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Book Title: Smack|
The author of the book: Melvin Burgess
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 913 KB
Date of issue: May 1st 1999
ISBN 13: 9780380732234
Read full description of the books Smack:5 Words: Toxic, addiction, manipulation, love, realisation.
This book is one of my favourites of all time. It's so real and brave and gritty and it's UKYA at its absolute prime. It's difficult and challenging.
At the start, I always love Tar and hate Gemma. By the end I've always changed my mind about both of them. This book allows me to empathise with a type of person I would usually avoid at all costs.
Gemma is probably my favourite character, even though I can't stand her (at all!) at the beginning.
As shocking as this book is, as controversial as the subject matter is, that isn't what the book is about. The book is about relationships and growing and trying to find yourself. That the main characters are all junkies is just a fact, something that makes the whole process a little harder.
I think Junk is a book that everyone should read at least once.
Read information about the authorMelvin Burgess is a British author of children's fiction. His first book, The Cry of the Wolf, was published in 1990. He gained a certain amount of notoriety in 1996 with the publication of Junk, which was published in the shadow of the film of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, and dealt with the trendy and controversial idea of heroin-addicted teenagers. Junk soon became, at least in Britain, one of the best-known children's books of the decade.
Burgess again courted predictable controversy in 2003, with the publication of Doing It, which dealt with underage sex. America created a show based on the book, Life As We Know It. In his other books, such as Bloodtide and The Ghost Behind the Wall, Burgess has dealt with less realist and sometimes fantastic themes. In 2001 Burgess wrote the novelisation of the film Billy Elliot, based on Lee Hall's screenplay. Polyphony is typical for his most famous novels.
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