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  1. says:

    Not suitable for younger readers the warning on the back cover is well worth taking seriously A classic and well deserving Carnegie Medal winn

  2. says:

    I read this years and years ago when i was about 11 so i remember it was very different reading it the 2nd time around when I am 26 EntertainingI'd rather a YA about drugs any day of the week than some shitty high school romance Fan girl etc etc etc etc

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    5 Words Toxic addiction manipulation love realisationThis book is one of my favourites of all time It's so real and brave and gritty and it's UKYA at its absolute prime It's difficult and challengingAt the start I always love Tar and hate Gemma By the end I've always changed my mind about both of them This book allows me to empat

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    I’m conflicted about this bookOn the one hard it’s absolutely brilliant It really is It’s slow to start but after the first chapter I was pulled in and just kept turning page after page I was desperate to know what happened next The character voices sang to me – sang to me through the pagesOn the other hand the su

  5. says:

    Junk is the drugs book against which I judge all drugs books and so far nothing’s come close to matching Melvin Burgess’s unflinching portrayal of Bristol’s City Road in the 1980s through a heroin addled l

  6. says:

    Meet Gemma and Tar two 14 year old friends Tar is a nice lad thoughtful intelligent and full of puppy love for Gemma but Tar is also the victim of abuse from his parents Gemma is a devoted friend likes a good time and is all for helping Tar She has parents the opposite of Tar's they care too much and show this bytbeing to

  7. says:

    Wow This was a powerful bookTar and Gemma are fourteen year old friends Tar comes from an unhappy background filled with abuse Gemma

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    45This is a tale of a group of runaway teenagers who end up addicted to smackjunk aka heroin We watch the characters spiral out of control thinking oh I'll just be able to uit when I want to which we find out is definitely not the case Love happens pregnancies happen one in which the baby is basically born an addict as

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    This book was recommended to me by a heroin addict a beloved person who has since tragically died from an overdose I'm still immersed in grief and read this to look for answers As difficult an account as it was it definitely unsparingly showed the reality of what it's like to be under the influence of such a devastating d

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    This review contains some spoilers as I mention things that happen in the story to make some pointsWell let me sum up this book in one gif and I feel this is really appropriate Oh first off I need to say that I'm REALLY CONFUSED about how this is a children's book I mean it won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize among others and I had to read this for my Children's Literature module I well I would not let my child read this under the a

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review ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ñ Melvin Burgess

How has a deep rooted lust for adventure Their first hit brings bliss the next despai. This book was recommended to me by a heroin addict a beloved person who has since tragically died from an overdose I m still immersed in grief and read this to look for answers As difficult an account as it was it definitely unsparingly showed the reality of what it s like to be under the influence of such a devastating drug I can t even imagine what it s like to live with such an addiction but this was the closest I came to glimpsing what so many people have fallen victim to The horror of it is eye opening and harrowing Heroin takes away one s dignity identity values and personality and replaces all of that with a person unrecognisable to themselves and those who love them It creates a need so intense for the next fix that everything else is obliterated I had previously read Beautiful Boy A Father s Journey Through His Son s Addiction and consider that to be the best perspective of what it s like to helplessly watch your loved one become someone you don t know while under the influence of heroin Smack orignally called Junk is now it s counterpart for me as the most accurate story of the addict s perspective In many ways this addiction is a terminal illness The rate of recovery is low but not impossible A very important drug called naloxene counters the deadly effect of an overdose and needs to be readily available in our society The alternative is a mounting death toll and aching hearts as lives are ripped apart There is no doubt in my mind that this is a disease and not a choice The stigma of addiction needs to be removed so people can be saved and better treatment options are developed for rehabilitation We are losing wonderful loving people by the minute Heroin is a cheap drug and can be acuired easily There is not enough public knowledge of its effects or help for those who are afflicted I hope to be part of the change somehow

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Two teens fall in love with each other and heroin Tar has reasons for running away f. Not suitable for younger readers the warning on the back cover is well worth taking seriously A classic and well deserving Carnegie Medal winner Junk is painful to read for the reason that it is truthful accurate and told in the voices of young people falling victim to heroin addiction They go through the various phases of invincibility delusion adjustment to ever sinking standards criminal behaviour prostitution desperate pain and physical downward spiralling while telling their life stories through their teenage perspectiveIt strongly reminded me of the true story of Christiane F whose witness account on teenage drug addiction in Berlin in the 1970s was made into a book and later into a film Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo It haunted me for years after I read it in my early adolescence and it leaves me pondering on what to do with Junk Should I let my students and children read it It is very good and it will hardly trigger a healthy and stable young adult to try drugs But it is a brutal account of violence and prostitution and it might leave them with nightmares Should one shield teenagers from the worst hardships or let them discover the world in all its uglinessThat uestion always comes up when the American Library Association announces the latest banned or challenged books in school libraries Most of the time it concerns sexuality bad language violence or politically motivated messages But this is teenage health and wellbeing potentially at risk I guess there is no definitive answer to what is suitable for young adults but I tend towards letting them read whatever interests them while being ready in the background to talk to them and offer a platform for reflectionI will go with Oscar WildeThere is no such thing as a moral or an immoral bookBooks are well written or badly written That is allThis one is well written

review ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ñ Melvin Burgess

Rom home that run deep and sour whereas Gemma with her middle class roots firmly on s. Junk is the drugs book against which I judge all drugs books and so far nothing s come close to matching Melvin Burgess s unflinching portrayal of Bristol s City Road in the 1980s through a heroin addled lensBurgess has no time for either hushed poetic contemplations on heroin or clumsy moralistic incitements to Just Say No Without pretension he wades into his milieu with its suats street kids and punk music and matter of factly delivers a taut compelling drama Two naive 14 year olds poor abused Tar the son of two alcoholics and his restless reckless girlfriend Gemma run away from home and over the course of the novel they drift into drug addiction and slowly dig themselves deeper and deeper into a hole out of which they can t climbHowever miserable their comedown Burgess doesn t cheat and pretend there s any black and white to be found in heroin addiction the initial sense of freedom is intense the good times are sweet and the friendships genuine The characterisation is sharp and wonderful which helps to stop the novel from devolving into either a morality tale or a dark fantasy seuence The teenagers feel like teenagers lofty know it alls until gradually the reader realises they ve been beaten down into adulthoodEven peripheral characters like old codger Skolly or do gooder Richard are nuanced displaying both sympathetic uirks and hard to like weaknesses Burgess skilfully uses first person narrative to catch his characters in their lies and contradictions It adds an important layer to what at other times feels like a straightforward teen novelI hadn t read Junk for a few years and I wondered if some of its gleam might have worn off for me But no I m still mesmerized by Lilly in her string vest I still catch myself hoping that the perfection of the characters heroin highs can last forever I still sob at the broken pieces that are left at the end