Melvin Burgess

Great for age 12+

Junk = heroin = bliss = despair = a love affair you'll never forget

Tar loves Gemma, but Gemma doesn't want to be tied down - to anyone or anything. Gemma wants to fly. But no one can fly forever. One day, somehow, finally, you have to come down.

Melvin Burgess's controversial young adult novel Junk redefined teenage fiction with its frank and honest portrayal of teenagers addicted to heroin in Bristol.


Junk by Melvin Burgess won the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1997 and the Carnegie Award in 1996. It was nominated for the Costa in 1997. It currently has an age rating of 12+ years and a 5 star rating on TheBookSeekers. There are currently no reviews for this book on this site. Click on the + buttons to include your own ratings!

Junk was written by Melvin Burgess. It was created especially for YA readers. The location Bristol are linked with this book.

Tags: drug abuse, heroin and heroin addiction

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