Saturday, September 21, 2013

Review: Glass by Ellen Hopkins

Glass by Ellen Hopkins
Glass (Crank, #2)
Series: Crank#2
Release Date
: August 21st 2007
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Format: Paperback
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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.

Kristina thinks she can control it. 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 needs it to feel alive.

Once again the monster takes over Kristina's life and she will do anything for it, including giving up the one person who gives her the unconditional love she craves -- her baby.

The sequel to Crank, this is the continuing story of Kristina and her descent back to hell. Told in verse, it's a harrowing and disturbing look at addiction and the damage that it inflicts.


My first thoughts on this book is that it was sad. I felt so bad for Kristina’s son, Hunter. I couldn’t imagine ever leaving my children. Then not asking about them just astonishes me. I found myself getting mad at Kristina quite a bit. I also liked the first book more than this one which I sort of thought I would when I picked this one up. I will still be picking up the final book though.

Glass picks up right where Crank left off. It is definitely a downward spiral for Kristina. After having Hunter she stays clean for a while but decides that she can’t hold off anymore. She starts off with little breaks but soon stoops as low as stealing money from her son and mother. She is also introduced to a new way to handle the monster and some new people.

This new guy is named Trey. Much like in the first book she sees this guy and instantly falls for him. I really mean instantly. It’s ridiculous. When she is thrown out of her house she ends up living with Treys cousin who is a dealer. Kristina now has an unlimited supply. She starts the habit of wake up, get high, go to work, get high, so on and so on.

A lot of stuff happens at the end of this book. We are thrown with a pretty big surprise and a little bit of cliff hanger ending. The main reason I will be picking up the next book. I recommend continuing the series if you enjoyed the first one but if you decide not to then the first book has a pretty good ending.

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