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Glass (The Crank Trilogy) Paperback – Illustrated, August 6, 2013
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Kristina thinks she can control the urge, the addiction, the monster trying to drag her down. 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.
A vivid portrait of a victim to addiction, this sequel to Crank 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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- Publisher : Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reissue edition (August 6, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 720 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1442471824
- ISBN-13 : 978-1442471825
- Reading age : 14 years and up
- Lexile measure : HL600L
- Grade level : 9 - 12
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 2 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What makes the story even more tragic is how she gives up her own baby for the meth. You would think that would motivate her to do better and be better. If anything, she uses the baby as an excuse. The meth helps her lose the baby fat because she does not eat, and it helps her escape the stress of being a mother.
So why do I like this story so much if I find the characters so despicable? Well, first off it is a very compelling story. I am willing to admit that I started to feel sorry for Kristina as her world came crashing down. She lost ties with all her family because of her own choices but when I saw how it was affecting her I still hoped for something good to happen, but it never did.
What really enthralls me is Hopkins' style. I love reading this story in prose. She even gets more creative in this one by meshing up her prose into different shapes reflecting the situation she is telling. These books are deceptively short yet a lot more happens than most stories.
I would definitely recommend continuing this series if you enjoyed Crank. It is a terrifying yet awe-inspiring tale of what continues to happen with meth addicts and the continuing dangers of addiction. If Crank and Glass do not give you pause about drug use, nothing will.
Conclusion: Loved the book, same style and characters from the first book, Crank, had to look up some words b/c I'm not familiar with slang words for drugs.
Kristina has been doing pretty good where the crank is concerned. She's trying to take care of her son Hunter while living at home with her mother and working at the local 7-11. The only thing is she's feeling pretty unattractive after having the baby and she thinks, what can it hurt? Just a little here and there will help her lose weight and give her more energy to care for her son. This time though things fall into place much easier for Kristina. She finds it much easier to get the drugs and a better quality drug at that. In no time at all she is completely immersed in the 'life' again with no regard for her life and more importantly for her son's life.
While Kristina has been assuming that nobody knows she's back on the crank, she is surprised to find out that her mom and Scott knew all along. At one point Kristina puts her son Hunter in danger and her mother finally blows up. She tells Kristina to go and get her life together; that she can't have Hunter until she is capable of properly caring for a baby. So Kristina leaves vowing she'll get herself together and get her son back one day.
She ends up living with the cousin of her latest boyfriend and life turns into one continuous loop of drugs and sex. She knows she's heading down a bad path but she hasn't the power to stop it and just lives day to day - hit to hit. Selling drugs seems to be the best and easiest way to survive but that never leads to a good end. This installment leaves us knowing that there is more to come and that's what we get with Fallout, which is available now.
As with Crank, Glass drags us full tilt into the world of a drug addict with first class seats. You can feel the hopelessness in the pages of Kristina's life. I found Glass even more disturbing than Crank except for being relieved that her son was being taken care of. The life Kristina is living is horrific. There is no care for anything that we, as human beings, normally care about like a clean place to sleep, a job, food and proper care for our kids. She doesn't care (the drug doesn't let her/can't let her) - she only cares about getting her drugs. Such is the life of a drug addict.
I already have Fallout and plan on reading it as soon as I can. I'm definitely anxious to find out how it will all end for Kristina. Will she get off the drugs? Will she get her son back? Will she rebuild her life? Or will she just sink deeper into the life of drugs?
Again, I think these are good books for teens to read but I would still recommend a parent reading them first. Not all parents are appreciative of the blunt directness with which Ellen Hopkins writes. As an adult, I was shocked by some of it but then again this is not a life I'm in any way familiar with. Glass by Ellen Hopkins is another great novel well worth reading.
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my 11 year old neice im sure she going to have a good time reading these books