Monday, April 20, 2009

Glass by Ellen Hopkins

****Glass by Ellen Hopkins****

Originality- 17/20
Characters- 18/20
Remembrance- 7/10
Quote-ability- 7/10
Entertainment- 19/20
Ending- 8/10
Recommend to read- 8/10
TOTAL- 84/100
Grade- B

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.

Just like Crank, Glass rendered me speechless. Glass was full of such raw truth that we are able to come to realize and that Kristina might not ever see. I was proud of Kristina in the beginning when I learned that she cleaned up and is actually taking care of her baby. But then of course I had to watch her spiral out of control, which made me really angry at her. She should have know that she couldn't stat in control. That though was pretty much the only time that I could be mad at the real Kristina almost every other action of hers was a result of the drugs.

For the first time I really started to understand her addiction. It was sad to see that Kristina thought that she could "control" her addiction, but I suppose that's how most addicts think. It was hard for me to read about every one of Kristina's mistakes and knowing the consequences would be bad. I was constantly worried about the safety of her baby when he was in Kristina's care.

When you're deep inside Kristina's mind you can sympathize with her and dislike her mother, but in reality her mom is one of the few people trying to keep her grounded. Overall I think that Glass was a fantastic sequel to Crank and I can't wait to see how the story will end in the third and final book of the trilogy titled Fallout.



Anonymous said...

Great review!

Anonymous said...

I loved Glass. It was so riveting and truthful. The depth Ellen goes into helps the reader understand just what she's trying to portray in Kristina. It made me angry that she was leaving Hunter behind. I kinda felt guilty myself. It felt like I was the character. Isntead of her just being fictional. That's how much I got into the book. I felt like I knew Kristina. Ellen did a great job on this one. I cant for Fallout. The last Kristina book. =D

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