Glass (Crank Series #2)

Glass (Crank Series #2)

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Glass (Crank Series #2) by Ellen Hopkins, Laura Flanagan

"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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ISBN-13: 9781598877625
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication date: 08/01/2008
Series: Crank Series , #2
Edition description: Unabridged 7.25 hours on 6 CDs
Pages: 1
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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Glass (Crank Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 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
Makenzie VanderMeulen
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17 November 2008

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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