Glass

Book review by
Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Intense poems of meth addiction; read with teens.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 60 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

The life-altering consequences of Kristina's actions are very clear. Parents can use this book to talk about drugs and addiction. 

Positive Messages

The consequences of Kristina's choices to do drugs are made painfully obvious and they don't end just because the book does.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kristina lies, steals, and neglects her young son -- all so she can keep doing drugs. It's hard to define anyone with a drug problem as a role model, but the lessons she learns will have a profound effect on teens. 

Violence
Sex

Some fairly graphic depictions of sex, including a first orgasm and other mature references. Kristina's boyfriend doesn't mind when he finds her in bed with his cousin. By the end of the book, Kristina is pregnant again.

Language

The mature subject matter is matched with plenty of mature language, including "f--k," "s--t," etc.

Consumerism

7-Eleven and McDonald's are mentioned, but not in a glamorous light.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Kristina's addiction to crystal meth is at the center of this story. She not only uses the drug constantly, but also deals it for the Mexican Mafia.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this book is about a girl's drug addiction: Not only does Kristina use meth constantly, but eventually she also deals it for the Mexican Mafia. There are some fairly graphic depictions of sex, including a first orgasm and having sex with more than one partner. Kristina's drug use gets her kicked out of the house; eventually she loses custody of her young son and begins committing crimes to support her habit (even robbing her mother). By the end of the book, Kristina is pregnant again.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 year old Written bybethaney1983 March 17, 2011
I loved this book series don't think it for children under sixteen I my self was blown away and I have seen some stuff in my life. This book has a message... Continue reading
Parent of a 4 year old Written bymotherof1-2 May 13, 2011

Perfect for 15+

I loved it. i plan on reading it to mi daughter plenty of times as a way to teacher her the consequences of her actions. the book is a very good teaching tool
Teen, 16 years old Written bycreativewriter1234 October 24, 2011

Good book for teens and adults

It's definitely a good book, and a good conversation starter. It helps teens to look at the real consequences of substance abuse and allows for them to tal... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byRabbit2erinbumpus January 5, 2010

good for teens it can get the message about drugs and sex acrossed

I think the book is good but it is horrible how she abandons a kid and then is pregnant by the end . It is bab because she is a drug addict .

What's the story?

This is a sequel to Hopkins' popular Crank, a book she based on her daughter's battle with the drug. This installment is also told through spare verse, and it also centers on Kristina. At the beginning of the book, Kristina gets back into methamphetamine -- smoking a higher grade called Glass -- and quickly loses control, starting a new dangerous downward spiral. This time around things are much darker for Kristina. She is kicked out of her home, loses custody of her infant son, and eventually begins committing crimes with her addict boyfriend in order to support their habits.

Is it any good?

While young readers may be drawn in by the titillating material, Hopkins just has a remarkable gift for conveying lots of story, character, and emotion through her simple lines. Readers will find themselves caring for Kristina and her family, even though they know she is doomed.

Hopkins' daughter is a recovering meth addict and this book is based on her experiences -- another fact that may draw teen fans. Of course, careful readers will understand that Hopkins is making a point about addictions: It doesn't end when the book does.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of the series. If your kids read her first book, Crank, they can compare and contrast the two -- did they learn anything new about Kristina, her family, or drug abuse?

  •  Hopkins' books are controversial -- and often challenged. Should teens be allowed to read whatever they want? If not, who should decide what's appropriate?

Book details

For kids who love mature stories

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