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Glassby Ellen Hopkins
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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.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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.
About the Author
Hopkins, while writing for a Lake Tahoe newspaper, she discovered many exciting things and fascinating people. She lives near Carson City, NV.
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