Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Review of Junk

Title: Junk
Author: Melvin Burgess
Blurb:
JUNK=HEROIN=BLISS=DESPAIR= A LOVE AFFAIR YOU'LL NEVER FORGET. 
Gemma wants to fly. But no one can fly forever. One day, somehow, finally, you have to come down.
My Review:
This book is set in the 1980's yet it still feels quite contemporary. It deals with very real issues and many that most teenagers face today; the desire to get away from your parents, wanting to be independent and to have a good time. 
Tar really likes Gemma, but Gemma only likes Tar. Tar has had a tough live at home. His mum is an alcoholic and his dad beats him up. Gemma just wants to escape from her parents over protective grasps.
They decide to run away and start a life in Bristol. To start off with they live with Vonny and Jerry who were nice enough, but Gemma found them slightly boring. It all changed one night though, when Gemma met Lily. She was instantly drawn to her and they had a connection. Very quickly their friendship grew and eventually Tar and Gemma moved in with Lily and her boyfriend Rob. This, however, is where things start to go downhill for all the characters when drugs are involved... Not just any drugs, heroin.
As they spiral into drug induced hopelessness, questions arise - are they just junkies waiting for the next hit? Surely not, they're not addicted.
No matter how many times they try and get off it, they can't: heroin is just too good. However, throw in the police and a baby and things reach a whole new level.
I did really enjoy the book however, I must admit, the ending is lame. It just stops, you really enjoy the book and then you get this rubbish ending - it really spoils it. 
I would say give this book a go if you enjoy this kind of book, but the ending is rather disappointing.

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