Sunday, July 5, 2009

Glass by Ellen Hopkins is the follow up to Crank. It continues the story of Kristina (and Bree) as she plummets further into the addiction of Crystal Meth, making choices that have more far-reaching consequences.

Initially, I wasn't sure if I liked this. The verse that was so amazing in Crank felt a little forced here. The narration in the first few pages felt more like regular prose trying to be played off as poetry, but with still only a few lines per page. The writing improved over the pages, though, and threw me back into the dizzying world I was introduced to in Crank. I had some immensely negative thoughts about this story, but this is a compliment to Hopkins's ability to draw the reader into Kristina's world and addiction. Listening in to Kristina's thoughts and decision making angered and disgusted me. I work in the field of child welfare and have worked with many individuals just like Kristina with whom I have had to empathize. This book didn't make me any more sympathetic to the plight of these parents; if anything, it showed me how many times Kristina had the opportunity to turn her life around and continued to make the wrong choices. I wanted to scream at her and shake sense into her. But I cheered on the mother at doing what she needed to do to protect her family. So many families inadvertently enable their family members to keep using by trying to be supportive in other ways. The mother in this book does a great job of not doing that, while still trying to remain supportive when possible. The ability of an author to elicit such emotions from a reader signifies a great writer and story-teller, and Ellen Hopkins does just that! As frustrated as I became while reading this, I look forward to her other books!


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