Candy

Candy

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by Kevin Brooks
     
 

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Kevin Brooks is at the top of his YA game in this "provocative, suspenseful" (Booklist) novel. Now in a dynamic new Kevin Brooks repackaging!

When Joe meets Candy, it seems like a regular boy-meets-girl scenario. They chat over coffee, she gives him her number, and he writes her a song. But then Joe is drawn into Candy's world --- a world of drugs, violence, and

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Kevin Brooks is at the top of his YA game in this "provocative, suspenseful" (Booklist) novel. Now in a dynamic new Kevin Brooks repackaging!

When Joe meets Candy, it seems like a regular boy-meets-girl scenario. They chat over coffee, she gives him her number, and he writes her a song. But then Joe is drawn into Candy's world --- a world of drugs, violence, and desperation. As the dark truth about Candy's life emerges, Joe finds himself facing real danger at every twist and turn. Soon Joe's conflicting emotions begin to mirror Candy's, and he understands that falling in love just might be worth the struggle. This intoxicating tale of heartache, danger, and hope will enthrall teen readers.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
On his way to his doctor's appointment in London, Joe meets Candy and is mesmerized from the first moment he sees her. Little does he know at that point that she will so consume his thoughts that he will risk his life, and his sister Gina's life as well. As he attempts to rescue Candy from a life of heroin addiction and prostitution, her pimp Iggy arrives. Candy hits Iggy over the head and runs away with Joe to a cottage owned by his father. Through his connections, Iggy not only discovers where they are, but he has also kidnaps Gina. Brooks has created a tightly written cautionary tale; he sets up an interesting parallel between Joe's obsession with Candy and her addiction to drugs. The author addresses the race issue by contrasting Iggy with Gina's fiance, Mike, who is also black. The book is impossible to put down, and Brooks creates the perfect ending to a story that is tough, gritty and suspenseful. 2005, The Chicken House/Scholastic, Ages 14 up.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Joe is boring. He lives in a comfortable London suburb. He does alright in school, but shows no real promise. He plays in a band, but is less than passionate about music. Then he meets Candy. She is 16, beautiful, addicted to heroin, and a prostitute. She's also the only girl ever to look at him twice. He convinces himself that he loves her, and tries to get her off smack and the streets. Her enormous, terrifying pimp is very unhappy with Joe, and tries to murder him and everyone he loves. Brooks's plotting is masterful, and the action twists and builds to a frenzied and violent climax. Unfortunately, much of the book leading to this climax is filled with Joe's simpering, prosaic inner monologues. The author embellishes the teen's narration with stanzas of fragment or one-word sentences, which are more pretentious than dramatic or pointed. For all the fuss made over her, Candy's character is underdeveloped. If readers assume the book isn't about her, but how she changes Joe, her lack of nuance makes some sense. The shame is that he is the same humorless robot before and after risking his life for her. The minor characters-Joe's sassy sister and her tough, good-guy boyfriend-are so smartly and lightly drawn that they elicit more emotion than Joe and Candy.-Johanna Lewis, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A gripping, fast-moving love story set in a dangerous underworld. Joe meets Candy on the streets of London and is instantly, painfully smitten. He buys her a doughnut at McDonald's and becomes embroiled in a confrontation with a mammoth, terrifying man-Iggy, Candy's all-controlling pimp. Candy's hooked on heroin, but Joe and Candy begin a delicate and electric relationship anyway. Joe's confused entrancement by Candy shimmers under Brooks's deft hand. He's addicted to her almost like she is to heroin. When Iggy catches up with them, they may be murdered-or the victim could be Joe's sister, who's been taken hostage by Iggy. Candy goes cold-turkey off drugs in Joe's country cottage; the violent denouement offers real suspense. Only a disturbing association between scariness and black skin mars Brooks's narrative, not simply because Iggy is black but because it's mentioned over and over again. Otherwise, this is a psychological page-turner adeptly capturing love's hypnotic feel. (Fiction. YA)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439683272
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.21(d)
Lexile:
640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
15 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Kevin Brooks is the groundbreaking author of the internationally acclaimed novels DAWN; BLACK RABBIT SUMMER; BEING; THE ROAD OF THE DEAD, a Mystery Writers of America "Edgar" nominee; CANDY; KISSING THE RAIN; LUCAS; and MARTYN PIG, which received England's Branford Boase Award for Best First Novel. Brooks lives in Yorkshire, England.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 30, 1959
Place of Birth:
Exeter, Devon, England
Education:
B.A. in Cultural Studies, Aston University, 1983

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought Candy was a compelling book. It takes you into the dark world of prostitution, drugs, and addiction. All of it gets seen through the eyes of Joe the main character. He has to watch Candy live this terrible life. I think the author does a good job of bringing this world to life. We get to witness all the terrible things about the underworld almost through our own eyes. The author shows that anyone can get sucked into this world. Candy came from a good stable home.The book also shows how strong addiction can be. Weather its to drugs or something else entirely.I would recommend this book as well as others by Kevin Brooks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all 364 pages of this book in three days. That's how good it is. It's a boy meets girl situation that's just really exciting. All the things Joe, the protagonist, and Candy, Joe's love interest, went through together! If you're looking for a book that you can simply enjoy for what it is, then this is a great one. Based on my taste, Candy is one of the best books I've ever read. It was easy to get into and I loved the story line. It's one of those books you just want to pick up and read all over again. Because it's genuinely good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it just me or is does this book remind you of Scott Pilgrim and Ramona and not only because of the hair. The book is amazing and needs to be read immediately.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading the book candy because i saw another person reading it as well. I thought I'd give it a try. I flipped the pages of this book gently at first, and then i realized i was rushing through the pages really. The words are intense, the paragraphs to die for, and the chapters... you need to read more of. Personally i cant relate to these characters. But i can say i feel for them. i mean i feel for his compassion towards her. And i believe he can help her get over the messed up life she has lived for years. There's a lot of things you can say about this book but one very important simile that you will understand once reading is... I WAS HOOKED, HOOKED LIKE CANDY WAS ON DRUGS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Umm yes why?
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I do. I gtg. Talk to esperanz or something.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im looking for a master. Age 12 hair colour brown really sexy and master must fuq me really hard. Take me take me now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im on.
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He watches.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in with a light blue bra and matching thong. She looked around for any cute looking boys.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in na.ked looking for a hor.ny guy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*her body cant handle a overdosage she dies chained to the wall like an animal*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thx
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Im bored
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I see. Kisses julia.
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She mewed "Thank you."
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Hello?
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Hey gurl iz Jax how ya doing/recovering?i missed u good to c that u havent forgotten about me!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love Jax
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I absolutely love this book! It was amazing.