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Sugar Rush Paperback – Unabridged, 6 May 2005

3.8 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Young Picador; Reprints edition (6 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330415832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330415835
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fabulous story of sexual fascination, guilt-free, intoxicating and delicious. (Melvin Burgess) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Saucy, shimmering, loud and larger than life - come get your sugar fix!

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Format: Paperback
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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I went into this book with an open mind after reading the mixed reviews. Bearing in mind I'm 15, the same age as the protagonists as well as the target audience, I feel this review will be more helpful to those within that target audience.

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.
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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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By A Customer on 8 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
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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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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