Summer Reading Essay

586 WordsJan 13, 20133 Pages
Glass Kristina Snow is suffering from an addiction to meth and she struggles with it until she gives in and the “monster,” as she refers to it, takes her under again and she slowly loses everything, including her family and her baby. The book ends with her and her boyfriend being thrown into jail for possession, transportation, and intent to distribute meth. She also finds out she is pregnant with his baby. The tone the author uses for Kr.istina’s voice is very scattered from the beginning, when she is suffering from withdrawal, when she is high, and when she is crashing by the end of the novel. Glass is the 2nd novel in the Crank trilogy by Ellen Hopkins. The entire book is told from her point of view and there is an obvious differentiation from the beginning to the end. At the beginning she may be short with her family and son at times but she is also focused and determined to make a better life for her and her son. Then she gives back in and she comes across more relaxed, if a little hyper, and at first very careful and controlled with her usage. Then she begins to deteriorate. Kristina becomes much frazzled, and pays less attention to her surroundings and responsibilities. She gets irrationally angry at her mom and stepdad, as well as her son. It becomes obvious to her family that she has given back in to meth because she neglects her son more and doesn’t follow through on her promises. At one point her mom threatens to kick her out and when she finally does Kristina goes to live with her boyfriend’s cousin. He also happens to be her dealer, so Kristina is just sent towards the monster. She quickly descends into further madness when she starts thinking there are bugs on her and starts picking at her skin. Kristina’s boyfriend, Trey, is away at college seemingly put together despite his addiction, and whenever he comes to visit it sends Kristina into a

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