"Everything is free. That's the secret. The only thing that isn't free is you. You do as you're told; you sit in your seat till they say, 'Stand.' You stay put till they say, 'Go.' Maybe that's the way you like it. It's easy. It's all there. You don't have to think about it. You don't even have to feel it. I sometimes wonder how this planet keeps on sticking to my feet. They did everything they could to pin me down: my mum, my dad, school. They put me in homes with kind guys and they put me in homes with bastards. They did things to me you can't even talk about. I'm okay. What about you"?
Melvin Burgess's most ambitious and complex novel to date is a multi-faceted and vivid depiction of a group of young people in the grip of drug addiction, told in many different voices, from the addicts themselves to the friends watching from the outside who try to prevent tragedy.
"John Retallack's excellent adaptation of Melvin Burgess's controversial Carnegie Medal winning novel is splendidly unpatronising…a truly cautionary tale." (
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Great story, bad acting
Junk is an amazing book, building a very clear picture of the lives of it's characters however the voice acting brings it down because the actress uses northern accents for people who have lived their lives in the South West of England.
If she can get the accents right, then possibly. Many of the characters are from the South West of England ( Gemma, Tar, Solly) and she gives them all Northern English accents for some reason. This is really irritating, especially for Solly who expressly tells you that he has lived his entire life in Bristol so why he has a Yorkshire accent is beyond me. Its either lazy preparation or not reading the book before narrating it.
You can do, its riveting enough to do.
- C. E. Cree