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

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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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  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.

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    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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  1. […] the point of view of Kristina, but rather her children. This book is set 20 years after the end of Glass.  The story alternates between Hunter, Summer, and Autumn, each child has a different father, but […]

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