Book Review: "Glass" by Ellen Hopkins

It has been about a year and a half or so since I read the first book in this series, Crank and damn if that horror show didn’t come right back to me in the first few pages.  I love books written in verse because I always seem to become more emotionally connected somehow.  And with this being such a true and scary reality for meth addicts…  I had a sick feeling in my gut the entire time.

This book picks up not long after Crank finishes.  Kristina is home with her family and her mother is helping take care of her baby.  She has been able to keep the monster (meth) at bay…  but she’s getting restless.  She’s feeling too confined.  And she thinks that if she just has a little, she can keep it under control.  This is obviously very wrong, and it is so scary to see just how fast she spirals downward.

The thing to remember is that this series is based upon the author’s experiences as a mother to a meth-addicted daughter.  This is not some imagined scenario…  there is truth wrapped up in the words.  That is the scariest part.  There is one more book in this series, Fallout, but I think it will be awhile before I can read that one.  Fallout follows years after Glass, and deals directly with the aftereffects of Kristina’s addiction on her family – her children.  I know it is going to break my heart and make me angry, but I am going to have to read it.  Just not right now, I need to get over this one.  It is just too powerful a story and too powerful a storyteller for me to jump right back in.

by Ellen Hopkins
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2007
681 pages
Series:  Crank #2
Source:  Purchased Used

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