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3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  719 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Saucy, shimmering, loud and larger than life - come get your sugar fix! It's survival of the fittest at Ravendene Comprehensive - the terrifying teenage jungle for which Kim Lewis must trade her safe, posh private school. But help is at hand - in the unlikely form of the rude, raucous, toxic and tantalising Maria (aka Sugar) Sweet, queen of the 'Ravers'. As Kim falls quick...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published May 6th 2005 by Young Picador (first published September 3rd 2004)
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Emily
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Reese
Dec 15, 2010 Reese rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
I find myself rarely saying this, but the television adaptation was far more engaging and charming. Otherwise as source material goes, it's a passable read.
Ashleigh
I can't help but feel a little disappointed with this. There was so much potential there for an amazing book - but I felt it was very 2D.

Kim, a 15 year old girl having to move from a posh all girls school to a co-ed hell hole, meets Sugar AKA Maria Sweet and just 'falls in love' with her. I use the phrase lightly, as it came over as more obsessive infatuation. It just made me feel a bit, I don't know, awkward I think is the best word.

I found the plot itself boring. Repetitive. Tedious. And any...more
Joanne
When Kim’s father makes her move from her posh girls school to the school fool of trouble makers. Sure she’s not going to fit in for being thought a snob, she’s surprised when Sugar, the most popular girl at school, befriends her. As Sugar leads Kim down the road of alcohol and drugs, Kim experiences things she never has before, including feelings for Sugar. Is she falling for her new best friend?

I’m so glad I never really saw the TV programme before I read this. From what I know of the programm...more
Kenya Liggons
Sugar Rush........... What can I say about this book? Well, a couple of days ago, I just got this book, and I really thought it was going to be good. My view from the time I got the book, to the time I ended the book, I was just like how come my view changed? The cover is very deceiving.... I don't typically read these types of books, but I did, because I am open to all kinds of genres.... Umm this book starts off with this character, named Kim. Kim is a fifteen year old high schooler, she has...more
Ashleigh
Essentially, I loved this story and its message. My only complaint is the almost unbearable stamp of militant feminism -of the man-hating variety- that undercuts seemingly every turn of event throughout the whole book, to the point where it's obvious the writer is speaking, not the protagonist. This veered towards a loosely-veiled essay at times and it's only because of the 90s-early-2000s nostalgia and authenticity of every character that this didn't bother me so much.
In all, Sugar Rush isn't w...more
Linda
The show is so MUCH better. I've forgone the sequel because the writing in this one was so bad.
Rebecca
This book is about a girl named Kim. She's 15 and going to a nice high school in Brighton England. She has one good friend and father and younger brother at home. Her mother, we soon discover, left with a young man. Kim is very confused her family is newly seperated so the household has changed. Her mother used to like to listen to lots of music and watch the television all the time. Her house was always noisy when her mother was home. Once her mother left her home became very quite and more ord...more
Amy
I started reading this, then had to go back and start again because I'd put it down for so long. I really liked this book.
I liked how Julie Burchill wrote Kim, a fifteen year old girl who basically fell in love with her best friend and couldn't see past that. That's what its like when you are that age.
And Sugar, I kinda fell in love her myself. There is something about her that is kind of charming.
The book repeats itself a lot and it could get a bit boring in places, but I loved the characters....more
Coffeeboss
15-year-old Kim gets transferred from a private girls school to the scrappy high school that has a rep for housing the bad kids. Leaving her old bitchy best friend behind, she is now in new territory and falls under the wing of the bewitching Maria "Sugar" Sweet. Well, she actually falls into a mad crush on Sugar, who is gorgeous, tough, flirtatious, and hard to pin down. Though the book is a girl-on-girl first love story, and it has a refreshing sexiness to it, the story is more about class com...more
ROSSON
Sugar Rush is Julie Burchill's YA novel about a middle-class teen girl named Kim who is forced to leave what she sees as a comfortable, if dull, private school education to go to a state school, where she encounters the casual drinking, drug-taking and sexual culture that comes with being in a more working-class environment. But she also meets Maria Sweet a.k.a Sugar, the hard-drinking, hard-partying, flirtatious rebel and so called "Queen of the Ravers" and suddenly finds herself questioning he...more
Nick Rowe
In trying to write a novel for young adults on the topic of homosexuality and homophobia, I felt that Sugar Rush would be a good place to find the "line" which I'm not allowed to cross. I was disappointed.
There is pretty much nothing 'explicit' about this book. Yes, they smoke weed, drink and occasionally partake in sexual activity (which is never seen), but does that make it explicit, or does that make it reflect the culture today?
There are very few books on this kind of topic aimed at this rea...more
Laura
I loved the Channel 4 series ‘Sugar Rush’ when it was first aired on UK television so you can imagine my excitement when I discovered that the series was actually based on a book of the same name. I’ve had this book on my ‘to-read’ list for a while and I finally got around to reading it for my ‘S’ book for the SUMMER challenge.

I think, taken at face value, this book is really good. It’s just a small story about a teenage girl and her dealing with her sexuality with an added bit of teenage rebell...more
Tara Calaby
You hear about this one a lot, possibly due to the TV show, so I had high hopes for it. Unfortunately, it just didn't meet those expectations for me. I wasn't really big on the style – while it was trying to be authentic, all the capslock started to get to me by the end – and I felt like the ending was completely unsupported by the text. (Actually, I felt like that with a lot of the plot.) More importantly, though, I found all of the characters (except for Kim's dad, perhaps) to be extremely unl...more
katie
...And now I've finished it. I'm disappointed, because it could've been fantastic, but it just wasn't. The feel of it's wonderful, the language is wonderful, but the plot's--well, patchy. Plus, and this is a little thing, but it confused me quite a few times--the same character can get called three different names (from the narrator's perspective) just on the one page. First line she'll be Clements, next paragraph she'll be Zoe, next paragraph she'll be Saint. Like I said, little thing but CONFU...more
Georgie
4 Stars
I'm surprised at how much I liked this book. I think it's probably because I am 15 year old girl and it's showing this insight of confusing teenage life. It is rather a strange book which I wouldn't go sharing with my parents, with almost every page containing a few words in all caps. The story is not what caught me though; it was the characters perspective of being a teenager. Altogether, I was pleasantly surprised by it.
Jerrica
I thought that this was going to be another book about popularity. A book about the vain drama queen and her unassuming little sidekick. I was surprised. Kim is an interesting, constantly changing character. Sometimes that bothers me in books, but it was a nice fit for her. Sugar was a stunning but stupid girl, but you could see her struggles on grappling with life. Zoe AKA "Saint" was a bit of an unbelievable character. She was an amazing runner, a brain, and yet she smoked and well, did other...more
Lirael
Apalling. The writing, especially coming from a known journalist was poor and entirely uninviting. Why this book is so popular I cannot fathom. I was truly looking forward to reading it and it was an immense let down.
Live and learn.
Vanessa
Quite an interesting take to the gay adolescent life. I found it quite repetitive and I sometimes wanted to shake some sense into Kim, but then everyone has to live and make their own mistakes. I liked the ending though, quite a twist.
Stephanie Davies
Only about two thirds through but I already know this is the most casually racist, ableist and transphobic piece of trash I've ever read. I don't know how I expected anything different of Burchill.

UPDATE: It got worse.
Trisha
How tough can one teenage girl's life be? Her mom, always her "friend" and never her mom, has walked out and left her family a shell of what it once was. As she struggles through, she is moved from one posh school to the roughest in the neighborhood.

As if all of that isn't hard enough - she then falls in love with the IT girl at her school - her new best friend. A girl who's always in the spot light, always wild and free and carefree - Sugar gets her into a world she's never dreamed of.

A roller...more
Layla
This was one of my childhood books. It deals with some issues around sexuality and adolescence. I remember enjoying, but I've definitely outgrown it.
Julie
This was a great read! Ive wanted to read this books for a couple of years now, so I'm glad I finally picked it up at the library :) The descriptions and comparisons in "Sugar Rush" are really amazing. I read it in one sitting, and it really did feel like riding a wave. When I first started reading "Sugar Rush" I felt very much like the main character, Kim, and I was happy she was getting some new adventures so I could live vicariously through her, lol. But when the book came to an end, I felt e...more
Kricket
when her mother abandons the family, kim "kimbo" "kiz" lewis switches to a rougher school and meets ave maria "sugar" sweet. they become close friends and kim falls in love with sugar. sugar seems to return her feelings, but kim soon discovers that the way sugar loves her is not the way she wants to be loved.

i enjoyed the writing and found kim's voice very humorous, although the book is already a little dated. i had to google some of the british slang/phrases. i'm not sure it has much of an audi...more
Rania Ajjan El Hadid
This is an interesting book aimed at older teens, to show them the difficulties life can throw at you. I liked the fact that it was unlike most teen stories as the problems were more controversial.
Andrea
Okay I re-read this (10/12) because I'd forgotten I'd read it (in 10/9/10) and it was actually quite gripping, like an episode of Skins. There's some weird race stuff which I need to think more about, that sort of Sarah Silverman-y "edgy" humor which I actually kind of hate most of the time but there's something real going on in this book so I just went with it. I don't know. I also couldn't parse the class stuff, but I think the narrator is meant to be from a more posh background, or middle-cla...more
Rhonda
Fuck it I'm off to Brighton!!
Cecilie
Lame. Hopeless.
Elaine
This is a book I want to read aloud, but have no clue whether or not I could - the accent (British) I could pull off, but the teenage slang, I would probably slaughter. The book was amazing in every way. I read it in only two sittings. Every time I thought I would stop at a pausing point, there were NO pausing points and I couldn't stop! This book addressed teenage sexuality as well as homosexuality and mainstream perceptions of the feminine in the most childish yet mature way. Highly recommende...more
Natasha
This was a really thought-provoking book for me personally--I'm not sure what other people will take from it! It made me think back on all my friendships and analyze what role I played in those relationship (leader (teacher)/follower). The protagonist's friendships really disturbed me (not the lesbian aspect, for some reason that seemed secondary). I wonder if the British-ness of the story and language will be a barrier for some students. That was the part I liked the best--so fascinating...
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Julie Burchill is an English writer and columnist known for her provocative comments. Beginning as a writer for the New Musical Express at the age of 17, she has written for newspapers such as The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She is a self-declared "militant feminist". She has several times been involved in legal action resulting from her work. She is also an author and novelist, her 1989 novel...more
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