Glass by Ellen Hopkins

glass1When we last left Kristina/Bree in Crank, she had just given birth to her son, Hunter, and was optimistic that she could leave “the monster” behind and be a good mother to her son. But, funny thing about addictions, they’re just that – addicting. Glass makes a point of explaining – showing – what it means to be addicted to “the monster.”

“Walking with the Monster

was radical
right after I met
the monster.
Later, life
harder, complicated.
a living
like swimming
against a riptide,
the wrong
direction in the fast
lane of the freeway,
from sweetest
dreams to find yourself
in the middle of a
nightmare.” (pg. 1)

Kristina’s life becomes a downward spiral and, as Glass progresses, she stops being a “casual user” and becomes a full fledged drug addict.  About three months after Hunter is born, Kristina starts using again, stops working towards her GED, starts ignoring her baby, and spends her time getting high and trying to find someone to love her. She supports her habit, her single attempt at being a mother, and her boyfriend’s addiction by selling the very thing she’s using. As the story progresses, her mother and stepfather kick her out of their house and file for sole custody of Hunter.

While Glass helps to answer some lingering questions left over from the end of Crank, it reads more like a filler book – one that moves you from Point A to Point B – and doesn’t provide as much insight as it does just one awful experience after another. And Glass‘ plot is like Crank all over again, right down to the ending. There’s still a bit of a twist, but I feel that was added as a segway to the story that will be told in the third book. {There better be a third book…I hope there’s a third book.} Glass is still a well-written book and I’m absolutely enamored with Hopkins’ use of free verse, but it’s simply not as good as Crank.

Heads up, one of the things I learned after reading Crank was the fact that with some of Hopkins’ poems, if you read the single words on the far side of the page downward, they form another sentence, another thought. For example, the quote of above also reads: “the monster became a living walking waking nightmare.”

Glass echoes this sentiment with all 688 of its pages.

Book Mentioned:

  • Hopkins, Ellen. Glass. New York: Margaret K. McElderry, 2007. Print. 688 pgs. ISBN: Source: Library.
Book Cover © Margaret K. McElderry. Retrieved: February 13, 2009.

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