Listen to the sequel, Glass.
©2004 Ellen Hopkins; (P)2008 HighBridge Company
"Hopkins writes in free-verse poems that paint painfully sharp images...detailing how powerful the "monster" can be. The poems are masterpieces of word, shape, and pacing, compelling readers on to the next chapter in Kristina's spiraling world." (School LIbrary Journal)
This duo was well written and eye opening. I listened to it because my 14 year old read "Crank." I do not think that these books are for that age group. I highly recommend that you listen to these books prior to allowing your kids read them. In my opinion these books are for older teens 17 and up. Nothing against these books as I said they are very good just a little too much info for kids under 17, especially "Glass."
Very, very captivating.
Bree. She's very saucy!
Kristina. At first I didn't like her as Kristina (In my head she sounded very different), but I soon came around. She does a great job!
Yes. Unfortunately I could not, but I returned when I could.
I really enjoyed this book. I finished it just under two days. I usually hate reading, but with the format of the book I found it a lot easier to comprehend and get through it without getting bored. I was expecting it to be deeper though. I read reviews and comments on the book online and people were saying how they couldn't get halfway through the book due to how deep it was. I was perfectly fine though. Towards the end of the book I almost shed a tear, but managed to hold it together. The book is very amazing and touching and I recommend it to anyone willing to read it.
Ellen Hopkins is an amazing author. This is the second time I've read this book (the first time was in high school) her words are poetic and beautiful and she never fails to tell an amazing, sad, yet heart warming story.
the book in itself was riveting & keep me drawn in . but the narrator was robotic almost . it was hard to keep listening in the beginning.
This book, just wasn't quite my cup of tea. It was ok, and it did tell me about the addict, but this type of book, is not my usual. It was well written, however and most people may like it.
For all of you reviewers out there, I want you to know how important you are to me. Reviews are very powerful. Thought you should know.
I'd heard nothing about this book or the author prior to investing a credit, but the title and synopsis sounded intriguing. Now having wasted 4+ hrs. listening to it, I can report without hesitation that there is nothing worthy of intrigue here. The writing is bizarre, particularly the initial chapters, consisting of nonsensical metaphors, mixed metaphors, and similes, as if the "assignment" was to construct a work of fiction with "X" number of literary devices contained within, regardless of the appropriateness of said devices. Then add to this confusing word salad the cadence, which is strangely poetical in nature, rather than literary. Two- and three-word sentences abound, and the choppiness is both distracting and obnoxious.
Regarding the plot, who cares? The main character, a teenaged girl, is never fully developed and to wit, I was never able to truly empathize with her. Her friends, especially "Buddy"/"Adam", are more caricatures of humans rather than fully human, as are her parents, siblings and everyone else in the cast. My basic rule of thumb is, if I don't "buy" the characters, I'm certainly not going to buy anything that happens to them. And I didn't.
I actually made it all the way to the end, but only because it's approx. 4 hrs. in length. If it had lasted any longer, I'd have shelved it permanently following the concluding sentence of Chap. 1. I hoped, of course, that it would get better. It doesn't. If you're in the market for a novel that depicts teenaged experimentation with street drugs that grabs your attention, this is not that book. This is, unfortunately, amateurish shlock that will only succeed in boring you to tears and wasting your credit.
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