Glass (Crank Series #2) [NOOK Book]


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 ...
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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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Editorial Reviews

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.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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.
School Library Journal

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439106525
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 6/20/2008
  • Series: Crank Series, #2
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 26,737
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL600L (what's this?)
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Ellen Hopkins
Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven young adult novels, as well as the adult novels Triangles and Collateral. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsLit. For more information on Ventana Sierra, go to
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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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Interviews & Essays

An Interview with Ellen Hopkins Q: Crank and Impulse have recently become New York Times bestsellers. Why do you think your novels are so successful with young adults?A: I think my success stems from a couple of things. The first is, I write about issues that some other authors shy away from -- difficult subjects that teens (or people they know) face every day. And the second thing is, I refuse to sugarcoat these issues. I write with honesty, from a place of deep respect for my readers.Q: In Crank, you tell a powerful story about addiction. Do you have firsthand knowledge of this subject?A: Crank is loosely based on the very true story of my daughter's path to addiction. It was a story I had to tell. Crystal meth is unlike other drugs because it is so highly addictive and so damaging, not only to the user but also to the people around him/her. I have opened a lot of eyes to the strength of "the monster" and its grasp. I am grateful for the opportunity to perhaps veer people from this path. Q: Why did you decide to continue the Kristina/Bree story in Glass?A: There was so much story left to tell, I had to. It is crucial to me to paint a three-dimensional picture of the nature of addiction. One facet of that, especially with methamphetamine, is how hard it is to put it behind you once you let it into your life. Very few people can simply turn their backs on the monster and walk away. It takes true desire, a strong will, and for most, help.Q: Tell us a little bit about your background.A: I grew up in Palm Springs, CA (swimming pools . . . movie stars!), and later moved to the Santa Ynez Valley, near Santa Barbara. My mother loved literature and instilled an infatuation with language at a very young age. I studied journalism in college but left school to marry and start a family. After a divorce, new marriage, and move to Lake Tahoe, I decided to return to what I have always loved best -- writing. I worked as a freelance journalist for a number of years, while writing poetry and dabbling in fiction. My journey into publishing for young adults began with middle-grade nonfiction books. I published twenty with educational publishers before truly finding where I belong -- young adult fiction.Q: Why do you write novels about troubled teens?A: Well, everyone has problems, don't they? Young adults like to know they're not alone with their problems. And for me on a personal level, creating complex, believable characters is vital. Who wants to write (or read) about someone whose life is perfect? Now that is fiction. Q: Do you ever work directly with young people?A: Often! I do lots of school visits, conferences, festivals, and creative writing workshops. I am also a Nevada Artist in Residence. Our arts council sends me to schools for creative writing residencies that may last two or more weeks. I've taught fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and, of course, poetry. I love to teach. It's exhausting, but exceptionally satisfying.Q: Have you received letters from young people who identify with your novels?A: Thousands. I get them every day, usually via e-mail but handwritten ones as well. I feel like I've got this huge network of friends out there. They thank me for the stories I tell, and the honesty in them. Many readers also thank me for helping them learn to enjoy reading. The verse novel format allows even nonreaders to pick up a "big" book (all my novels are well over 500 pages) and read it in a matter of days, or even hours. This empowers them to try other books. Q: In your YA novels, you use poetry as a form of narrative. How did you begin doing this?A: I started writing and publishing poetry in elementary school, and it has always been close to my heart. I started Crank, my first YA novel, as a prose novel but thought the voice was too strong. When I discovered verse novel as a viable format (hearing Sonya Sones speak at a conference), I knew immediately that's how Crank should be written. I did spend some time creating a unique "look" for the poetry in my novels, which I want to stand out from the crowd. Q: You have written a lot of nonfiction, what made you decide to start writing novels?A: I think all nonfiction writers are closet novelists, or maybe closet short story writers. We are storytellers at heart, at least good nonfiction writers are. I've got a drawer full of legal pads, with the beginnings of many stories I started over the years, then put aside. I just might have to finish them some day. Q: What do you like best about writing in verse?A: Verse accomplishes a couple of things. It makes you write only the words that have to be on the page. There is no room for extraneous verbiage. And it is an internal form of writing. It makes you climb inside your characters' heads for a good, long look around. My books are not about the things that happen to my characters, but rather about how those characters react to those things. People are the story. Plot is secondary.Q: Please tell us some your favorite things . . . in verse!A: Raindrops on roses and whiskers . . . oh, wait . . . don't want to borrow. So here, in verse, are some of my favorite things:That Time of Day
sunlight splashes
eastern hills, spills blue
into gray, and the kitchen
swells with snapshots: steaming
mugs and marmalade toast;
hasty pencils fine-tuning homework;
papered German shepherds
and barn-bred tabbies, intent
on breakfast bowls. Three
minutes of reminders lead to half-
planted kisses, a volley
of slams, and sudden, blessed silence.
That time of day, I open
the French doors, step lightly
over thin ice veneer,
into the sage-perfumed morning.
Steaming mug in hand, I nibble
marmalade and look to the mountain
lifting quilted amber and evergreen
into the azure-splashed sky.
A hawk dips low in early hunt
and far across the valley, traffic
stirs the day. I bundle up
in the magic, join the red-tail,
and fly away.Q: What do you have coming out next?A: Next is Identical, about identical twins whose father is sexually abusing one of them. I know, I know, another light subject, but one I wanted to explore. Statistically, one in five women and one in seven men experience incest (defined as sexual abuse by someone close, in a position of power over the victim) in their lifetimes. Only by shedding light on subjects like this one can we learn not only to understand them, but also to move beyond them into a more positive future.This interview is provided by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing and can be reprinted for publication either in full or excerpted as individual questions and answers, as long as they are reprinted in their entirety.
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  • Posted December 17, 2008


    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2008

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    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.<BR/>GLASS is the sequel to CRANK. This story continues the tale of Kristina and how the drug ends up controlling her life.<BR/>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.<BR/>This is a haunting tale that will stay with the reader.<BR/>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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2010

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    Amazing book

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013


    You need to read this book now. K? K.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012


    I loved Crank and im hooked on Glass. Im so ready to read Fallout :)

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

    Great Book!!

    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.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

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    Glass by Ellan Hopkins. Great book!

    Glass is the continued story of Crank. Crank is about a teenager who is an ordinary girl named Kristina or "Bree", who succeeds very well, who goes to visit her father one summer. She encounters the drug crack and falls in love with it, falls in love with the "monster". The books end with this girl pregnant with the baby of the boy who raped her.
    Glass starts with the baby born named Hunter with her mother who isn't even eighteen yet, living at her mom's house. Kristina avoids the monster as long as she can to save her life and Hunters'. She holds strong for the first couple months but soon the monster starts to call her. Kristina starts wanting it bad so she lies to her mom and tells her she's going to a college fair but really she's going to visit her friend at state to find the monster once more. When she arrives to her friend's college she meets Trey her room mate who would soon become her one love.
    Kristina soon goes back home with the monster in her pocket. One day at home with Hunter while on crank she falls asleep and Hunter rolled under a chair and hurt himself, and Kristina is kicked out of her own house and isn't allowed to take her own child.
    So Kristina find a place to live with Trey's cousin Brad who had two children, who did not like the fact that she was living with them. Eventually the baby's mom comes home and Kristina is forced to leave. But shortly after that she convinces Trey to get an apartment with her.
    Kristina and Trey get an apartment, but are extremely poor. The only way they can succeed is to steal money and buy and sell meth "glass". They eventually are kicked out of the apartment and they decide to live in their car living off foods like McDonalds and other fast food restaurants. Sleeping one night high off the left over glass they haven't sold they are pulled over for parking in a place they aren't supposed to be and searched. The cop finds a little lock box full of the half pound 90 percent pure crystal methamphetamine and also finds a warrant for Kristina's arrest for stealing. It turns out it was her mom who called the cops because Kristina stole from her. As the author states in the end of the book, "Kristina and Trey will no longer share an apartment, a car, a bed, a pipe, a cigarette, a kiss, promises, dreams or vows." The only thing they will share is a baby. Kristina hopes to be out of jail before it comes, hoping that the meth didn't mess her soon to be baby up, hoping for forginvess, and hoping just once more she might see Trey again once both released.

    This was a great book, and I really encourage all to read it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

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    if you like edgy books, that keep you reading, this is fantastic (as is Crank- the first book of the series)

    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.

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  • Posted November 18, 2008

    Glass by Ellen Hopkins

    Makenzie VanderMeulen <BR/>Ms. Rogal <BR/>Strategic Reading<BR/>17 November 2008 <BR/><BR/>Glass<BR/>By: Ellen Hopkins<BR/><BR/> 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.

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  • Posted October 14, 2008

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    This Book Is What You Have Been Missing

    Crank by Ellen Hopkins was a phenomenal book that uses very powerful writing with describing what it is like, as Kristina calls it, to be with monster. Ellen Hopkins pulls her readers in until they find themselves not reading fast enough to see what happens next. The overall scheme of the book was extremely captivating. It showed what your life could turn into if you made a mistake like Kristina did. Characters such as Kristina, Bree, Brendan, and Chase make the book so much more enjoyable because their personalities are all so different, besides one thing, living with the monster. I love the fact that when Kristina wants to feel dangerous and have an attitude she brings out her alter-ego, Bree.<BR/><BR/>The book is mainly about a girl named Kristina, who after dealing with becoming a meth addict, is dealing with the aftermath of friends, family, lovers, and her new born baby. Even though she tries to keep her family happy by attempting to stay clean, she falls back into her old ways and continues being an addict again. She starts dealing with the mexican mafia and eventually is way over her head with problems and is forced to run away with her boyfriend,Trey.<BR/><BR/>This book is a great book that alllows for some readers to connect to it and others readers to understand how hard it is to live a life like Kristina did in the book. It allows for readers to realize how little their problems are compared to Kristina's and think, what have i been complaining about all these years when people in the world are living lives like these?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2008

    one of the best books

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2008

    Uhh, try like twelve stars.

    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.]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008


    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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  • Posted January 29, 2015

    Glass was pretty similar in tone and style to its predecessor. I

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2014

    FANTASTIC-belated review

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2014


    Best book i have ever read

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  • Posted October 9, 2014

    Couldn't put this book down!

    Couldn't put this book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Couldnt put it down!

    Beautiful, compelling, heart wrenching. Amazung story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Other great book by Elen Hopkins!

    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.

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