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Glass
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Glass
Crank Series, Book 2

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.

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.

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  • Lexile:
    600
  • Interest Level:
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  • Text Difficulty:
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    Walking with the MonsterLife was radicalright after I met                           the monster.Later, life                           became harder, complicated.Ultimately,                            a livinghell,like swimmingagainst a riptide,                           walkingthe wrongdirection in the fastlane of the freeway,                           wakingfrom sweetest dreams to find yourselfin the middle of a                           nightmare.You Know My StoryDon't you? All about                                          my diveinto the lair of the monsterdrug some people call crank.Crystal. Tina. Ice.How a summer visitto my dad sent me                                          intothe arms of a boy -- ahot-bodied hunk, myvery first love, who ledme down the path to                                          insanity.How I came home                                          no longerKristina Georgia Snow, gifted high school junior, totaldweeb, and                                          perfect daughter, butinstead a stranger who called herself Bree.How, no matter how hard                                           Kristinafought her, Breewas stronger, brighter,better equipped to dealwith a world where everything moved at lightspeed, everyone mired in ego. Where "everyday"                                          becameanother wordfor making love with                                           the monster.It Wasn't a Long ProcessI went to my dad's in June, met Adam  the very first day. It took some time     to pry him from his girlfriend's grasp.     But within two weeks, he introduced       me to the monster. One time was all          it took to want more. It's a roller-     coaster ride. Catch the downhill              thrill, you want to ride again,                enough to endure the long,                 hard climb back up again.                In days, I was hooked on          Adam, tobacco, and meth,               in no particular order. But              all summer vacations must              end. I had to come home to              Reno. And all my new bad              habits came with me. It was             a hella speed bump, oh yeah.      Until I hurt for it, I believed            I could leave the crystal behind.             But the crash-and-burn was more            than I could take. When the jet landed,             I was still buzzed from a good-bye binge.     My family crowded round me at the airport,     discussing summer plans and celebration  dinners,      and all I wanted to do was skip off for  another snort.         Mom kept trying to feed me. My stepfa- ther, Scott, kept         trying to ask questions about my visit  with Dad. My   big sister, Leigh, wanted to talk about  her new girlfriend,            and my little brother, Jake, kept  going on about soccer.             It didn't take long to figure out I  was in serious trouble.  Not the Kind of TroubleYou might think I'm talking about. I was pretty            sure I could get away with            B.S.ing Mom and Scott.             I'd always been such a good           girl, they wouldn't make thejump to "bad" too quickly.Especially not if I stayed cool.           I wasn't worried about            getting busted at school or on the street. I'd only justbegun my walk with the monster.I still had meat on my bones,the teeth still looked good.           I didn't stutter yet. My mouth           could still keep up with my brain.No, the main thing I worriedabout was how I could score           there, at home. I'd never even           experimented with pot, let alone           meth. Where could I go?           Who could I trust...
    
About the Author-
  • Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven young adult novels, as well as the adult novels Triangles, Collateral, and Love Lies Beneath. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at EllenHopkins.com and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsLit. For more information on Ventana Sierra, go to VentanaSierra.org.
Reviews-
  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 13, 2007
    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.

  • School Library Journal

    September 1, 2007
    Gr 9 Up-Kristina Snow was a 17-year-old with high grades and a loving family. In "Crank" (S & S, 2004), one summer in California with a meth-addicted boyfriend destroys her life. Addicted, she's raped, and goes back home to Reno pregnant. "Glass" picks up a year later. She lives with her mother and works at a 711. Depressed about her post-baby figure, she goes back on speed to lose weight. Her mother kicks her out and gains custody of the baby. She continues to spiral to the last page, which sets readers up for a third novel. "Glass" is even more terrifying than "Crank" in its utter hopelessness; meth's power is permanent and Kristina is an addict whether she uses or not. Though her recount of events in the first book is dry and self-indulgent, the pace snowballs as soon as she takes her first toke of rock meth, and one desperate, horrifying measure or decision follows another. Like "Crank", this title is written in verse, but certainly not poetry. Hopkins's writing is smooth and incisive, but her fondness for seemingly random forms is distracting and adds little to the power of the narrative. Minor characters are flat, and Kristina's overblown self-pity elicits little empathy. The author tries but fails to present meth itself as a character; her descriptions of "the monster" are precious and overwritten. Kristina's story is terrible, and even when she's high, the narrative voice and mood are sobering. Teens, including reluctant readers, may appreciate the spare style and realism of Kristina's unhappy second chapter."Johanna Lewis, New York Public Library"

    Copyright 2007 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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