January 14, 2011

Review - Glass by Ellen Hopkins

Description from goodreads

"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."

It took me a little longer to get through Glass than it did to read Crank. I was just so frustrated by Kristina's decisions and actions in this book. I just wanted to slap her across the face and tell her, "Get a grip! You have a child!" But as her addiction grew stronger and stronger, Kristina turned her back on everyone she loved. Kristina wanted to be a good mother, but it became clear that her baby was not safe with her. Kristina's new boyfriend, Trey, is also an addict, and together they go on a downward spiral into a life of addiction and crime. This dark, gritty, and heartbreaking book shows the consequences of addiction and just how quickly you can lose everything. There is a shocking cliffhanger ending, so I will definitely be reading Fallout to see how everything turns out for Kristina and her family. 


Missie said...

Hey Super!

Well, I have yet to read Crank, but I've heard the praises.

Seems like Kristina's actions, frustrating as it may have been, where the point.

Can't wait to start this series. I'm prepare by locking myself in a room so no one will notice when I scream at the books. ;)

Katie said...

Oh gosh, this just sounds SO SAD! Particularly because it's probably a true story for a lot of people. I know I've said this a million times, but I really need to read Ellen Hopkins. Thanks for a thoughtful review!

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