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Junk Paperback – Jan 28 2003

4.4 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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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: #657,855 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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
After meeting Melvin Burgess at the book launch of his new novel, 'Kite' (what a character!), i purchased 'Junk'. After the first chapter, i just couldn't put it down. It gave a real insight into the lives of Gemma and Tar. I also liked the way each chapter was written from the view of a different character.
P.S. Richard in the story is based a a real person that Melvin Burgess knew
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By A Customer on June 14 1999
Format: Hardcover
I'm 15 and I loved this book, it's great. Tar and Gemma are to kids that run away from home. They start "fun" with narcotics, heroine... They deal drugs & shop lift. Gemma starts a new life, she's now a punk. Don't won't to tell you anymore, but you should read it...
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By A Customer on April 14 2000
Format: Hardcover
When i bought smack i could not put it down. then i was told that junk was the sequel to smack. so i bought that and it is the same book. i was mad. so don't be folled because the athour re-named the book.
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Format: Hardcover
Simply, just great
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Format: Paperback
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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