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Book Title: Glass
Author: Ellen Hopkins
# of pages: 681
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry; (August 21, 2007)

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 gell. Told in verse, it’s a harrowing and disturbing look at addiction and the damage that it inflicts.

I’ve been wanting to read “Glass” for awhile now after reading the other Hopkins’ verse novels except for “Identical.”

Ellen Hopkins’ writing is truly neat; I love the way the words when there’s two paragraphs and one side only has one word and if you read them down, it makes complete sense. It must be hard to do that and make sense with the paragraph reading also, so that’s pretty amazing to me. The story really does scare me a little with all the drugs and realizing it truly is an addiction. I didn’t know that Crank/Glass were kind of based on Hopkins’ daughter’s choices. Meaning Hopkins’ wrote those books writing in her older daughter’s perspective and choices and whys. Ahh, this is really giving me the chills!

And it [Glass] was surprisingly thrilling with insane chills over the hard times through Kristina’s journey with the monster.

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