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"Junk" is a convincing story and exciting to read.
on 29 February 2000
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.