Margaret K. McElderry Books

August 2013

$14.99 AU

720p pb

ISBN: 978-1442471824

fp August 2007

Part 2 of a trilogy

sequel to Crank

followed by Fallout


Ellen Hopkins

from the book...

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.


Kristina thinks she can control it. 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 needs it to feel alive.


Once again the monster takes over Kristina's life and she will do anything for it, including giving up the one person who gives her the unconditional love she craves - her baby.


The sequel to Crank, this is the continuing story of Kristina and her descent back to hell. Told in verse, it's a harrowing and disturbing look at addiction and the damage that it inflicts.

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Following on from Crank, Glass continues Kristina's story. Now with baby Hunter, Kristina is at home living with her mum and Scott. However the call of the 'monster' is not far away. She soon meets with Robyn and reconnects with her old self (Bree); she also meets Trey. Trey and Kristina hook up and soon become more that glass buddies. Kristina is kicked out of home after a series of drug fuelled episodes and moves in with Brad, Trey's cousin and a major dealer. Madly in love with Trey, Kristina's life spirals downward as she gets buzzed more and more often. Trey visits her when he can, but is that enough? Soon Brad and Kristina hook up and then Angela, Brad's estranged wife returns and things get very complicated. Kristina moves out into the arms of Trey where they get involved in major dealing. Things can only go one way from there...

This powerful story shows the grip that ice-crystal-glass can have on you and how all semblance of reality and responsibility is dissipated. Kristina's life deteriorates into one of drugs (taking and dealing) and casual sex where even her own baby takes a back seat. It is a harrowing story, told expertly in verse and the author's note at the back makes it even more compelling.

Trent, Adelaide, Australia

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