Junk: Adapted for the Stage

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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.

"Retallack's excellent adaptation of ... Burgess's controversial Carnegie Medal winning novel is splendidly unpatronizing ... a truly cautionary tale."—Independent

"Junk is perhaps the clearest sign yet that British theatre for ...

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Overview

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.

"Retallack's excellent adaptation of ... Burgess's controversial Carnegie Medal winning novel is splendidly unpatronizing ... a truly cautionary tale."—Independent

"Junk is perhaps the clearest sign yet that British theatre for children and young people is beginning to grow up."—Guardian

"Melvin Burgess is a writer of the highest quality with exceptional powers of insight."
The Sunday Times

Tells, in the voices of many individuals, of two fourteen-year-old runaways in Bristol, England, who find a home with anarchists and get involved in vandalism, shoplifting, and prostitution to support their growing addiction to heroin.

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"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780413738400
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Modern Plays Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.05 (w) x 7.87 (h) x 0.22 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2005

    A rather realistic view of the young junkie life

    'Junk,' which is the original title of the book 'Smack' by this same author, is a rather realistic peek into the life of a young heroin addict. It correctly depicts the transition from 'soft' drugs, such as marijuana, to the eventual usage and subsequent addiction to heroin. While true that not every drug user tries and becomes dependent on heroin, in reality, not many do. The feeling of invincibility that is inherent in teenagers is certainly apparent here, as is the open-mindedness of said age group. Melvin Burgess also accurately portrays the punk/anarchist scene in the mid-late 1980s in Britain. For young addicts, it is almost always certain that the girls will go into prostitution to support their various habits. Males also do it as well, though they are more prone to turning to theft and other forms of criminal activity to support their habit. Gang activity is also certainly a reality, although not pictured in this book. I recommend this book to ALL teenagers and especially those is the punk and goth scenes. This is not a stereotypical prejustice, but those scenes are where I was introduced to drugs and, eventually, heroin, though I was one of the lucky ones that never did get addicted. I had a close friend die of an overdose in front of me. That scared me straight, and now I live a SxE (straight-edge, a.k.a. poison free) life. Read this book and realize that dangers that your D.A.R.E. officer or parents tell you about are only too real, even if this book is fictional.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2005

    love it

    i love this book so much i made all of my friends read it...however one of them lost it so i dont have it anymore...its so good that im gona buy it again though! love it love it love it! xxx

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2004

    Oh My Gosh

    Junk was was such an eye-opener to the real world. I never knew that all this stuff when on when someone was addicted to drugs. After reading this book, I have vowed to never do drugs. This book was excellent!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2003

    eye opener

    This book was amazing. Not only the story line, but the opinions each character gives. I enjoyed this book very much. I am very interested in reading other books by Melvin Burgess.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2003

    Suspence in every page

    This book is not only about the dangers of drugs but the core of love, love of a person, and love of the junk. This book captured my attention completly! IT WAS GREAT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2003

    attention grabber

    it usually takes me a month or 2 to read a book but once i started reading it i read it in 2 days it was a wonderful book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2002

    amazing

    well, what can i say? well firstly this book was simply the best book i have ever read. I totally related to it, the punk/rebel aspects and the feeling that you just want to leave everything just to be with someone you think you want. I have experienced many of the feelings that Gemma goes through,especially the pregnancy,problems with parents, and the hold that drugs have. This book is more about the real feelings of drug addicts than any other book i have ever read. really, if you want a great book then buy this...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2002

    HEY HEY HEY

    SO IS JUNK THE NEW SMACK?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2002

    slap in the face

    This is a great book i've always wanted to runaway as a teen but when i read this i was thankful that i never did. at first it slightly glorifies young love and life on the streets. As the book goes on you find out just how wrong some fantasies are

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2002

    BEST BOOK EVER

    Junk was the best book I have ever read. I'm sixteen years old, and at first you can really relate, then it takes you on this rollercoaster of first time experiences, drugs, and becoming your own person. I recommmend this to anyone who plans on being glued to it to the end.

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