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SMACK

In Literature on November 29, 2008 at 9:46 am

 

51jypdggy6lRecently I picked up Melvin Burgess’ 1996 Carnegie Medal and Guardian Award winning novel Smack and was, yet again, emotionally affected. Two young teenagers run away from home and find shelter in a squat in Bristol, England with a couple who also happen to be heroine addicts.  Soon they are both hooked as well.  What starts as a venture of freedom turns into a struggle to hold onto something concrete. 

Originally printed in the UK under the title Junk, Melvin Burgess depicts the progressive fall into addiction candidly using the voices of ten different characters, opening up the bigger picture without alluding to the author’s point of view.  Scrounge up those old high-school summer reading lists and make sure to check this one off.  Better late than never.

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