Glass (Crank Series #2)

Glass (Crank Series #2)

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by Ellen Hopkins

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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,

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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.

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Publishers Weekly

Hopkins's hard-hitting free-verse novel, a sequel, picks up where Crankleft off. Kristina now lives in her mother's Reno home with her baby, but constantly dreams of "getting/ high. Strung. Getting/ out of this deep well/ of monotony I'm/ slowly drowning in." When her former connection turns her on to "glass": "Mexican meth, as/ good as it comes. maybe 90 percent pure," Kristina quickly loses control again. She gets kicked out of her house after her baby gets hurt on her watch, starts dealing for the Mexican Mafia ("No problem. I'll play straight/ with them. Cash and carry") and eventually even robs her mother's house with her equally addicted boyfriend. The author expertly relays both plot points and drug facts through verse, painting Kristina's self-narrated self-destruction through clean verses ("My face is hollow-/cheeked, spiced with sores"). She again experiments with form, sometimes writing two parallel poems that can be read together or separately (sometimes these experiments seem a bit cloying, as in "Santa Is Coming," a concrete poem in the shape of a Christmas tree). But in the end, readers will be amazed at how quickly they work their way through this thick book-and by how much they learn about crystal meth and the toll it takes, both on addicts and their families. Ages 14-up. (Aug.)

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VOYA - Jamie S. Hansen
Whether it is called crank, glass, ice, or crystal, crystal methamphetamine is a highly addictive and readily available drug. Kristina Georgia Snow calls it the monster and has a perilous love-hate relationship with the substance. Readers first met Kristina in Crank (Simon & Schuster, 2004/VOYA February 2005), which told the story of her introduction to the drug by her addict father, her adoption of her wild and sexy alter-ego Bree, her descent into the monster's clutches, and the brutal date-rape that resulted in pregnancy. At seventeen, with baby Hunter to care for and a convenience-store job, Kristina at last considers herself strong and in charge of her life. She will decide when she indulges, using only enough to help her get through each day. Now with a tiny, helpless person who can give her the unconditional love that she craves, she can control the monster that has held her in its grip-or can she? Visiting her estranged father reintroduces her to the drug, and meeting Trey, seemingly the boy of her dreams, ensnares her still more deeply in the monster's clutches. Abandoning Hunter, her family, and her efforts to straighten out her life, Kristina becomes Bree again, falling into a destructive cycle of drugs, sex, and crime. Told in spare and intense free verse, incorporating dialogues, concrete poems, and monologues, Kristina's compelling and devastating story is a more honest and better-written Go Ask Alice (Prentice-Hall, 1971) for the millennium. Older teens will be enthralled by this highly-recommended cautionary tale.
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Gr 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 LewisCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Kristina continues to dance with the monster of crystal methamphetamine, her fragmented emotions and cloudy denial displayed keenly by Hopkins's shards of free verse. Despite feeling warmth for her newborn baby and having been off meth for months, 17-year-old Kristina can't bear "the mindless / tedium that is my life" and seeks relief in "Mexican meth . . . 90 percent pure." This ice is far stronger than the "street-lab crank" she started on. Her mother kicks her out, keeping baby Hunter. Kristina moves in with Brad, a cousin of her boyfriend Trey, and the three smoke together. As Kristina spirals ever-downward, the monster claims her car, her minimum-wage job and any residual awareness of her infant son. Her teeth chip and she needs glass regularly just for "maintenance. . . . I'm scared // to shut all the way / down. Scared I might dream. / Scared I might not // wake back up." Hopkins's minimalist verse perfectly demonstrates Kristina's dissociation and muddled despair. Hypnotically sad, with a realistic lack of closure. (Fiction. YA)
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Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Crank Series, #2
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7.34(w) x 5.16(h) x 1.82(d)
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Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Walking with the Monster Life was radical right after I met the monster. Later, life became harder, complicated. Ultimately, a living hell, like swimming against a riptide, walking the wrong direction in the fast lane of the freeway, waking from sweetest dreams to find yourself in the middle of a nightmare. You Know My Story Don't you? All about my dive into the lair of the monster drug some people call crank. Crystal. Tina. Ice. How a summer visit to my dad sent me into the arms of a boy -- a hot-bodied hunk, my very first love, who led me down the path to insanity. How I came home no longer Kristina Georgia Snow, gifted high school junior, total dweeb, and perfect daughter, but instead a stranger who called herself Bree. How, no matter how hard Kristina fought her, Bree was stronger, brighter, better equipped to deal with a world where everything moved at light speed, everyone mired in ego. Where "everyday" became another word for making love with the monster. It Wasn't a Long Process I went to my dad's in June, met Adam the very first day. It took some time to pry him from his girlfriend's grasp. But within two weeks, he introduced me to the monster. One time was all it took to want more. It's a roller- coaster ride. Catch the downhill thrill, you want to ride again, enough to endure the long, hard climb back up again. In days, I was hooked on Adam, tobacco, and meth, in no particular order. But all summer vacations must end. I had to come home to Reno. And all my new bad habits came with me. It was a hella speed bump, oh yeah. Until I hurt for it, I believed I could leave the crystal behind. But the crash-and-burn was more than I could take. When the jet landed, I was still buzzed from a good-bye binge. My family crowded round me at the airport, discussing summer plans and celebration dinners, and all I wanted to do was skip off for another snort. Mom kept trying to feed me. My stepfa- ther, Scott, kept trying to ask questions about my visit with Dad. My big sister, Leigh, wanted to talk about her new girlfriend, and my little brother, Jake, kept going on about soccer. It didn't take long to figure out I was in serious trouble. Not the Kind of Trouble You might think I'm talking about. I was pretty sure I could get away with Mom and Scott. I'd always been such a good girl, they wouldn't make the jump to "bad" too quickly. Especially not if I stayed cool. I wasn't worried about getting busted at school or on the street. I'd only just begun my walk with the monster. I still had meat on my bones, the teeth still looked good. I didn't stutter yet. My mouth could still keep up with my brain. No, the main thing I worried about was how I could score there, at home. I'd never even experimented with pot, let alone meth. Where could I go? Who could I trust with my money, my secrets? I couldn't ask Leigh. She was the prettiest lesbian you've ever seen. But to my knowledge she had never used anything stronger than a hearty glass of wine. Not Sarah, my best friend since fourth grade, or any of my old crowd, all of whom lived by the code of the D.A.R.E. pledge. I really didn't need to worry, of course. All I had to do was leave things up to Bree, the goddess of persuasion. Before I Continue I just want to remind you that turning into Bree was a conscious decision on my part. I never really liked Kristina that much. Oh, some things about her were pretty cool -- how she was loyal to her family and friends. How she loved easily. How she was good at any and all things artistic. But she was such a brain, with no sense of fashion or any idea how to have fun. So when fun presented itself, I decided someone new would have to take charge. That someone was Bree. I chose her name (not sure where I got it), chose when to become her. What I didn't expect was discovering she had always been there, inside of me. How could Kristina and Bree live inside of one person? How could two such different halves make up the whole of me? How could Bree have possibly survived, stuck in Kristina's daily existence? The Funny Thing Was Bree solved the meth dilemma on a family trip to Wild Waters, Scott's annual company picnic. Sarah came The first was along to spend time with a truly gorgeous Kristina. But Bree lifeguard. Turned out had other things Brendan wasn't so pretty in mind. on the inside, but even Bree, who thrived on intuition, was clueless. Hard on the make, Brendan shared booze, cigarettes. But one guy wasn't quite enough. I also ran into Chase Wagner that day. His outside wasn't as I found out attractive, but inside he soon enough that was fine. Of course, both Chase and Brendan I didn't know knew the score -- and both that yet. were interested in me. Brendan only wanted sex; Chase offered love. Either way, I had my path to the monster. My Mom and Stepfather Later, I discovered that Robyn, my old friend Trent's sister (not to mention an "in" cheerleader), It didn't take tweaked to stay thin long to immerse and "pep up." She myself in the lifestyle. taught me how Didn't take long for school to smoke it. to go to shit; for friend -ships and dedication to family to falter. Didn't take long to become a slave to the monster. Tried to stop me before it all went completely wrong. Kristina spent almost a whole year GUFN -- grounded until further notice. But Bree was really good at prying open windows at night, lying with a straight face, denying she had slipped so far downhill. Nothing slowed me down. Not losing my virginity to Brendan's rape. Not spending a few days in juvenile hall. The only thing that kept me sane was Chase's love, despite all I put him through. He even swore to love me when I told him I was pregnant. Pregnant. And Brendan was the father. Bree considered abortion. Exorcism. Kristina understood the baby was not the demon. His father was. But you know this part of the story. You followed me on my journey through the monster's territory. We wound up here. Who am I now, three months after I left you, standing on the deck with me, listening to my new baby, crying inside? I told you then, the monster is a way of life, one it's difficult to leave behind, no matter how hard you try. I have tried, really I have. Maybe if Chase had stayed with me, instead of running off to California, in search of his dreams. Then again, I told him to go. Maybe if I had dreams of my own to run off in search of. I did once. But now I have no plans for a perfect tomorrow. All I have is today. T for Today I'd really like to tell you I have a nice little place with a white picket fence, flowers in the garden, and Winnie- the-Pooh, Eeyore, and Tigger, too, on baby blue nursery walls. I'd like to inform you that I am on a fast track to a college degree and a career in computer animation -- something I've aimed for, ever since I found out I could draw. I'd love to let you know I left the monster screaming in my dust, shut my ears, scrambled back to my family, back to my baby, my heart. I could tell you those things, but they'd be lies -- nothing new for me, true. But if all I wrote was lies, you wouldn't really know my story. I want you to know. Not a day passes when I don't think about getting high. Strung. Getting out of this deep well of monotony I'm slowly drowning in. Copyright © 2007 by Ellen Hopkins

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Glass (Crank Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 620 reviews.
JHM_2010 More than 1 year ago
After reading the first page of Glass, you won't want to put it down. It takes you through the life of Kristina Snow and her meth addiction. To get the full concept of Glass you might want to read Crank first. Crank is the first book about Kristina and her addiction and how it all started. The more you read the more you are wanting to figure out what happens next. Ellen Hopkins describes Kristina's life with such vivid details that you can't help but love it. Glass really shows you how big of an affect drug addiction has on someones life and the troubles that it causes. Many teenagers will be able to relate to some of the other things that occur in the book. Glass really makes you have a new outlook and makes you want to stick to your dreams and not mess them up. Glass is my favorite book by Ellen Hopkins, I highly recommend reading it if you enjoy her books, you won't be dissapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kristina thinks she has a control over crack. Now with a baby to care for, she's determined to be the one in control. 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 every day life. Once the monster has control over Kristina, she'll do anything for it, including giving up the one person who gives her unconditional love; her baby.
GLASS is the sequel to CRANK. This story continues the tale of Kristina and how the drug ends up controlling her life.
Gritty and raw, this tale shows the effects crack has on an individual and their love ones. Ellen Hopkins does a great job of taking us on this painful trip that was loosely based on her own daughter's experiences with the monster.
This is a haunting tale that will stay with the reader.
I'd highly recommend this book to those who know loved ones in the grip of the monster. Even though Kristina loses her way, the reader can't hope that maybe she'll be able to climb out of the abyss--back to her family and to her son, Hunter. Well written. I recommend this one too.
MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Monster Librarian as part of Banned Books Week Glass is the direct follow up to Crank, which starts with Kristina Snow after she's had her baby, kicked meth and nicotine and shortly before her eighteenth birthday. It follows her relapse in her struggle with the meth monster and goes farther than Crank imagined. Sharp and painful Glass is hard to read. For one Kristina seems to not even care that she'd making such horrible mistakes. Almost on autopilot in her quest to fill simple needs, reader with more than once want to reach into the lines and try to shake some sense into her. While Crank goes very far to combat drug use as an introductory tale, Glass is Anti-Drug 201, a hardcore look at more of the nasty side effects of addiction, as good as an uncut marathon of Intervention with viewers thrust, uncomfortably, inside Kristina's head. There's no doubt it will be too much for many readers, either too brutal, or too close to home. But Hopkins savagely slices through any illusions of "normal life" with beautiful poems and style that make the story she's telling all the more monstrous. Highly recommended for collections, but with the warning that these pages might leave reader's scarred. Contains: sex, drug use, language, domestic violence
HARDYHARHAR222 More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You need to read this book now. K? K.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Crank and im hooked on Glass. Im so ready to read Fallout :)
Christine_Boyer More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very good. It's very intriguing how Ellen Hopkins describes the experiences. I think it's a good example of what people can go through, especially when they are young, with drugs. It shows the cycle of drug use. I think that Kristina's struggle with drugs should be an example. IT shows how she had a child and got off the drugs and things start to happen and she can't seem to pull away. Everything feels so real and anyone can relate to this book even if you don't do drugs. I would reccommend this to anyone who likes books that deal with real issues and drugs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the follow-up to Crank and I was a bit skeptical as to how it would play out, since at the end of the first she had supposedly quit the habit. I actually found this one to be a bit more believable in terms of the way her addiction played out, and while it could have been just the same plot re-hashed, it definitely didn't feel that way to me. This round is a whole lot grittier than the first one--heavier drug use, a ton more swearing, and a ton more sex. More drug dealing, with a stop-off at a whore house, as well. Definitely not a pleasant story, and I'm a bit surprised to see the publisher intended these books for ages 14+! Hopkins seems to have forgotten a major plot point about Hunter's parentage--she seems to have decided in this book that the real father doesn't know, but in the last book it was clearly stated that he did know. Confusing! It had been a few years between the two books that she wrote them, but those kinds of plot holes always niggle at me. Overall, though, it's a very well-done story (once again, in wonderful verse format) about the dangers of heavy addiction and the ruining effects it can have on your life. Kristina is kicked out of her home, away from her baby, all because she can't shake the addiction. While these books could definitely read as anti-drug propaganda, Hopkins really does a good job of balancing the "drugs are bad" message with story, characters, and her great verse. Definitely one that got under my skin as I obsessively read it!
express-yourself More than 1 year ago
let me start of by saying that i read Crank months before i read this, and i expected to be a bit lost in this book considering it is a series and i had mildy forgotten some parts of Crank. Ellen Hopkins did a fantastic job on basically summarizing Crank at the start of this book. (If you read Crank prior to this it will by a smooth read, if not and you just read Glass on its own, you can still really enjoy the book). All of Ellen Hopkins books are page-turners, i never wanted to put down Glass once i started reading it, to the point where i finished it within a few hours. In addition the book is written in poetic form and it goes suprisingly fast. Theres not a dull moment in this book, i promise. My only problem with this book, as well as Hopkins other books is there is no chapters or anything to really divide the book, so its a bit difficult to find the right part to stop at (its do-able though). I honestly cannot rave enough about Glass, it really shows the dark side of addiction, as well other "dark" topics. i strongly suggest this book to anyone who really wants a good, edgy, book. Its onc of my favorites.
Kenzie_VanderMeulen More than 1 year ago
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By: Ellen Hopkins

The title of the book I am reviewing is Glass, by Ellen Hopkins. It is the sequel to Crank, which is also written by Ellen Hopkins. I believe the purpose for writing this book is to show young minds the nature of addiction, and how drugs can hurt more then the person using the drugs. ¿Have you ever tried to quit a bad habit, one that has come to define you? To cease using a substance, any substance, that you not only need, but enjoy? To stop yourself from lighting up that cigarette? It¿s going to kill you, but hey, you¿re going to die someday anyway, why not die happy, why not die buzzed, why not die satisfied? Why not die sooner, with fewer regrets, than later?¿ Hopkins intended this book for teens; I believe Hopkins chose teens because that¿s normally when experimentation with drugs occurs. The person telling this story is a girl named Kristina, she has a split personality also, named Bree, she is telling this story to show teens what drugs did to her. Hopkins wrote this story about her daughters walk with ¿the monster¿, so that¿s how she interpreted the characters and storylines. I could connect with Kristina most, because she has 2 sides to her, I don¿t have split personalities but I have many sides to me. The author wrote this story beautifully, I believe she reached her goals writing this book. I learned how addiction works, and how cruel it really can get. This book is a lot like Go Ask Alice and Cut, both of these books are about addiction. The significance of the books title is it is Kristina¿s or Bree¿s new drug of choice. I would recommend this book to young teens to show how drugs can affect you and your family, so that they know what drugs can do to you before they start experimenting. This book was amazing; I was always reading it and constantly engaged. The ending was the best part I didn¿t see it coming at all, it was perfect. I would give this book five stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot even begin to describe how much I loved this book. There are not words, ha. I guess to give you an idea of how amazing this book is I'll tell you that I've lost count of how many times I have read it. It is all too relate-able, wether your like me and you've done/do drugs, or you've never even touched them. Crank and Glass are my all time favourite books and I'm buying Identical tomorrow. Ellen Hopkins is an incredible writer and I recommend her work to everyone mature enough to handle it. [though i'm not a huge fan of burned.]
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was a great book. i could not put it down. i stayed up all night reading it. i really wish Hopkins could right a sequel to this book. i really want to know what happens next so bad!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was great reading,although it did leave you wondering what was going to happen to christina and her boyfriend ,this was the perfect sequal to crank.It was very in detail,and is one of those books you can read all day and night.
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Kaylexanna More than 1 year ago
Glass was pretty similar in tone and style to its predecessor. It picks up a short time after the events of Crank. This book is also written in verse (I believe all of Hopkins' books are, though I could be wrong), which made for a relatively quick read, if not necessarily easy, due to the subject matter. In terms of format and layout, Glass was easier to read than the first book. I guess the poem layout was maybe a little less creative, but it definitely helped me understand the flow of the words better, and I didn't need to do nearly as much rereading as I did during the first book. There were a few things that I wasn't sure were intentional - italics generally seemed to be used for dialog, but sometimes, in the middle of what appeared to be someone's sentence, they would be dropped, and then come back again. Not sure if that's a mistake or not. So in a lot of ways, the paperback would probably still be easier to read than the eBook, but there were improvements made in that department. I ended up reading the book with my Kindle on its side with the font at the smallest size, and that seemed to preserve 90% of the originally intended layout. Kristina's choices over the course of the book are predictable, but frustrating. As with the first book, knowing it is based on a true story is difficult and sad. My only real issue with the book itself was that the dialog didn't seem realistic to me a lot of the time - sometimes, it was great, and other times, I felt like it was a major miss and Kristina didn't feel like an authentic teenager. Crank had some of the same issues, though, and I guess it would have been even more jarring to change some of that in the second book. I am interested in continuing the series and seeing where it goes from here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was about 15 years old when I read this book for the first time. Since then, I have reread it 3 times. 'Hopkins does a wonderful job creating her story line and adds an awesome flare to it all by having each page a lined into creative columns or shapes I recommend all of her other books as well
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Best book i have ever read
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Alyce-Morgan More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down!
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Beautiful, compelling, heart wrenching. Amazung story
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I imediatly read this book after fininishing Crank. I am so excited to see what become of Kristina and her longing for love and her poor baby.