Sugar Rush Paperback – Unabridged, 6 May 2005
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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.
I found all of the characters to be rather immature and unrealistic compared to any fifteen year old that I know. Teens that I know simply don't talk like that, and it was frustrating to how immature they were. However, they were all likable enough, and the relationship between Maria and Kim is an interesting exploration of adolescent sexuality as well as growing up. I also liked the little peek into Maria's home life, as it explains a lot about her personality and attitude towards life.
I thought the plot started very strongly, with characters introduced at a good pace and new events taking place interestingly. However, it seemed to fizzle out about midway through the book. As other reviewers have said, a lot of the book is Maria and Kim doing the same things over and over again, which gets repetitive. The ending is also rather sudden.
I felt the plot and writing style were a bit at conflict with one another. While the plot is more suited to fourteen year olds and older, the extremely simplistic writing style and dramatic, predictable plot points made it more suited to nine or ten year olds. Thus, it's hard to recommend a suitable age for this book. I mostly read it because I'm a lesbian and I enjoy seeing representation in books. If you're looking for representation, go for it! If you're looking for a good book, don't bother.
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.Read more ›
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Loved the TV series and thought I'd read the book.
I'm not very 'into' teen novels but I did enjoy it. Would probably recommend you see the TV series first though. Read more
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 morePublished on 7 Oct. 2013 by Char Louise
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 morePublished on 15 Aug. 2013 by Jen Slocombe
I love this book because it's different and has a really UN expected ending , I loved it . I recommend itPublished on 3 Jan. 2013 by Natasha Cooper
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 programmePublished on 1 Jan. 2013 by Gemma Tutty
i read this book in a day.a friend told me about julia birchills books so i thought id give it a go. Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2012 by lorb
I read this after seeing the TV series and was very pleasantly surprised. Supremely confident style, witty and no pretention. Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2011 by Fuficius Fango
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
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 morePublished on 14 Mar. 2010 by emma_jane2