Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
Other Books by This Author: Impulse, Burned, Identical, Tricks
“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.
In Crank, Kristina was introduced to the monster. In Crank I still felt some sympathy for her. Her life was spiraling out of control. She was young and made some mistakes, but she definitely wasn’t past the point of no return. In Glass by Ellen Hopkins, my sympathy was gone. Kristina knew exactly what she was getting herself into. She knew exactly what kind of pain she would cause everyone, including her child. She knew what the monster was doing to her body, yet she did it again and again..and again. Her self destructive and self centered behavior take center stage in this book.
I was going to say that I still enjoyed Glass immensely, even with Kristina’s stupidity, but enjoy is the wrong word to use for this book. It’s hard to enjoy a book about drug addiction. Although, I can’t think of another word to use. It’s like a train crash. You know that something awful is eventually going to happen, but what can you do to stop it? I can’t wait to read Fallout, and get to the end of Kristina’s story. I honestly hope that it is a happy ending, but I’m not sure if it can be.
Once again I must say that, Ellen Hopkins writing is incredible. I’ve never read a verse novel quite like this. It’s beautiful, and powerful, and terrifying all at the same time. Glass is an anti-drug. It should be required reading for teens. I beg you, teen or adult, to read Crank. You won’t be disappointed.