“I really liked it, but all of Ellen Hopkins's books are kind of depressing in a way.”Enya Z. wrote this review Saturday, March 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“***SECOND COMMENT/FINAL REVIEW***
I have finished the book and I feel like I'm blowing through these Ellen Hopkins books too fast. They're unreal. Hopkin's manages to put an action packed story which makes the reader feel a range of emotions and explore topics that they may not have another opportunity to all into compact, simple free verse poetry. She leaves a raging cliff hanger at the very end of the book that the reader craves to satisfy. It's almost like her books are a drug and the readers are addicted. I mean that in the best way possible.
Hopkins does an extremely good job of showing the evolution (or devolution) of Kristina and the characters she interacts with. Her mother is no longer the lively, happy woman she used to be due to the stress of Kristina's debt to the monster (meth). Bree is no longer involved with Kristina. Kristina is the victim of Bree's actions and is still suffering the consequences. Kristina isn't too concerned with changing herself for the better. It definitely seems as though Bree has left her mark on her for good. Hopkins definitely demonstrates the devastating effects of the impressionable teenaged mindset and the struggle to resist peer pressure. Kristina was pressured to try meth the very first time way back in the beginning of the first book and she is instantly hooked. The grasp that the drug has on a person is instantaneous and that warning is constantly plastered throughout the book. Hopkins uses her books not only as a form of entertainment but also a method of warning young adults the dangers that they may encounter in their lives and the consequences of these actions.
Hopkins is a must read for all young adults and adults alike. Some of the topics she discusses are extremely heavy but need to be addressed. Many people go through their lives ignorant or unable to learn about these topics in schools, media or peers. More often than not, the information that is being shown to impressionable minds is wrong and misleading. These false pieces of information may cause further challenges or bad decisions that Hopkins consistently condemns. Hopkins has lived through many of the situations she talks about in her books and she is confident in what she knows and she wishes to educate people through her easy to read books and relatable characters.
I am on page 342 in the book and I can't seem to put it down. Glass is the continuation of the previous book, Crank. The reader continues to follow the life of Kristina Snow aka Bree. Kristina has her child who yet finds it a struggle to take care of him and feed her meth habit. It is clear to the reader that Kristina may never change. Kristina's family notices that she is an unfit mother and that she must give up meth or risk losing her son. Kristina is hasty to give up meth and focus on her son but it isn't soon before the monster has its grasp on her again. This is an occurrence that many rehabilitation experts experience. Many drug addicts are unable to take care of their dependents in favour of a drug. The child is usually neglected and forced to live in harsh conditions as most of the money that is being given to the caretaker is spent on drugs. It isn’t until one day Kristina falls asleep as a side affect from the meth only to wake up to the cries of her son. Her mother has finally given up on Kristina and takes Hunter from her abusive mother’s grasp. The reader sees the degradation of Kristina as she changes throughout the book. The once poster child of the ideal high school student turned junkie all before her 18th birthday. Kristina’s life continues down the slippery slope as she ends up homeless. Her only means of survival are dealing drugs and stealing money from her parents to feed herself and her new lover, Trey. Kristina truly realizes she is alone when her own mother turns her in to the police. As many people with substance addictions, they often get left behind. Their personalities change, they become apathetic, isolated and eventually cut off all ties with their loved ones. This greatly reduces their chances of receiving help for their addiction because their only companionship is with the substance. Many people realize that addicts are in a vulnerable state and are in desperate need of direction and support yet many are turned on by the only people who can help them. It is a cycle for the addicts. They call out for help only to be viewed as needy and wanting to feed their addiction further thus losing hope in themselves and family, returning to their destructive ways with their desired substance. Hopkins does an excellent job of portraying a story like this, which would usually be glamourized in Hollywood films. The reader is constantly kept on the edge of their seats, unknowing when Kristina will catch a break from her chaotic life and finally mend her ways. Hopkins continues with the use of her free verse poetry. Her poetry conveys a message to the reader yet gives the reader some freedom to analyze situations on his or her own. Many of her short poems seem open ended and it is up to the reader’s imagination to fill in the blanks of Kristina’s life.”
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“This is the second book in the Crank trilogy. I have to say that I am not the biggest fan of this series. I much prefer other books that Ellen Hopkins has written.”Ria wrote this review Sunday, February 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If as a reader, you find yourself struggling to find a decent realistic adult fiction book, you should try reading Glass, by Ellen Hopkins. However, the reader should use extreme caution when choosing this book, for this book deals with many controversial topics. It follows the life of the main character, Kristina, as she deals with her addiction to illegal drugs and how her family has reacted to the choices that she has been making. The main character’s actions are not necessarily what will happen to everyone who happens to become addicted to drugs, but this book does represent the dangers that substances can do to damage your body, mind, and social relations. Glass is a sequel to the novel Crank, and can become very confusing if Crank was not read prior to Glass, because not much of the back-story was explained in the beginning of the book. This book is appropriate for mature audiences, such as upperclassmen in high school, college students, or older. This novel takes a very serious tone while still being relatable because it’s written from the point of view from the main character’s teenage mind. Also this book is written in a format that would be considered free verse poetry. This book uses a great amount of details in describing the character’s need for the drugs, and some use of irony towards the end of the story. This book is strongly recommended to those who wish to read about a topics usually not discussed openly in public. This author, Ellen Hopkins, has written a few other books in the same format, and all with very controversial subjects, including a third novel in the Crank series, all of her books have been well received and are always looked forward to. ”amy e wrote this review Friday, January 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ This was a sequel to the book Crank by Ellen Hopkins. It begins after Kristina has her first baby hunter. She thinks that her becoming a mother will help her stay away from the addiction she had before she got pregnant. Though she tells herself she is not going to get addicted to the monster again she finds herself looking for an old friend and hook up. She thinks just a little crank will help her lose weight and give her energy to care for her son. She drives out to Robyn's to hang out with her and meets Trey, her hook up, while there. She's wildly attracted to him and buys crystal meth from him, and he fronts some of it to her. When she's home she begins working at a seven eleven and her boss offered her a job as a prostitute, but she declines. Quickly she is emerged into the life of addiction again. She finds out her parents actually saw her relapse and she gets kicked out after she crashes while watching Hunter and wouldn't wake to his screaming. She goes to live with Treys cousin, Brad, who is his connection to the glass. She becomes Brads nanny for his two girls, whose mother took off on them. Developing a relationship with Trey makes her want to stay there even more instead of getting her life together and going back to her son. She stays there for a while, selling and doing crank. Then things have to change when Brads wife and the mother of his children shows back up one day. She is forced to move out and Trey says they can move in together. She sells her car because Trey has a car and they buy an apartment. It is small and they continue using. When Hunter comes to live with them Trey begins looking for a job. After a while of Trey not finding a job Kristina realizes he was never looking for a job in the first place. This starts fights between them. Kristina realizes this is not a safe environment for her child and calls her mom to come pick up Hunter. After a while Kristina is introduced to Brads dealer and she begins selling more to afford rent. But after they smoke all of what they were suppose to have and the extra money is gone, they can't afford rent. Kristina breaks into her mother's house when she knows everyone is gone and steals her mother's check book. She begins cashing fake checks and eventually she is caught. She is served papers and sees herself in the newspaper. Soon after her and Trey decide to run away. They front one last batch of glass and head to a different state. Once they are there they stop at a McDonalds and eat then crash in the car. A police officer comes to their window and ends up searching their car. They find all the glass and the two of them are locked up. While there in jail Kristina finds out she is pregnant and hopes when she gets out her and Trey can sober up and take care of their baby. ”/Morgan Gross wrote this review Friday, January 11, 2013. ( reply | view 1 replies | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is amazing. I love the Crank trilogy. The first and the last book are also fabulous.”Abigail Mae wrote this review Saturday, January 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“didnt like this book as much as the first”Brittany P wrote this review Thursday, December 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sad, but very compelling to read; if you liked "Crank," you'll like this one, too.”Donna wrote this review Wednesday, December 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No