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Sugar Rush [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Julie Burchill
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6 May 2005
Saucy, shimmering, loud and larger than life - come get your sugar fix!

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Young Picador; 2 edition (6 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330415832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330415835
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 3 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Mirror has said of her: 'This woman writes the backside off her contemporaries.'" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It's survival of the fittest at Ravendene Comprehensive - the terrifying teenage jungle for which Kim Lewis must trade her safe, posh private school. But help is at hand - in the unlikely form of the rude, raucous, toxic and tantalising Maria (aka Sugar) Sweet, queen of the 'Ravers'. As Kim falls quickly under her spell, and gambles her good-girl past for an exciting life of late-night parties and daring emotion, she must ask herself a disturbing question: has she fallen in love with her best friend?

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
If you're looking for a juicy lesbian love story, you should really go elsewhere. While Kim and Sugar's unfolding relationship is insightful and more than a little unconventional, I felt the book was more of a social commentary on class distinctions and the differences between private education and comprehensive.

Basically, Sugar is the stereotypical 'council-estate thicko', with no ambitions other than an easy ride in life through such ventures as sleeping with a minor celebrity and then selling her story to a national newspaper (she doesn't do it, but she states it as something she hopes to achieve).

Kim is from the quiet side of Brighton, in a detatched house with a detatched family, coping with an absent mother and an increasingly distant father.

Always living in the limelight of her best friend Zoe 'Saint' Clements, Kim's actually glad when dwindling finances mean she has to leave her posh school and attend the infamous Ravendene Comprehensive. This is where she meets Sugar.

The book is very character driven - don't expect tons of clever plot. It entertains and tests your tolerence for unlikely circumstances, but can sometimes leave you feeling lost or bewildered.

Burchill shows a decent understanding of modern teenagers; many young adult books by UK authors tend to write Americanised, overly mature characters that live unrealistically sophisticated lives, gloryfying school-days into something they're not.

The vacant but intoxifying Sugar will remind many readers of girls they knew at school; the so-called 'slags' or the 'chav' type that were rough but respected. And Kim herself is well executed as the mature-adult-inside-young-girl's-body character, wistfully watching the events of her new friendship unfold.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different....... but not 23 Aug 2005
I to watched the series first, and feel that i should have waited a little longer after it ended before attempting the book. I think i would have found it more enjoyable if i'd have separated the tv series story to the printed one as i did find the latter to be just as interesting just from a different view point.
It filled in some of the background information you didn't get to learn about Sugar in the series, the downside being that alot of the characters brought to life in the series were emitted in the book or turned up briefly in different situations. I found this abit of a let down but in book form made perfect sense.
I was interested to find that as an older reader the book still appealed to me when i discovered it to be different, and although disappointed by the differences, would choose to read it again on it's own merit, being brilliantly written and taking a view point that most writers are afraid to take.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great teen novel 1 Sep 2006
What a contrast between the series and the book. The book should be highly praised in its own right, but the series really does it for me more than the book. It is far more descriptive and has a lot more heart to it and I like the way Kim and Sugar stay friends in the tv series instead of Kim going back to Saint just like that in the book. And I'm sooo glad Saint isn't the same as the one in the book in the series, shes a much better character for that she has real heart. I don't know the book is good, because its funny and twisted, but so is the tv series and you get much more emotion and you really feel for the characters. So I say read the book, but the series and the book have very few things in common, but if I had to choose between the two the tv series would win hands down every time.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for teenagers everywhere 19 Feb 2005
This book tells the story of Kim, a smart but somewhat submissive girl who is forced to leave her private school and attend the local comprehensive where she falls in love with 'Sugar' , the beautiful , loud , vodka drinking queen of the 'ravers' .Add intoxicating language, highly relatable characters and a dreamy backdrop and you have one of the best books of the year. Try to read it in the summer.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book v's TV programme 8 Aug 2005
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I missed the first few episodes of the TV show and only started watching just after I had bought the book. While the book is very in depth about the circumstances of Kim's life, it tends to overlook what would seem more crucial to the storyline. The situations in the book seem sometimes quite far fetched and although the reader can sympathise slightly with Kim, I found it hard to connect with the situation. The book is very good, with lots of references to modern music and ideals of a 15 year old, but the TV programme is far more hard-hitting and true to life. For example, details of Kim's struggle to tell Sugar how she feels and the resulting relationship in the book seems all to easy, as if one day Sugar decides to play along. In the TV programme, the ups and downs of Kim's relationship with Sugar are true, I found myself really feeling for her, especially when Sugar kissed Kim in the club just to attract some boys...I must admit I actually cried, I felt that bad for her! The reason why I love the TV programme so much is because it is almost identical to a situation I was in a few years ago and the TV Programme justifies it perfectly, my heart breaks all over again when I watch it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the Weak Minded 5 Aug 2006
I loved this book, it was believable, but unreal. Kim is living the Private school live when all of a sudden she's thrown into the Public school, where all the "bad" kids go, imeadielty her and Maria Sweet ( Sugar) become friends. With Kim going over to the bad side, this book is exciting, and funny.

I loved the TV show to, but there only similaritys are the names of the charecters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Content okay, product good
The content of the book wasn't exactly how I imagined - unlike the TV show, it's aimed very much at the early-mid teens rather than older teens, and I'm not sure that I like the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Charlotte Murray
1.0 out of 5 stars Please don't read this book
So I absolutely ADORED this book as a teenager, I loved it. I even carried around in my bag with me to admire during quiet moments. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jen Slocombe
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
I love this book because it's different and has a really UN expected ending , I loved it . I recommend it
Published 15 months ago by Natasha Cooper
3.0 out of 5 stars Tv series Vs book
After being a hard core sugar . Rush fan due to the tv series I was some what disappointed by the book. It was not a bad read but definitely did not compare to the tv programme
Published 15 months ago by Gemma Tutty
5.0 out of 5 stars good story
i read this book in a day.a friend told me about julia birchills books so i thought id give it a go. Read more
Published 18 months ago by lorb
5.0 out of 5 stars a perfect demonstration of how to do bittersweet
I read this after seeing the TV series and was very pleasantly surprised. Supremely confident style, witty and no pretention. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2011 by Fuficius Fango
2.0 out of 5 stars Suger rush
As the booked had not arrived until i finished work i have still not been able to read it. So i will eview book when i read it.
Published on 31 Dec 2010 by Bal
2.0 out of 5 stars Bland
I remember when the TV show was on channel 4, quite a few years ago now and I remember that my parents would not let me watch it due to the 'adult lesbian storyline', so naturally... Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2010 by emma_jane2
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much to get excited about
When Kim's father makes her move from her posh girls school to the school full of trouble makers. Sure she's not going to fit in for being thought a snob, she's surprised when... Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2010 by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favourite books!
this book should be a must read for teenage girls, it has at least one thing everyone can relate to including living in a single parent family, exploring your sexuality and falling... Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2009 by addicted2amazon
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