Candy [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...
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Candy

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Overview

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.
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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545229999
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 134,932
  • File size: 431 KB

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.

Good To Know

In our interview, Brooks shared some interesting facts about himself with us:

"I used to work in a crematorium."

"When I was young, I fell out of a window and landed on my head. B-b-b-b-but I'm all right now...."

"I have six guitars and a banjo."

"I like: reading, walking on the beach with my wife and our dog, losing at chess, playing guitar, sleeping, thinking, wearing hats, watching TV crime dramas and The Simpsons, feeding my goldfish, eating sandwiches, making funny noises, and much, much more. Most of all, though, I love writing: it's what I do, and I adore every minute of it."

"I dislike: worms, mustard, and anything that hurts."

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2009

    Candy by Kevin Brooks

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2011

    Awesome

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2011

    Scott Pilgrim

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2009

    A Unexpected relationship between me and this book...

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Windpaw

    She padded in. "I would like to join."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Blue Eyes

    She follows her leader at then glances over her shoulder at Thunderstrike "Be careful."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Thunderstrike

    I decided to part ways.... to Scorchclan...... this clan is not in need for a cat like me....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Deadstar to Midnightstar

    At typhoon res 6 you might want to delete or change your bio. Youre still welcome at my Clan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Firekit

    I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Shimmersky

    She mewed "Thank you."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Oakkit

    Bye. Bbt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    TO FIREKOT AND OWLKIT

    YOUR WANTED AT YOUR REAL HOME AT TYPHOON RES 1 MIDNIGHSTAR LIED ON WJO YOUR FATHER WAS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Nightclaw

    Hello?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Sugarblaze

    Ooooo.ooooo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Midnightstar

    Gtg be back in an hour.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    To Issable new message

    I can talk now...im not as busy right now.Love Jax:3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Isa

    No. I um...cant. ya know...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Candy Corn

    Name:
    Candy
    Corn <br><br>
    Gender:
    F <br><br>
    Race: Alicorn <br><br>
    Nickname:
    Candy <br><br>
    Age: 26 <br><br>
    Eyes:
    Orange <br><br>
    Mane and Tail: Yellow <br><br>
    Coat: Orange <br><br>
    Wing Outline: Gold <br><br>
    Horn: Silver with spirals <br><br>
    Powers: Making Candy <br><br>
    Crush: Hazelnut <br><br>
    Siblings: Lemon
    Drop,
    Black
    Licorice,
    Minty
    Green,
    Pepper
    Mint,
    Caramel
    Delight,
    Chocolate
    Fall,
    Gum
    Drop,
    Cookie,
    Creme,
    Rainbow Skittles, and
    Blue Rasberry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Interesting

    Have Not Had Time To Read It Yet But I Have Heard Good Things About It! :)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    DUA comments and applications

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