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By Melvin Burgess


Novel aimed at teenagers examining the reality of drug addiction – from the early use of cannabis and alcohol through to the use of heroin, the squalid nature of addiction and the reality of the theft and prostitution used to support the habit.  A deeply cautionary tale.

Key Themes:

  • Addiction
  • Childhood / Adolescence
  • Heroin
  • Revealing Reads

Significant Quotes / Pages

129 – “Sometimes maybe you need an experience.  The experience can be a person or it can be a drug.  The experience opens a door that was there all the time but you never saw it.  Or maybe it blasts you into outer space. […] All that negative stuff.  All the pain.  […] It just floated away from me, I just floated away from it … up and away ….”

Reference: Melvin, Burgess. 1996. Junk. London: Penguin, 1997


- Charley Baker
Date Review Submitted: Friday 20th March 2009