Non è mai facile avere quattordici anni. Le difficoltà della vita sembrano insormontabili, il futuro così lontano e incerto... A volte per lasciarsi alle spalle una realtà dolorosa e insostenibile la fuga sembra l’unica soluzione. È il caso di Tar, che con Gemma decide di scappare da una casa di genitori violenti e alcolizzati, e di adattarsi a vivere per strada e in case occupate.
Ma c’è anche un altro tipo di fuga, che promette ancor più di allontanare problemi e sofferenze, sollevare corpi troppo pesanti per giovani anime che aspirano alla leggerezza: l’eroina. E Tar e Gemma, insieme, scopriranno l’altra faccia di una droga che, impietosa, annulla e cancella personalità, dignità ed emozioni. Un romanzo di formazione crudo, vero e profondo, ma anche una storia di rinascita e riscatto, di scelte coraggiose per liberarsi dalla dipendenza e di un nuovo, seppur difficile, inizio.
Età di lettura: da 13 anni.
"Una storia vera e forte che non fa dormire."
- ISBN: 8862566530
- Casa Editrice: Salani
- Pagine: 266
- Data di uscita: 20-09-2012
"Not suitable for younger readers" - the warning on the back cover is well worth taking seriously. A classic and well-deserving Carnegie Medal winner, Junk is painful to read for the reason that it is truthful, accurate and told in the voices of young people falling victim to heroin addiction. They
I read this years and years ago when i was about 11 so i remember it was very different reading it the 2nd time around when I am 26. Entertaining. I'd rather a YA about drugs any day of the week than some shitty high school romance. Fan girl etc etc etc etc
5 Words: Toxic, addiction, manipulation, love, realisation. This book is one of my favourites of all time. It's so real and brave and gritty and it's UKYA at its absolute prime. It's difficult and challenging. At the start, I always love Tar and hate Gemma. By the end I've always changed my mind about Leggi tutto
Junk is the drugs book against which I judge all drugs books, and so far nothing’s come close to matching Melvin Burgess’s unflinching portrayal of Bristol’s City Road in the 1980s through a heroin-addled lens. Burgess has no time for either hushed, poetic contemplations on heroin or clumsy, moralist Leggi tutto
Meet Gemma and Tar, two 14 year old friends. Tar is a nice lad, thoughtful, intelligent and full of puppy love for Gemma, but Tar is also the victim of abuse from his parents. Gemma is a devoted friend, likes a good time and is all for helping Tar. She has parents the opposite of Tar's, they care to Leggi tutto
Wow. This was a powerful book. Tar and Gemma are fourteen year old friends. Tar comes from an unhappy background, filled with abuse. Gemma comes from a smothering family when all she wants to do is have a good time. When Tar decides to run away, Gemma supports him and then decides to join him on the Leggi tutto
4.5 This is a tale of a group of runaway teenagers who end up addicted to smack/junk, aka heroin. We watch the characters spiral out of control, thinking "oh, I'll just be able to quit when I want to" which we find out is definitely not the case. Love happens, pregnancies happen (one in which the bab Leggi tutto
This book was recommended to me by a heroin addict, a beloved person who has since tragically died from an overdose. I'm still immersed in grief and read this to look for more answers. As difficult an account as it was, it definitely unsparingly showed the reality of what it's like to be under the
I find myself just thinking "meh" about this book--which is pretty good since I HATED it throughout the first half. I found the characters, particularly Gemma, to be shallow and annoying. Basically I wanted to pull my hair out anytime I read a chapter from Gemma's point of view. Looking back though, Leggi tutto
The cover is so fucking ugly but it's actually good
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