Junk: Adapted for the stage

by Melvin Burgess

February 15, 1999 | Trade Paperback

Junk: Adapted for the stage is rated 5 out of 5 by 9.

Tar loves Gemma, but Gemma doesn''t want to be tied down - not to anyone or anything. Gemma wants to fly. But no one can fly forever. One day, somehow, finally you have to come down. Commissioned and produced by Oxford Stage Company, Junk premiered at The Castle, Wellingborough, in January 1998 and went on to tour throughout the UK in 1998 and 1999.

 

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 80 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.25 in

Published: February 15, 1999

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 041373840X

ISBN - 13: 9780413738400

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An oddly hopefull book for such a grim story Junk is a surprisingly unvarnished depiction of heroin addiction. Two fourteen year old runaways from problem homes slide into hard core junkies over a period of four years. The way down is very well told. Burgess captures the self-delusion of the two kids as things go from worse to worse. And, then Burgess stops the slide, and ends the story with a sense of possibility. The serious difficulty of ending a heroin addiction is realistically depicted. An oddly hopefull book for such a grim story line. Winner of both the 1997 Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award.
Date published: 2011-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wait. So is this book the same as Smack? It describes the same characters. I don't know if it's the same book, or a continuation of Smack.
Date published: 2008-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-have for any book collection! I decided to buy this book because I've read others by Melvin Burgess and I've liked them all, but this one is definitely the best! It isn't just for teens, it's for adults too. I'm twenty-five and I loved it! I would highly recommend this book, the characters are so real you feel you know them and the story is intense and captivating. Definitely buy this book, I'm very happy I did.
Date published: 2005-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Junk When I saw this book, it had a cover with a giant needle on it. I am an avid reader. I love realtiy books. So, I picked it up and placed on my bookshelf to wait to be read, my line up, well two months later I was reading away...I slowly fell in love with it...then once I had completed it, I read the author's note. I was blown away. It made me realize what is really out there. As a teenager, I feel that it definately enforced my knowledge of drugs and I will never take them(Not that I would have before) This book wasn't only a wake- up call, but a love story enriched will a twist of crazieness.
Date published: 2004-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Junk Im not a frequent reader.. and I usually don't read for book reports at school. When my friend told me about this book I thought that I might read the first couple of pages and see what the big deal was. WEll I ended up reading the whole thing.. And it was excellent! I loved this book soo much. Just what a teenager wanted to read. Crazyness I say!
Date published: 2004-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This is such a good book, it's one of my favorites. The characters seem so real, and the book shows you how powerful drugs can be. It shows the good and bad of drugs. I love how each chapter is a different person telling their part of the story. This story isn't just about drugs, it's also two teenagers love story and how they were made for each other. Melvin Burgess is an amazing author and he wrote this book incredibly well. I would recomend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2003-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my favourite the only reason i first picked up this book, was because i was at the library with a new friend of mine who loves to read. she was taking out 49 books (max on a library card is 50) and i thought i would look pretty dumn if i didnt take out at least one. c'mon, the cover's bright green, eye catching? id say so. but this book is so much more than that. you get to know the characters as if they were real. their journys and struggles... you cannot explain the intensity of this novel... it's now my favourite, suitable for everyone, no matter what age, or gender... fantastic love story, with the love theme cleverly hidden... must read!
Date published: 2002-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Tale of a Teens Descent Into A World of Drugs I actually read this book about a year ago, but the story seemed so real that I felt I was the people in this book. The only thing that confused me was how the author wrote the book. The way he would put you in the place of a different character each chapter was a bit confusing, but after a while you get used to it. In all, I think this was an excellent book and should be read by teens and adults alike.
Date published: 2002-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Junk This book is an amazing look into life on the streets and the real effects of drugs. The book isn't only about drugs, but it is also a love story. The two lovers encounter difficulties that common people can only imagine. AMAZING BOOK READ READ READ
Date published: 2001-12-30

– More About This Product –

Junk: Adapted for the stage

by Melvin Burgess

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 80 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.25 in

Published: February 15, 1999

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 041373840X

ISBN - 13: 9780413738400

About the Book

Tar loves Gemma, but Gemma doesn't want to be tied down--not to anyone or anything. Gemma wants to fly. But no one can fly forever. One day, somehow, finally, you have to come down.

From the Publisher

Tar loves Gemma, but Gemma doesn''t want to be tied down - not to anyone or anything. Gemma wants to fly. But no one can fly forever. One day, somehow, finally you have to come down. Commissioned and produced by Oxford Stage Company, Junk premiered at The Castle, Wellingborough, in January 1998 and went on to tour throughout the UK in 1998 and 1999.

 

From the Jacket

junk = heroin = bliss = despair = a love affair you''ll never forget

''It was a love story. Me, Gemma and junk.'' Tar loves Gemma, but Gemma doesn''t want to be tied down -- not to anyone or anything. Gemma wants to fly. But no one can fly forever. One day, somehow, finally, you have to come down.

About the Author

A & C Black is a division of Bloomsbury.

Editorial Reviews

"John Retallack''s excellent adaptation of Melvin Burgess''s controversial Carnegie Medal winning novel is splendidly unpatronising…a truly cautionary tale"—Independent

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