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Glass
by Ellen Hopkins


Overview - Based on true events, this sequel to "Crank" continues the story of Kristina and her descent back to hell. Told in verse, the book presents a harrowing and disturbing look at addiction and the damage that it inflicts.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Based on true events, this sequel to "Crank" continues the story of Kristina and her descent back to hell. Told in verse, the book presents a harrowing and disturbing look at addiction and the damage that it inflicts.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781416940906
  • ISBN-10: 1416940901
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publish Date: August 2007
  • Page Count: 681
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 69.
  • Review Date: 2007-08-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Hopkins's hard-hitting free-verse novel, a sequel, picks up where Crank left off. Kristina now lives in her mother's Reno home with her baby, but constantly dreams of “getting/ high. Strung. Getting/ out of this deep well/ of monotony I'm/ slowly drowning in.” When her former connection turns her on to “glass”: “Mexican meth, as/ good as it comes. maybe 90 percent pure,” Kristina quickly loses control again. She gets kicked out of her house after her baby gets hurt on her watch, starts dealing for the Mexican Mafia (“No problem. I'll play straight/ with them. Cash and carry”) and eventually even robs her mother's house with her equally addicted boyfriend. The author expertly relays both plot points and drug facts through verse, painting Kristina's self-narrated self-destruction through clean verses (“My face is hollow-/cheeked, spiced with sores”). She again experiments with form, sometimes writing two parallel poems that can be read together or separately (sometimes these experiments seem a bit cloying, as in “Santa Is Coming,” a concrete poem in the shape of a Christmas tree). But in the end, readers will be amazed at how quickly they work their way through this thick book—and by how much they learn about crystal meth and the toll it takes, both on addicts and their families. Ages 14-up. (Aug.)

 
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