Glass by Ellen Hopkins: ‘It’s like glass, when we break’

Glass by Ellen Hopkins: ‘It’s like glass, when we break’Glass by Ellen Hopkins
Also by this author: Crank, Fallout, Rumble
Series: Crank #2
Also in this series: Crank, Fallout
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2013-08-06
Genres: Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Parents, Social Issues, Stories in Verse, Young Adult
Pages: 681
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Kristina’s descent continues in the New York Times bestselling sequel to Crank, now with a refreshed look and a trade paperback trim size.One little bit, my heart revs high, then settles into quick- step mode. How I’ve missed that race and pound. How I’ve missed the lack of control.Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it’s all the same: a monster. Kristina thinks she can control it. Now with a baby to care for, she is determined to be the one deciding when and how much, the one calling the shots. But the monster is strong, and before she knows it, Kristina is back in its grip…and it won’t let go.The sequel to Crank, this is the continuing story of Kristina and her descent back to hell.

There is a song from an obscure 90s movie called Angus, that I can’t get out of my head. It sort of reminds me of Glass by Ellen Hopkins. The song is called Am I Wrong and it’s by Love Spit Love. Basically, there’s just one line that reminds me of the book, “It’s like glass, when we break, I wish no one in my place.” You see, Glass is the sequel to Crank. It is just as powerful as it’s predecessor. As for spoilers, you should probably stop reading right about here, if you have not already read Crank.

Glass by Ellen Hopkins picks right up where Crank ended. Kristina seems like she is about to make a turn around, be a real parent and quit meth. I mean she’s got a son. She wants to make life right. She’s working on her GED. However, Kristina starts to feel fat, and decides to give the monster a whirl, since meth will make her skinny and pretty again. She thinks, oh, I can handle this, just a little bit here and there. That’s the thing though, isn’t it? Kristina is only human, and meth, well it’s incredibly addictive. What ensues is a downward spiral.

I will say, Glass cuts just as badly as Crank. I mean, how can you read these words without your soul clenching? It’s like seeing someone you care about continually make bad decision after bad decision after bad decision. You want to just sit the person down, explain they are being nuts, and please, just stop that.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not.

I won’t go much further into depth, as I would ultimately repeat what I said about Crank, the free verse works, it’s emotional, it’s hard hitting, it’s excellent.

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  1. Wow… I don’t know if I could emotionally handle this series, it sounds very draining!!

    Thank you for the review!

    I’m a new follower 🙂

  2. I’ve heard great things about Ellen Hopkins. I need to get busy reading some of her books. This one sounds like one I need to add to the list. Thanks for the review.
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  3. Just read Crank this month and really really liked it, can’t wait to read Glass!! I just know this one will make me cry again.. =(

  4. I have heard so many good things about these books, including your review, but I have an issue with novels in verse for some reason.

    Visiting from YA Addict Comment Exchange Program
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  5. I’ve always wanted to try books by Ellen Hopkins, but thus far, I still haven’t get the chance. The ones that I really want to try are Impulse and Tricks but the one you read here sounds like an impactful read all the same.


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