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Glass Paperback – April 7, 2009
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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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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 ...Read more ›
*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.
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What have I done? And more: What will I continue to do?
In comparison to Crank, Glass feels much less poetic. Read more
One of the best books I've ever read. Definitely a must read!Published 2 months ago by JennaFriedlander
In the story “Glass” there is a girl named Kristina. Kristina has many problems. One of her many problems is that she is a drug addict. Read more
In the story “Glass” there is a girl named Kristina. Kristina has many problems. One of her many problems is that she is a drug addict. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ellen Hopkins is one of my favorite authors , and this book doesn't disappoint! I absolutely love this story! This is the 2nd book in the series and is riffing a must read!Published 3 months ago by Krista Mizell