Glass (Crank #2) by Ellen Hopkins
Published 21 August 2007
Margaret K. McElderry
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. (goodreads)
Welcome back to Kristina Snow's world. At the end of Crank, Kristina was pregnant and being pulled back from the grip of Crystal Meth. I would love to say that it worked...but then why would we need to have a second book it all ends well, right? It doesn't take Kristina long to start thinking about the monster again. After that it is a downward spiral of planning and manipulating to get her hands on her first eight ball of Glass, an even purer form of meth that is heated and inhaled and causes a high so addictive that an addict never wants to come down from it. Kristina gives up EVERYTHING for more of it. She meets Trey, falls in love and leaves her baby and family for him and the monster. We thought Kristina hit an all time low in Crank, but that is nothing to what she does in Glass. She really loses all sense of herself and falls further into the hell of addiction. 4 Stars!
I am amazed by the awesome storytelling of Ellen Hopkins. She is a very powerful writer. She pulls no punches. To take such a subject and humanize the people within it is just mind-boggling! I will forever be a fan.