The Second book in the Crank series, sadly. I haven’t read the first one! My mistake. Sorry for the late posting.
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Glass by Ellen Hopkins
Synopsis From The Book
One little bit, my heart revs
high, then settles into quick-
step mode. How I’ve missed
that race and pound. How
I’ve missed the lack of control.
Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it’s all the same: a monster. Kristina thinks she can control it. Now with a baby to care for, she is determined to be the one deciding when and how much, the one calling the shots. But the monster is strong, and before she knows it, Kristina is back in its grip…and it won’t let go.
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
My friend recommended this book to me from forever ago. She recently gifted me her old copy (coverless and water damaged, what a combination). It looks like it’ll read like poetry, so maybe I’ll get through it quick? Who knows. Best of luck for me. Hopes that this book is great.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
Technically this is the second book in the series, which I probably should have looked up but didn’t bother to do. It was a good book regardless. I didn’t feel like I was missing any of the details because it was all pretty well explained before. It makes me want to read the first and the next book in the series.
Following the events of Crank. Kristina has a baby named Hunter. After being clean from meth for a short while, she returns to its caress on purpose. While doing so she meets a guy named Trey. She takes the drugs, returns home, and becomes an addict once more. She refuses to take her GED, gets a job, gets kicked out of her house, ends up living with Trey’s relatives, gets kicked out of there, and ultimately is arrested by the police with Trey for drug felonies and money fraud. At the end of the book she is going to prison.
What I Liked:
Form; Its styled in free-verse poetry, which makes it easy to read but slows me down. The form allows for the personal thoughts to come across stronger and more thought like. Spacing, italics, details of retelling a story from one’s own perspective but done in a manner that is concise and consistent.
Thought; Kristina’s thoughts come across in a tangible sort of manner, allowing the reader to step into her shoes whether they want to or not. One is fully immersed in her world and her decisions, knowing how she views things and the questions she asks herself… much in the way thoughts are.
Character; For having not read the first book, I thought the characters were well developed and well portrayed. I understood their motivation and physicality. They were real people captured onto the pages as told by a specific girl’s story.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
Nothing on the book, I just wish I had read the first one first. If I had done my research before hand… The only reason I did not was because I didn’t want to spoil myself with the plot, which often happens when I look up details. I read too much. It was my fault. No one else’s.
Time Taken To Read
2hr 5min; which is a long time but this book was massive, so I accept it.
I was too caught up that I didn’t even bother to take notes on quotes.
The following is not my copy, because it looks like a mess but an image off online.