Glass by Ellen Hopkins: A Review

Don’t read if you have not read the book, this may give too much information away.

Ever think you are in control only to find out that you are not and you are in way over your head?

Have you ever been pressured to do something you know is wrong, but think to yourself that one try will not hurt until you are addicted and cannot find a way out?

Well, that is the life that Kristina Georgia Snow has everyone follow in Glass written by Ellen Hopkins.

Glass is the continuing story of Crank. Crank is about a teenager who tries crank for the first time and falls in love with the monster. The book ends with the teen is pregnant with the baby of the man who raped her.

Glass picks up shortly after the teenager named Kristina, also known as Bree, has the baby. She is not even 18 years old yet. She names the baby Hunter. For a while she had given up on the monster, to save her life and the baby’s. However a few short months later she crawls back to the monster. One way includes lying to her family.

When she goes back to the monster, she meets Trey. A roommate of a friend who would become the love of her life.

However, one day being left alone with Hunter, things take a turn for the worse. She falls asleep and Hunter rolls under a chair and gets hurt. Kristina gets kicked out of her own home, and she is not allowed to take her own child.

She goes to live with Trey’s cousin Brad and his two children; Latreya and Devon. The two girls do not like the fact that Kristina lives with them, because she is not in fact their mother. Eventually their mother does come back and Kristina is forced to leave.

This time after much convincing and a loss of what to do, Kristina

and Trey get their own apartment, but are poor and the only way they can keep the place is to steal money and deal meth, to pay back their dealer so they can get more meth to sale.

Eventually they also are forced to leave their apartment where they make the choice of living in their car and eating only food like McDonald’s.

Sleeping off a monster buzz, they get pulled over by a cop for parking somewhere they are not supposed to. The cop asks to search the car, to find a lockbox full of meth. Kristina’s mother also turned them in for stealing from her.

As the author states in the end of the book, Kristina and Trey will no longer share an apartment, a car, a bed, a pipe, a cigarette, a kiss, promises, dreams or vows. The only thing they will share is a baby. That is, if they get out of jail in time.

I hope you all enjoyed this book as much as I did. Ellen Hopkins is a terrific writer. Her books are so raw, so real and full of truth.

Take care all.

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  1. Lexus
    Posted July 12, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    The ending was so sad,
    I almost cried,
    She should have got
    all the good things, you know?

  2. ashley
    Posted July 14, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    i havent read the book yet and i know i shouldnt have read this either if i didnt read the book.when i read the book crank i almost cried,it was so good.what the hell happened to chase i miss him.

  3. Veronica
    Posted July 21, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    This book is awsome. I read Crank and also loved it. The book Glass does talk about drugs and sex and uses bad words but if your child is 14 or older they should read it. It really makes you take a good look at life.

  4. abbie
    Posted November 6, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    these books are outstanding and everyone should read these.

    maybe it will teach people that drugs are bad.

    but seriously these books are just amazing. i love how you can read these two books 2 different ways.

    and just like veronica said, it does give you a good look at life. it changed mine a bit.

  5. Ashlee
    Posted December 4, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    This book so far has been amazing.
    I am reading it now. Each page makes me want to keep reading to find out wat happens. I recomend any teenage child should read any of the books Ellen Hopkins has wrote,(Crank, Glass, Impulse, or Burned.) They all have a different outlook on life that any child could look up to

  6. giannina
    Posted December 6, 2008 at 10:01 am

    all her books are great but i wanna no what happens to kristina after Glass

  7. mel,
    Posted December 9, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    lexus, she got what she deserved i gues…

  8. natalie
    Posted February 9, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    seriously now come on; what happened to chase??

  9. syriah
    Posted February 10, 2009 at 8:59 am

    I’m a 15 yr. old student at a highscool and I read 3 books so far by ellen hopkins. Alls i can say is amazing. I loved all three, Go Ask Alice, Crank, and Glass. All 3 books teach you about how easily hard drugs like that can mess you up and ruin your life before you know it. Before she knew she was in a hole, it was to late. I would recomend these to anyone.Love it.
    Take care,Peaceeee

  10. Bonnie.
    Posted February 10, 2009 at 11:26 am

    ^^^^Syriah. Just saying that Go Ask Alice isn’t by Ellen Hopkins. Actually it was created from a journal of an anonomyous writer growing up in the 70s.

  11. kennady
    Posted February 16, 2009 at 10:37 am

    I have read crank, and im about to start reading glass. I cant wait to see what all happens to christina, i agree with everyone else teenagers should defenitly read this book. its changed the way i look at the world.

  12. Chelsea
    Posted February 19, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    So all of you keep asking what happened to Chase. If you payed close attention it tells you in Glass what happened to him. He decided to move to California to go to college, and decided to stay there. Kristina never heard from him after this, and through her long walk with the monster, she was walking down a crowded street one day and ran into him…and his new wife. He had found a woman while at school and fell in love with her. They got married and were expecting a child. His new wife however mentioned that Chase talked about Kristina alot. He gave her a friendly hug, and they disappeared into the crowd again..

  13. Brigdet
    Posted March 3, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    great book.
    i loved it:D
    it’s killing knowing i’m not going to know
    what happend with the new pregnancy and kristina/bree’s
    jail life.

  14. kimmi
    Posted March 4, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    i really liked both of the books crank and glass.
    very easy, fast reading that captures you.

    although i was disappointed in the ending of glass. i want to know what happens to kristina, hunter, trey, and her new baby. it just kinda..ended. not so good.

    but i am planning on reading the others that ellen hopkins wrote. i love her style and the type of stories that she writes. she is ingenious.

  15. #15 by Timmy, March 10, 2009
    Posted March 10, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Ya i read crank it was soo awsome i hardly ever read books but some said it was good so i tried it and i love it i am 12 i liked it because i can really relate to it it can really give u a good look at lifei really wanna read glass but they took the books out of the library at school :0 so im gonna try to go to our city library to read it :D

  16. Annaleigh
    Posted March 28, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I love her books even though i only read crank and glass. i am disappointing in the ending. i didn’t really get it. Like, what rally happened? So kristina is pregnant with trey’s child, and they are both in jail…and then what? What happens to every one else? Hunter, her mom, scott, leigh, jake….? I would have liked it better if she gave us a better ending but it was good though, i like it.

  17. isabella
    Posted April 21, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    i read crank and it was amazing i loved it
    im going to start glass as soon as i get my hands on it.
    i was readind this and i cant help but wonder what the heck happened to chase?
    does she talk about him at all???

  18. Annaleigh
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 10:24 am

    well in glass you will know what happens to chase. As you read the book it will tell you.

  19. meredith
    Posted May 2, 2009 at 11:21 am

    these two books(crank and glass) are just amazing!!!!!!!!!!
    I can’t wait to read ellen hopkins other books-identical, burned, and impulse.

  20. kayla
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    i just got done with crank and glass they were the best books ever!!!!!! but i want to know what happen to trey and kristina/bree. i also wanted to know how hunter grew up and if he knew the things he mother did

  21. Katelyn(:
    Posted May 13, 2009 at 11:22 am

    ok, so i read both CRANK and GLASS. Both are amazing and i love them both. i wish there was more after FALLOUT–the next one coming out, supposebly 2010. But, if FALLOUT covers everything and closes it, i guess i’ll be okay with it. i just can’t see the series stop… they are SOOOO good. i love ellen’s writing style and how she “keeps it real” with whatever she says. she deffinately doesn’t sugarcoat anything, and she shouldn’t. everyone needs to know what’s out there… and all this stuff she is talking about, IS IN FACT, out there. and just because people deny it, doesn’t mean it’s going to go away.

  22. Macy
    Posted May 19, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    i loved these books
    they’re so sad but so real
    i wish she’d make another about
    her life in jail, or after..
    :D

  23. @sassy aussie@.......
    Posted May 20, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    my friend TAYLOR MITCHELL AKA TAYTOR TOT :D told me about this book. i went to the library and checked out the book when i read it i fell in LOVE with it. I wish she will make another book.
    -i
    -feel
    -soooooooooooo
    -sorry
    -for
    -her:(

  24. soccer gurr chelse@..........
    Posted May 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    cOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOl book. i agree with you girl she should write another book.
    @#$%&*!”soccer gurrr”@!#$%&*

  25. Haley
    Posted May 23, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I loved both Crank and Glass. They are addictive.
    As for Chase, it says somewhere that Kristina sees him again; he is married with kids.

    I agree with some of you; the book did not end well. I think that’s the point: nothing will end well when drugs are involved.

  26. Jeremy
    Posted July 9, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I have read this book like 3 times, and
    it never gets old. This is deffinetly one of the best books ive read. Its so easy to read too! lol

    I deffinetly recommend this book to any teens,
    even if you dont relate.

    PEACE!

  27. Norjddjx
    Posted August 13, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Ok people, glass is not the last kristina book. Fallout by ellen hopkins is coming out 2010 and it’s going to be the last book in the crank series. I hope kristina gets out of jail and has the baby then goes to rehab then she can get her baby back and her other baby hunter. I personally think her mom is sick because she kicked her daughter out when she needed help. I love these books. Highly recommend them to anyone who loves teen drama

  28. kelsie
    Posted November 4, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Is there going to be another book!!!!!

    i want to read it

  29. Posted December 11, 2009 at 10:52 am

    I thought the ending was good, but i also wanted more Im so anxious for Fallout to come out in 2010. Life isn’t always a happy ending as she wrote, its more reality and what really can happen.

  30. Colin
    Posted December 14, 2009 at 11:24 am

    i have read crank, glass, & inpulse these books are insane. they teach you about what drugs can do to you. i cant wait to read the rest of these books. but seriously what happens to kristina after she gets out of jail is what i wanna know…

  31. Kate
    Posted January 19, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    omg i just found out that there’s another book coming out. very excited !!! i read all her books, crank, glass, impulse, identical, burned and now im almost done reading tricks. the best author ever !!!!

  32. Jamie
    Posted January 27, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    The books Crank and Glass deffinately made me take a good look at everything that could happen when your hooked on drugs. I’m still young and never got involed with that kind of stuff and now i do not intend to. These books were actually two that i wanted to read and i thought they were exellent!! I can’t wait for Fallout to get published!!

  33. Neisha
    Posted February 3, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Although very well written… I do think it might glorify drug use a bit. Don’t get me wrong- terribly sad things happen but I can imagine some teenagers seeing it as a more exciting life. Like hey, if I do that maybe my life will be more exciting and I’ll have hot guys all over me and bah…
    Anyway, I love all her books. She’s an amazing writter. (very creative & is great at making you feel what the character is feeling) (:

  34. Randi
    Posted February 10, 2010 at 11:30 am

    this book made me realize how much I need my little sister and family in my life.
    Nothing is worth the price of pushing my family away and then not being able to see good skies or green grass because you caught with illegal drugs.
    Kristina is very stupid in this book.
    The book is amazing! I just couldn’t stop reading it.
    I think i read it like in 3 hours total. Very good book and i liked it lots!

  35. giggles
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    thiz book iz amazinqqly qood ,
    i love all yhur bookz yuh have real talent keep uhp the qood work :)

  36. Troublez
    Posted March 24, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Wow, after reading these books it always makes me think twice about trying things. These are the best books to read and i just can’t until fallout is in store!!! Ellen Hopkins is the best writer i have read books on.

  37. Rachael
    Posted April 5, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I Love the books se wrtes. evan though i am only 13 i can relate to her. this is my favorite book that she has ever writen =)

  38. Rylee
    Posted May 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    This book inspired me alot. Knowing that some people actually go through this breaks my heart. This is definatly a book that I would read with Crank again and again. People who haven’t read it should read it, Even if you need this summary for a school project or something :P yes, I have done it before too.

  39. Rylee
    Posted May 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Chase got married to a girl , and Kristina saw him on the side of the road, The girl was pregnant (:

  40. Georgia
    Posted May 27, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    How do u know what happend to chase. i haven’t finished reading Glass yet but it is SO good. I cried.

  41. dallas
    Posted June 6, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    can’t wait for the last book of the sequel , FALLOUT !
    coming in september ! :D
    love ellen hopkins work

  42. SkyyBlu
    Posted June 24, 2010 at 11:19 am

    I love this book i read it about 5 or 6 time already it was sad and just kool!

  43. Liz
    Posted September 18, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    New book– Fallout by Ellen Hopkins.
    its is actualy the 3rd book.
    after Crank and Glass.
    I just started it today, but it seems great!!!!
    It is writen by Kristena’s 3 children…yea, there was a 3rd.
    you find out about her 2nd baby. and Hunter. they all are grown up and are teenagers. Hunter is not 19, so that must make Kristina like..30 something… a lot has changed, and i can’t wait to find out what happens!!!

  44. Marina Hermann
    Posted October 25, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    i absolutely love this book! crank and glass! they make me never ever want to try drugs let alone think about it. kristina’s father is horrible for getting her into all that, but its also her fault as well.
    CANT wait for the next book!

  45. Alexa
    Posted November 3, 2010 at 9:44 am

    She should write a book like when Hunter grows up from his perspective (his older perspective, of course)

  46. Posted November 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    She did, in Fallout. It’s out right now.

  47. Posted December 2, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    i hated the book it had a HORRIBLE ending and i do not know if i want to read any others. if any body knows if the other books are better PLEASE!!!! feel free to tell me……

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  49. Gia
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    How was characterization shown in this book?

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