Title: Glass (Crank #2)
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Release Date: August 21, 2007
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Page Number: 681
Source: TBR Pile
Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it’s all the same: a monster. And once it’s got hold of you, this monster will never let you go.
Kristina thinks she can control it. 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.
The sequel to Crank, this 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.
4 out of 5 stars
This being the second book in the series, I don’t want to give away too much, but if you’ve not read anything by Ellen Hopkins you really should. Okay. So, this ending sucked a lot, but the whole book was so easy and fun to read. I’ve not read a lot of books in verse, but this makes me want to. The whole plot to this book is that Kristina is having a mental battle with herself about using glass, or meth. She is addicted to it in every way, so she goes to her friend’s house to get a fix, and meets a boy named Trey. They have a thing and end up smoking and drinking and having sex all the time. Now, Kristina was kicked out of her parent’s house because of her addiction, and her mother made her leave her baby, Hunter, with her. Kristina’s parents have custody over her baby because she’s a mess. All Kristina wants is to be loved, so when Trey shows her love, she holds onto it.
This book goes through Kristina and Trey’s journey with the monster. They are addicted, and will do anything to use glass, so they start stealing money and writing fake checks to get by. They are both at the bottom of their lives, but they don’t want to get help. They don’t want to feel better. So they get caught.
The whole story was leading up to the ending *well obviously* but I didn’t like it. I do want to read the next one immediately, so Hopkins used her powers for good, but dang. I really liked this book because you get to see the “logic” behind doing drugs. I’ve never done any drugs or really anything bad, so I kind of feel rebellious when I read these sorts of books. I know, stupid, but hey. If I get to feel a little rebellion through a book all is well.
I highly recommend reading some of Ellen Hopkins’ books because you will be hooked. They’re easy to read, and you’ll feel a little rebellious in the time being. I also want to read poetry or books in verse, if you have any recommendations for some super great ones, comment them down below!