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by Melvin Burgess

  • ISBN: 0141803592
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Melvin Burgess
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Children's Audiobooks; Abridged Ed edition (2002)
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  • Rating: 4.3
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Melvin Burgess (born 25 April 1954) is a British writer of children's fiction. He became famous in 1998 with the publication of Junk, about heroin-addicted teenagers on the streets of Bristol. In Britain, Junk became one of the best-known young adult books of the decade. Burgess won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book by a British author.

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Melvin Burgess’ most ambitious and complex novel is a vivid depiction of a group of teenagers in the grip of addiction. Told from multiple viewpoints, Junk is a powerful, unflinching novel about heroin. Once you take a hit, you will never be the same again

Melvin Burgess’ most ambitious and complex novel is a vivid depiction of a group of teenagers in the grip of addiction. Once you take a hit, you will never be the same again. Everyone should read Junk' The Times.

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Melvin Burgess is regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children’s literature. Published by the Penguin Group.

Some other books by Melvin Burgess. Lady: my life as a bitch. Melvin Burgess is regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children’s literature. He was born in 1954 and was brought up in Sussex and Berkshire. After leaving school at eighteen he began training as a journalist. He then had occasional jobs, mainly in the building industry. Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England.

Melvin Burgess (born 25 April 1954) is a British author of children's fiction. His first book, The Cry of the Wolf, was published in 1990. Junk soon became, at least in Britain, one of the best-known young adult books of the decade. He gained a certain amount of notoriety in 1996 with the publication of Junk, which was published in the shadow of the film of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, and dealt with the trendy and controversial idea of heroin-addicted teenagers. Junk soon became, at least in Britain, one of the best-known young adult books of the decade


Alsantrius Alsantrius
I enjoyed the story when I read it as a novel so I enjoyed the play.It seems appropo to the times even now but I think the music needs to be updated.My own experience was way back in the 90's,not much different than the 70's or 80's.I was small-town U.S.A. so found similarities with small town U.K..
Memuro Memuro
Enjoyed it a lot. Itwas raw but showed me exactly how fast societh is going.
Totally recommend it
Lanin Lanin
Awesome gripping realistic look at drug addiction
Cointrius Cointrius
"Junk" is an immensely difficult book to review, simply because it's so many different things to different readers. One reader may find it enlightening, sobering and realistic; another will find it dated and irrelevant. The subject matter tackles such a weighty issue that it's almost inevitable that readers would be divided. Admittedly, I have very little experience with the world of drugs, addition and rehabilitation, so it is impossible for me to deem the book's authenticity. What I can say is that Burgess's award-winning novel (winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, to be precise) had me engrossed from start to finish. What drives a person to take drugs? Why do they let themselves become so helplessly addicted? What goes on in an addict's mind? Why do they go to such lengths to get their drugs? Before reading, I had very little of idea as to what went on in the minds of people like those found in "Junk". By the end of the novel (though I don't confess to being any sort of expert on the subject), I had some inkling as to why some people do the things they do for drugs.

Told in first-person narrative by a wide range of characters, the novel mainly focuses on David "Tar" Lawson and Gemma Brogan, two teenagers who run away from home to Bristol. Finding a place amongst a group of anarchists, the two eventually move in with Rob and Lily, two fellow teenagers who get them hooked on heroin. From there, it is a downward spiral into desperate addiction, as Tar turns to shoplifting and Gemma becomes a prostitute in order to fund their need for heroin. There is some truly heartbreaking stuff in here, as the teens first try to convince themselves (and the reader) that they are completely in control of their lives, then justify their illegal actions, and finally find that they're unable to break their habit when a friend gets pregnant. An especially harrowing passage describes Gemma's feelings after a failed attempt at going cold turkey: "I knew I was really a junkie this time because, what's a junkie scared of? Not Aids, not overdosing, like you might think. We were scared because there might be no more smack at the other end."

What is apparent to everyone but the ignorant teenagers is that the much-celebrated freedom from their parents is only temporary - soon enough they make themselves prisoners of a far more restrictive lifestyle, one that eventually strips away all their opportunities for a decent life. Their joy at their initial independence gradually gives way to a de-habilitating desire for heroin, and watching their world shrink down to a dismal cycle of drug abuse is (in my opinion) vividly portrayed by Burgess.

Tar and Gemma's stories are closely intertwined, and it's hard to place blame on just one of the teens for the predicament they find themselves in. Tar is the first to run away, (understandable considering his abusive father and drunken mother) but he encourages Gemma to join him. Gemma runs away simply because she is not getting on with her strict parents, but her loud and stubborn personality (which often slips into obnoxiousness) is the reason Tar gives up the relative safety of the anarchists squat for the home of the drug-addicted Rob and Lily. Surrounding them are chapters devoted to others in their immediate circle: Richard and Vonny, the anarchists who do their best to help the teens, Rob and Lily, the hopeless addicts who live each day to the fullest, and even the teenagers' parents, who recount their devastation and sense of failure. These chapters help round out the point-of-view of the main narrative (for instance, Vonny recounts how spoilt Gemma is, a trait that Gemma certainly doesn't recognize in herself), as well as reveal information about grey characters - the storekeeper Skolly for example, seems like a helpful guy at first, though several chapters on we realize that he's unknowingly part of the cycle of addition that entraps Gemma.

The book was first published in 1996, and so many may feel that it has dated. However, it's worth saying that even though it was written in the 90s, Burgess sets it in the 1980s - as such, many components (such as the song lyrics that head several chapters) are intended to be old-fashioned. Whether this upsets your reading pleasure or not depends on how well you can relate to teenagers of an older generation.

As I said at the beginning of the review, "Junk" is a book that you'll find meaningful or worthless. The controversial subject matter means that audiences will have widely different opinions on how effective it is as a reading text, probably depending on their own experience (or inexperience) with drugs. There's really no way to tell until you've read it. For what it's worth, I found it a worthwhile read, and would particularly recommend it to parents who want to share the subject with young teens (thirteen to sixteen year olds, possibly) as Burgess describes drug-use, sex, prostitution, violence and unwanted pregnancy without ever resorting to gratuitous descriptions or by abandoning everything to despair, despite the ambiguous ending.
crazy mashine crazy mashine
This book is Fab. I was told by a friend that it was a good book, and I thought I would se what it was like. I never fully realized what potential drugs had to ruin lifes. You hear stories, but never witness them. "Junk" made me realize how close you could be to ruining your life, and that we all need to appreciate what we have more. Tar and Gemma's relationship lasts for a few years, even thought it ends, they had a fab time, and they stuck with each other throughout the tough times in life, shows how we all need to be in our life, close companionships. It made me wonder, why would anyone take heroin? Why? If it is this bad, why? Then I realized, you just don't know what you are letting yourself in for when you first try.
kinder kinder
Winner of the Guardian Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal, the novel Junk by Melvin Burgess successfully allows readers to gain insights into what teenage drug life was like in Bristol during the mid 1980s. The characters in the novel go through many struggles and the biggest struggle is the challenge to get off `junk', or heroin.

Throughout the novel, Burgess focuses on four characters in particular: Tar, Gemma, Lily and Rob. Lily and Rob are senior users of junk. Partying, taking drugs, even prostitution is nothing new to them. Tar, the protagonist, is sensible and responsible but unlucky. Unlucky to be born into a family with alcoholic parents; unlucky to have met Gemma, his girlfriend, who introduced him to drugs' unlucky to be the only one caught. He represents the typical teenager: confident to say `no' to drugs but slowly being dragged in due to peer-pressure. `The thing I have to remember is that I'm weak and that they're weak' said Tar after being in the `detox' centre for a while. Is he strong enough to stand firm and quit drugs or is the temptation towards heroin too strong for him to handle?

The novel Junk is easy to understand and is suitable for people of all ages. I would strongly recommend this novel to teenagers who are curious about drug-taking. It is a fast-paced book that depicts the daunting reality of drugs. What I find fascinating is the way Burgess describes the characters and the settings which provide the readers with an image that is very real. `As for the people here... some are pure invention, some are seeded from real people and then fictionalized, some are fictitious with bits of real people stirred in,' commented Burgess in the introduction of his novel. Burgess, using the style of a teenager, writes his novel in the form of diary entries by different people. Furthermore, his style includes conversations and slang words which help make his fictional characters more realistic.

To conclude, Junk is a compelling novel of truths about drug-use and certainly a must-read for teenagers.
Aedem Aedem
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!!!