Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Audiobook Review: Glass by Ellen Hopkins

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  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged 7.25 hours on 6 CDs
  • Read by: Laura Flanagan
  • Source: Borrowed audiobook from library 
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*If you have not read the first book, this review will contain spoilers for that one, but will not have spoilers for this book. The overview also contains spoilers for the first book. 
 
Overview

"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."
A sequel to "Crank," this harrowing and disturbing look at addiction finds protagonist Kristina Snow thinking she can use drugs yet control the consequences. 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 will do anything for it, including giving up the only thing that makes her truly happy.
 


My Thoughts

After finishing the first book, Crank, I was really interested to see what hell Kristina would go through in this next one. The end of the first book gave me a little hope, but I knew that The Monster still had a strong hold on her. This book made me all sorts of angry. I was so mad at Kristina, but at the same time feeling bad for her. I thought the first one was hard to listen to, this one topped that, though I didn't think this one was quite as good. It is still a very serious, dark, and emotional story. We continue to watch as Kristina slips further and further and can only hope that something will finally snap into place and help her out of this addiction and life that is going to kill her if she doesn't stop.  

Kristina is now a mother and knows she really needs to clean up her act. Unfortunately, she is totally in The Monsters grasp. She starts off thinking she will just use a little bit here and there to get her through, but she isn't strong enough to hold out. She soon becomes more wrapped up in it than ever. I find her to be very selfish and I don't know if she would be that way if it weren't for the drugs, but I thought she was even less likable in this book than the first one. She has really gone off the deep end in this one and her life is getting worse and worse. Of course the friends she makes are even worse for her since they all enable her drug use and make it even worse. The thing that I think is the worst about her behavior in this one is, she thinks because she is now eighteen she is miss responsible. She can be on her own, do what she wants... she doesn't need anyone. Well obviously she can't and things spiral way out of control. 

There is also a new guy in her life now. Trey is nice and everything, but he is addicted to The Monster too. He also goes to college in a different town. I wanted to believe that maybe they could fix each other,  but I knew they would just drag each other further down. Their relationship is really messed up too, but they do truly care for each other. It's just that they can't care for each other more than they care about The Monster. 

I won't really say much more since this is the second book, but things do get a lot worse for Kristina. As bad as things get for her, I still knew that nothing would change. The only way to stop her is for her to die from it, or to be forced away, and kept away from it. As much of a train wreck her life is and how much she brings down everyone around her. I couldn't stop listening to this book. This one I think brought out more emotions in me than the first one since there is children involved. (oh boy, my mom instincts were wanting to seriously hurt Kristina at times for how stupid and neglectful she is with not only her own child, but other children too!) It was almost too much at times for me and I was sick to my stomach at some of the situations. Once again, this book is a book about a serious issue and I truly think that it will scare people enough to not ever want to think about doing it. 4 out of 5 stars.  

18 comments:

  1. I'm not reading this because I plan on reading Crank soon so thanks for the warning. I see that you gave this one 4, so happy to see that you are continuing to enjoy this unique series!

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    1. Yeah, I didn't quite enjoy this as much as the first one, but it was a very good book. I am going to get the last one, Fallout in physical form from my library. I hope that reading verse myself instead of having it read to me won't affect how I like the book. I have never actually "read" a verse book and audio is much different.

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  2. Great review! These books are so intense but really good. I have only read Crank so far but I definitely need to read this one soon now. It's definitely a heavy book though that I plan on taking my time reading.

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    1. This one is a lot harder to read because of where the story goes. I am going to get Fallout next and will probably read her other books as well.

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  3. I loved Crank and I'm surprised I haven't read Glass yet. It's such a hard story but so incredible. And well, Hopkins' writing is so beautiful.

    I don't think addicts are very likable people, so your feelings are just. However, it's really, really difficult to understand their side of things if you haven't experienced it. We all want to smack them upside the head for making stupid decisions, but it goes so much deeper than that. So much.

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    1. Glass was harder for me to listen to than Crank. Oh, I know that it goes deeper. I have seen it first hand, though not with meth. It is very hard to watch, and no matter how much you try, you really can't do anything. That's why as much as I wanted to be mad at her family I couldn't be. And then I wanted to not like Kristina, but I really felt bad for her.

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  4. Glad you liked it. Not sure about this series. Thanks for sharing.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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    1. Thanks Valerie! It is a very tough subject.

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  5. Thanks for the spoiler alert. I really need to read this series. I just read a book yesterday about (kind of) the same subject. It was a love story, but also involved meth. I just don't feel anger towards drug addicts usually, more so pity. It's awesome that the series is inspiring strong emotions. I hope you continue.
    Great review!

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    1. I am going to get Fallout which takes place 19 years after Kristina initially got into meth. My library doesn't have the audiobook for it so I am actually going to "read" a verse novel. I hope that I can still get into it like I do with the audio. I do pity Kristina for sure, but I get so frustrated at some of the things she does which would be a major spoiler so I can't say lol!!

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  6. Ok, I didn't read it because you said not to. LOL I'll come back after I read Crank!

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  7. Whoa -- how do you listen to these so fast? Audiobooks take me two to three weeks to finish -- I listen about hour a day, five days a week.

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    1. This one wasn't a very long one, only a little over 6 hours I think. I listen when I work out and when I do housework. Sometimes I can get 2 hours or so in a day.

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  8. ooh awesome! as soon as i saw this, i was like hmm similar to Crank's cover! lol! Thanks as well for the spoiler alerts, cuz i yet have to read crank! im glad you liked it though!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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    1. I am going to get to Fallout soon. I am very invested in the story.

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  9. eek! My friend loves Ellen Hopkins so I should really start this series soon lol. I should probably start with Crank :D And I skimmed over it but I'm sorry she got even less likable. O_O I hate when characters do that *tears characters heads apart then tries to piece them together after realizing the book can't keep going with a dead character* Awesome review Amy I'm glad you liked this!

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    1. Haha! You aren't really supposed to like her though. She is messed up, the drugs are controlling her. It really was a great book.

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