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Glass Paperback – April 7, 2009

4.6 out of 5 stars 206 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Crank Series

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Grade 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 Lewis, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141694091X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416940913
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was adopted at birth and raised by a great, loving older couple. I grew up in Palm Springs CA, although we summered in Napa and Lake Tahoe, to avoid those 120 degree summers. After my adopted parents died, I did find my birth mother, who lives in Michigan with my half sister.

I studied journalism in college, but left school to marry, raise kids and start my own business--a video store, before the mega-chains were out there. After a divorce, I met my current husband and we moved to Tahoe to become ski bums and otherwise try to find our dreams. At that time, I went to work for a small alternative press, writing stories and eventually editing.

When we moved down the mountain to the Reno area, I started writing nonfiction books, many of which you can see here. The rest are viewable on my personal website. I also continued to freelance articles for newspapers and magazines.

All that has changed, with the publication of my novel, CRANK, which has led to a valued career writing YA novels in verse, all of which explore the more difficult situations young adults often find themselves in. Will I ever write one in prose? No doubt! But, for the moment, writing novels in verse fulfills two needs: writing poetry and writing fiction. The combination is so interesting!

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Format: Hardcover
Ellen Hopkins has once again taken readers into the world of meth and the chaos it creates. GLASS is the sequel to her first novel about Kristina called Crank.

Just several months after giving birth to her son, Hunter, Kristina is drawn back to "the monster." She thinks a little snort could help her lose some weight and get her through the late-night feedings and day-to-day drudgery of constant baby needs. Surprised at how easy it is to score and how much the product has improved, it doesn't take long for Kristina to remember how great the stuff makes her feel.

For awhile the teen mom is able to take care of Hunter, hold down a low paying job, and keep herself cranked just enough to pretend her life isn't all that bad. Despite what Kristina may think, her mother and stepfather, Scott, are not really fooled into thinking all is well. They give her just enough space to eventually crash and burn. After falling asleep and putting the baby in danger, Kristina's mother throws her out of the house. She says she'll take care of Hunter, and Kristina should take care of herself.

Like most addicts, Kristina fools herself into believing she can have it all. She manages to keep her job and find a place to live with the cousin of her latest love interest. Once again her life is filled with drugs, sex, and whatever she has to do to survive. At times there is hope of reconnecting with family, but each time Kristina can't cope with their expectations and ends up with less and less of their love and support.

For readers who followed Kristina's painful journey in
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Format: Paperback
This is the second book in the Crank series. I did not like it as well as Crank, but I thought that it was ok, especially for a squeal. I love the way it was written and how the main character got drawn deeper into her addiction. The first few pages of the book reminded us what had happened in the last book, sort of like the "previously on..." part of a TV show. I really appreciated this since it had been a while since I read Crank. One of the more repetitive questions Kristina asks herself throughout the book that I found to be very important was how she felt about her son. I will read the next book in the series just to see how everything turns out.
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Once again, crank in back in poor Kristina's life.

*SPOLIER ALERT* After having Hunter, her baby boy, she gets a job at a 7-11 with a creep boss and strange co-workers. To lose her after-baby weight, she goes back to crank, meth, the monster. Her mother realizes she is back on that track, and kicks her out of the house and takes Hunter. Depressed and alone, she goes to get some meth from her old friend Robyn. While there, she meets a guy she takes much interest in, Trey. She gets a living space with Trey's cousin Brad, a single father who's wife left him. She takes care of the kids and gets meth perks. While waiting for Trey to come visit every once in a while, she has sex with Brad a few times. Once Trey catches her, but he says its okay because he's been having sex w/ others too. He claims it's just sex, not love. They promise to no longer sleep around. However, Brad's ex comes back and Kristina must move out. She moves in an apartments w/ Trey, and tries to take Hunter from her mother. When she realizes she's an unfit parent, her mother takes full custody of the baby and Kristina is left with Trey. Trey and Kristina get engaged, and decide to go on the road. While driving, a cop pulls them over and catches them w/ meth. The story ends w/ Kristina and Trey in jail. *SPOILER END*

The book obviously leaves room for a third, which I dearly hope comes.

*parental review*
bad language - 5- f-words, a, d, s and others. But not too often.
sexual content - 5 - kristina has sex with trey & brad. trey is sleeping around with other people.
violence - 2 - trey yells and gets very angry sometimes, there are some parts of cutting
adult content - 6 - sex, cheating, drugs, prison, getting arrested, getting kicked out of the house
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The sequel to Crank, a novel about a girl's meth addiction, is just as lightning-fast and riveting as the original. Many may at first be put off by the strange writing style (the book, along with the rest of Hopkin's titles, is written entirely in free verse) but I found that it was incredibly well-written. Not only was the poetry able to effectively capture rational thought, the streams of consciousness and ecstatic feelings of the protagonists highs, and the depressive emotions of her crashes or when she was deprived of her addiction, but the words were written in different patterns that pertained to each situation and made everything more interesting. The book looks lengthy, but I couldn't put down the book from the second I picked it up, and read all 688 pages in one sitting.
It goes without saying that the plot is mature, but it's not unheard of, especially since it's based on the experiences of the author's own daughter. This makes it even more genuine.
This isn't a cutesy, humorous, or inspirational book with a happy ending. Although the free verse makes it seem less heavy and makes the story go by a little breezier, it's still a mature story for older teens, and although it's fairly clean as far as profanity goes, it contains heavy drug use. However, it could be good for people to read this, because it shows exactly what drugs can do to you, as harmless as they may seem on the outside.
This book won't try to convince you not to do drugs, it won't try to ingrain the dangers of them in your brain, it certainly won't lecture you, it simply lets you go along with Kristina and experience her emotions for yourself, so that readers can choose to make better decisions than her. It's an edgy and surprising book.
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