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Junk
Junk
by Melvin Burgess
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The book tells us convincingly how you can become addicted, 29 Feb 2000
This review is from: Junk (Hardcover)
The book "Junk" by Melvin Burgess is about some youths that have got problems at home and run away.The main characters are Gemma and Tar who go out togehther.They start living in a squat and get addicted after a while.It tells us something about love,drugs,prostitiution,the generation conflicts and a lot more.In my opinion the book is convincing.I can understand why those people took/take drugs and the development of the characters and plot is also very well.But I can also understand people who do not think that it is convincing.I think it was not very difficult to understand the book.I could not understand each sentence but you do not need to look up every word in your dictionary because it is more important to understand the actualmeaning and acting.There is a slang tht the youths use but you can easily find out the meaning.It is interesting to see how and why someone can start taking drugs and how it can get more and more worse.While reading the book you get more and more interested and want to know how it goes on and you cannot put it away anymore.Just in some scenes it gets quite boring because it is always the same thing that they talk and think about.After some chapters I noticed that junkies do not always take drugs because they want to be cool but they really have reasons for their problems and the problems even get worse but the junkies do not see their problems anymore.The title and topic of the book is okay.It isnothing special but it looks not uninteresting and the title is very secretly,it does not tell a lot about junk but you would not expect a story about love and things like that.The narrator chose a good technique he tells the chapters in different views.At first this is a bit confusing but it is a good idea because you can see how every person feels and thinks like.At least I liked the book.The only thing that I disliked was that it is a bit redundant in some parts and boring but because that is just a small part of it I think it is a good idea to buy and read it.


Junk
Junk
by Melvin Burgess
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Junk" is a convincing story and exciting to read., 29 Feb 2000
This review is from: Junk (Hardcover)
The book "junk" by Melvin Burgess deals with two main characters, Gemma and Tar, who leave home because they have problems with their parents. In Bristol they find new friends very fast. They live together in a squat and get into their first contacts with soft drugs and criminality. Finally they both take heroin. Gemma even does prostitution to get money for junk. When Gemma gets pregnant she gives up taking heroin. Tar wants to give up heroin by doing a therapy in detox centre. But it`s not sure that he`s really clean.Before I started reading "junk" I thought of the typical junkie-stories where people leave home and take drugs. While I was reading my expectations stood the test. For all that "junk" was different. In my opinion, it`s the way the author developed the book. The story is told from different points of view, so you can get a closer look to all the characters. In fact you get closer to the story because you know exactly the feelings of every character and the things that happen are described from different points of view. This knowledge, e.g. about the feelings, makes the story really understandable and convincing. When you read the book you can set yourself in the people`s situation and try to understand the reasons for taking drugs. For me these reasons aren`t really convincing, but the story itself is close to reality and exciting to read. After having read the book I must say that my attitude about junkies and drugs were confirmed.


Junk (Puffin Teenage Fiction)
Junk (Puffin Teenage Fiction)
by Melvin Burgess
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The story of two addicts is very well shown!, 29 Feb 2000
The book "Junk" from Melvin Burgess is about a boy and a girl who flee away from their bad and broken parent's house in order to live in freedom without any rules or any people telling them what to do. But soon they get addicted to heroin and need more and more money. I think that Junk is a book which you can read and understand easily without looking up too many words. The story of leaving home is written in an exciting way, especially because of the narrative technique that is not ordinary. In each chapter another one of the main characters is telling the plot from his point of view, using lots of slang words, so you have a deep insight into the persons. This helps you to follow and understand their lives in a better way without having a distance to the action. You seem to feel with them and it might lead you to change your opinion of drugs and junkies. Furthermore you might not say any more that this cannot happen to me and that I am far away from all this, because the book describes convincingly that the people have a lot of problems. You get to know a lot of strange characters with very weird opinions who are deep in the drug jungle and get money with criminal actions or prostitution. But it also contains the development of characters who lose their personality by and by because of the junk, so they do not have any connection to reality any more. As always their drug career cannot continue like that because there is the lack of money, some deaths, desperation and the fear of life against the laws. Several times the author stresses that you will always be a junkie if you have once tried heroin and even if you are clean, one more shot is enough to make you an addict again. So in my opinion this book is worth reading because it is near to reality and does not try to make this topic harmless and the title does not give away too much from the action. Enjoy reading! ( written by Christine Mankel )


Junk (Puffin Teenage Fiction)
Junk (Puffin Teenage Fiction)
by Melvin Burgess
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars It is a very interesting book, which is easy to understand., 29 Feb 2000
The book "Junk" written by Melvin Burgess is about two persons, Tar and Gemma, who run away from home, because they have problems with their parents at home. They get to know new friends and live in squats. On a party they meet Lily and Rob and they go to live with them. Lily and Rob tempt Tar and Gemma to take drugs. They get addicted by heroin and have problems to come down. They have all the problems which junkies have. They go through a very hard time and a very long time they are addicted by junk. As Gemma is pregnant she breaks up with Tar, to become clean. Tar goes to a treatment centre to make a withdrawl therapy. But he is not strong enough to get along without drugs. Gemma breaks up with him to stay clean for her baby and went home. Tar meets a new girlfriend. The plot and the development of the characters are convincing but you sometimes can foresee how the story will go on and so it is not very interesting throughout the whole book. The reasons for taking drugs are not comprehensible, but for some people it will be reason enough for do it and so the story could be true.The book has not changed my opinion about drugs and junkies, because it matches the cliché about running away from home, start taking drugs with hash as starter drug. I think you can`t see in the title of the book that there is a relationsship between the main characters. You estimate that the book is only about drugs and the problems which junkies have. The narrative technique is special, because every chapter is told by another character and so you can see the situation from different points of views. So you gain a better insight into what the characters think and the the feelings which they have. Christina Drees


Junk
Junk
by Melvin Burgess
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The book isn't convincing in some parts., 29 Feb 2000
This review is from: Junk (Hardcover)
In the book two 14 year olds ,who have a love relationship, run away from home , because of problems with their parents.They get in contact with drugs and after a while they start taking heroin.They become addicted and begin a struggle to get off heroin . I think a weakness of the book is that the author is unable to give convincing reasons for the protagonists to take heroin.In Tar's case you might be convinced but I was totally unable to understand why Gemma started taking heroin. The development of the plot is quite allright and so is the development of the characters.But to understand the character's development you have to know something about the effects of drugs and especially heroin and not every reader will know something about drugs. The book is written in an understandable way and you will surely be able to understand it , because the author does not use difficult words. One problem you might have is the narrative style, because the author tells every chapter except chapter 1 from the angles of the acting persons.But after some chapters you get used to is. I think the book is not very exciting, because the story is sort of predictable.Some readers might find it interesting to get an insight into the characters.This enables you to understand a junkies way of thinking and feeling. The topic "drugs" is quite common in modern literature and if you want to deal with this topic in a real interesting way, watch "Trainspotting"


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