Hunter, Kristina is drawn back to "the monster." She thinks a little snort could help her lose some weight and get her through the late-night feedings and day-to-day drudgery of constant baby needs. Surprised at how easy it is to score and how much the product has improved, it doesn't take long for Kristina to remember how great the stuff makes her feel.

For awhile the teen mom is able to take care of Hunter, hold down a low paying job, and keep herself cranked just enough to pretend her life isn't all that bad. Despite what Kristina may think, her mother and stepfather, Scott, are not really fooled into thinking all is well. They give her just enough space to eventually crash and burn. After falling asleep and putting the baby in danger, Kristina's mother throws her out of the house. She says she'll take care of Hunter, and Kristina should take care of herself.

Like most addicts, Kristina fools herself into believing she can have it all. She manages to keep her job and find a place to live with the cousin of her latest love interest. Once again her life is filled with drugs, sex, and whatever she has to do to survive. At times there is hope of reconnecting with family, but each time Kristina can't cope with their expectations and ends up with less and less of their love and support.

For readers who followed Kristina's painful journey in CRANK, this next book will illustrate the power of meth to completely change and destroy a life and the lives of anyone connected with the addict.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Aug. 22 2007
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Ellen Hopkins has once again taken readers into the world of meth and the chaos it creates. GLASS is the sequel to her first novel about Kristina called Crank.

Just several months after giving birth to her son, Hunter, Kristina is drawn back to "the monster." She thinks a little snort could help her lose some weight and get her through the late-night feedings and day-to-day drudgery of constant baby needs. Surprised at how easy it is to score and how much the product has improved, it doesn't take long for Kristina to remember how great the stuff makes her feel.

For awhile the teen mom is able to take care of Hunter, hold down a low paying job, and keep herself cranked just enough to pretend her life isn't all that bad. Despite what Kristina may think, her mother and stepfather, Scott, are not really fooled into thinking all is well. They give her just enough space to eventually crash and burn. After falling asleep and putting the baby in danger, Kristina's mother throws her out of the house. She says she'll take care of Hunter, and Kristina should take care of herself.

Like most addicts, Kristina fools herself into believing she can have it all. She manages to keep her job and find a place to live with the cousin of her latest love interest. Once again her life is filled with drugs, sex, and whatever she has to do to survive. At times there is hope of reconnecting with family, but each time Kristina can't cope with their expectations and ends up with less and less of their love and support.

For readers who followed Kristina's painful journey in Crank, this next book will illustrate the power of meth to completely change and destroy a life and the lives of anyone connected with the addict. Hopkins speaks from personal experience, which creates a powerful, heart-wrenching, and all too real quality to her verse. As they say, it's a life you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Trip Back to the Monster's Lair Aug. 1 2012
By Conner Hobson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The sequel to Crank, a novel about a girl's meth addiction, is just as lightning-fast and riveting as the original. Many may at first be put off by the strange writing style (the book, along with the rest of Hopkin's titles, is written entirely in free verse) but I found that it was incredibly well-written. Not only was the poetry able to effectively capture rational thought, the streams of consciousness and ecstatic feelings of the protagonists highs, and the depressive emotions of her crashes or when she was deprived of her addiction, but the words were written in different patterns that pertained to each situation and made everything more interesting. The book looks lengthy, but I couldn't put down the book from the second I picked it up, and read all 688 pages in one sitting.
It goes without saying that the plot is mature, but it's not unheard of, especially since it's based on the experiences of the author's own daughter. This makes it even more genuine.
This isn't a cutesy, humorous, or inspirational book with a happy ending. Although the free verse makes it seem less heavy and makes the story go by a little breezier, it's still a mature story for older teens, and although it's fairly clean as far as profanity goes, it contains heavy drug use. However, it could be good for people to read this, because it shows exactly what drugs can do to you, as harmless as they may seem on the outside.
This book won't try to convince you not to do drugs, it won't try to ingrain the dangers of them in your brain, it certainly won't lecture you, it simply lets you go along with Kristina and experience her emotions for yourself, so that readers can choose to make better decisions than her. It's an edgy and surprising book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a Good as Crank June 5 2012
By inkangel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the second book in the Crank series. I did not like it as well as Crank, but I thought that it was ok, especially for a squeal. I love the way it was written and how the main character got drawn deeper into her addiction. The first few pages of the book reminded us what had happened in the last book, sort of like the "previously on..." part of a TV show. I really appreciated this since it had been a while since I read Crank. One of the more repetitive questions Kristina asks herself throughout the book that I found to be very important was how she felt about her son. I will read the next book in the series just to see how everything turns out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love!! Aug. 28 2011
By jdavis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Ellen Hopkins is pure genius. This series is thirlling, and keeps you guessing. I couldn't out the book down, taking me only one day to read. I was sad when I finished it!
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really so great Sept. 24 2007
By T. D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It is clear that Ms. Hopkins has found an audience who loves and admires her story telling. With no slight to them, this just isn't all that good a book. It isn't up to par with "Burned" or "Impulse" and on its own, "Glass" is a pain. I slogged through it because it will be so popular with students at the high school where I teach that I needed to be familiar with it. I'm not certain it is anything more than a 680 page "Crank" re-tread. It takes us along with Kristina as she descends into hell, a journey that yields no revelations, no insights, just banal depravity. I do hope that fans of Hopkins will seek out other books that offer richer feasts.
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