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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (Jan. 28 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140380191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140380194
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #601,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Occasionally a 'teenage novel' comes along which makes one reconsider the whole genre and its potential. Such a book is Melvin Burgess's Junk -- Robert Dunbar Children's Books in Ireland The most talked-about children's book for years Mail on Sunday Brilliantly and sensitively written, it encompasses the raw, savage and ecstatic world of the adolescent mind... a superbly crafted and important book TES Beautifully written The Times

About the Author

MELVIN BURGESS was born in London and brought up in Surrey and Sussex. He has had a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time writer. Before his first novel, he had short stories published and a play broadcast on Radio 4. He is now regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature.


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one of the best books i have read in a long time, "junk" by melvin burgess delivers everything i look for a in a young adult novel, but its believable and relatable characters make this a superb choice regardless of your age.
the story is really about gemma and tar, though the plot unfolds through the voices of seven or eight people, each voicing their view on living a drug-filled life in london's squats. "junk" is a subtle love story that is harsh, warming, and always... real.
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Let me just start by saying that JUNK is my most favorite book only after THE CATCHER IN THE RYE.

JUNK is just so raw and so real. It tells you honestly what heroin addiction is like, displaying the bliss and the sorrow, and what you have to do to keep the addiction intact.

I don't want to give away what happens but I will say that the ending is not what you'd expect. Tar and Gemma are a really neat couple-- they started their journey with heroin at age 14. And Gemma has quite a unique attitude. It's also cute how they always say 'dandelion'. Tar is really cute and a talented artist who runs away from his alcoholic/abusive mother.

JUNK gives insight into the characters mind and also their lives before junk. JUNK also gives imense detail into what its really like to be addicted to heroin and the attraction that comes with it.

In JUNK along with heroin addiction comes shoplifting and teen pregnancy and prostitution. And this book is British and takes place in the 1980's I believe, right after the huge punk movement there. That's one of the reasons why this book is so authenic and completely fascinating. Highly HIGHLY reccomended.

Reviewed by Callie at Handle Like Hendrix
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Junk is one of the best books I've ever read.. well, actually it's THE best book I've ever read. I started off disliking Melvin Burgess's style of writing, but now I see it as it is, nothing but genious. The way each chapter is written from another character's point of view is amazing, and the characters are painted fantastically. I found myself laughing out loud, or standing up and screaming at the inanimate book when things went wrong! I completely fell in love with Tar, and I felt as if Gemma was sitting next to me and reading these words to me... plus I have a new found love of dandelions!! If you don't have time to read this book, get time, because it may do to you what it did to me.. it gave me an entirely different outlook on life.. I wouldn't say it put me off drugs at all, but it certainly was honest, rather than just telling me "All drugs are bad. Never do drugs." If you have any interest in anything at all, then read this book!! JUNK ROX!!
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By A Customer on April 13 1999
Format: Hardcover
A slow start to what then became one of the most fantastic books I have ever read. The characters become your friends and you emphasise with their choices and actions. This is the first book I have ever read that has enabled me to see a reason why people use herion. The book takes you through the good and the bad times.
I for one after reading the book would never try heroin. I was shown how this drug could take away dignity, dreams and even lifes.
A brilliant book!!!
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By A Customer on June 1 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book has to be the best book I have ever read. It had an uncertain beginning but after reading a chapter you find you cannot put the book down. The book makes you feel like you are part of the story with it's brilliant layout. It really makes you think of the consequences of drugs and it isn't one of those stories that has a happy ending.
Well worth the money. Highly recommended!!!!
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i bought this book after being reccomended it, and what a great book it is. I just could not put it down. This really did make me think about why people take drugs and the damageing effects it can have on people. As i am 13, i think it should be read in schools all over the country as i think it would really deter people from taking drugs. this book really seems to hit home and is the best way in teaching young children about drugs.
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By A Customer on Jan. 14 2000
Format: Hardcover
Junk really is more than just a book. After I read it once I read it again and I read parts of it every day. It really is an inspiration to new thoughts and attitudes about life. The book doesn't judge drugs immediately but makes the reader make his or her own conclusion about that stuff, which is really good.Junk can truly give so many new ideas into your life. It can change your life. read it.
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