Glass, another edgy book by Ellen Hopkins is on the shelves and provides a powerful punch as the sequel to Crank. Recovering meth head Kristina is now back at home with her mother, stepfather and brother in Reno. She has her new baby to care for, but Kristina is still drawn to the dangerous drug crystal methamphetamine, which she calls the “monster”. The monster takes over her thoughts and decisions. She is always craving it. She barely makes it to her son’s baptism after a night of partying with her estranged father and his girlfriend.
A year ago Kristina was a junior in high school with college and career ahead of her. She had a loving, supportive family surrounding her. But when she starts using the drug, she shatters the lives of her family and endangers her son. The crystal meth brings out an angry alter-ego, Brie, who is a voice of evil that Kristina must keep quiet.
What is she willing to give up so she can get more, have more, and use more of the monster? It seems like everything. Written as first-person narrative, we get to read what is happening inside her mind and travel along with her on the downward spiral.
Note: You will want to read Crank before reading Glass, but it’s not necessary because the author fills in the details.
The most interesting part of reading Hopkins’ books is her writing style. The story is written in verse with much consideration to the design and spacing of the words on the page. Hopkins’ short, fat books hold incredible stories and are always a fascinating read.
Glass is a nominee for the 2008 Teens’ Top Ten. To read more about the Teens’ Top Ten program, click here. To request this book from the library, click here. And don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 12-18, 2008.
Review by Andrea Purdy from East Regional Library.