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Candy

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,211 Ratings  ·  384 Reviews
Kevin Brooks is at the top of his YA game in this "provocative, suspenseful" (Booklist) novel. Now in a dynamic new Kevin Brooks repackaging!

When Joe meets Candy, it seems like a regular boy-meets-girl scenario. They chat over coffee, she gives him her number, and he writes her a song. But then Joe is drawn into Candy's world --- a world of drugs, violence, and desperation
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Push (first published January 1st 2005)
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Apokripos
Apr 30, 2011 Apokripos rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lovelorn teens... /wrist
Recommended to Apokripos by: the "Voice"
Love’s Another Drug
(A Book Review of Kevin Brooks’s Candy)


It’s hard to imagine life without Candy.

Addiction is a word most of us are familiar with and all of us have his/her vices, fixes we hanker for from time to time. But how powerful can an addiction be and how far can we go to satisfy this burning need?

Joe Beck is your average fifteen-year-old teen living a comfortable life in the suburbs of London; he gets by in his school studies and cares pretty much about his music playing bass for a ba
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Madeline
Feb 02, 2008 Madeline is currently reading it
So far, so awesome.
Kelly
Jan 23, 2013 Kelly added it
I loved this book! It included lots of action, some romance, and some thrilling parts, too. The main character is a boy named Joe. He goes into town for a specialized doctor but ends up meeting a girl at a fast food restaurant. Not just any girl. She was amazing in Joe’s eyes. She was beautiful and kind! At that fast food restaurant he meets someone who seems to be her pimp and he thinks she's a prostitute. But even though Joe thinks she is a prostitute, it does not stop him from liking her or t ...more
Bowtee
Jan 21, 2008 Bowtee rated it did not like it
Everyone's always ranting about how this book is so great. It let me down SO much. Kevin Brooks does this thing where he leads to a conclusion in the end but doesn't explain it because the character never seems to care. It works in some of his books like Being or The road of the dead, but i honestly didn't like this one.
Jaemi
Jan 12, 2009 Jaemi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fiction, favorites
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Juliajulciap
Jun 05, 2011 Juliajulciap rated it it was ok
It was good, till the ending. In my opinion it ended so randomly, it went down hill at the part when Candy is going through withdrawal. I enjoyed the aspect of Joe's odd obsession for Candy, and I believed that the book would develop into something really awesome. I wish I did not even finish the book because the last little bit was just aweful ruined the whole thing for me, and it seemed as though the authour just wanted to wrap it up. The ending just did not make sense and left me completely u ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Sep 08, 2015 Ahmad Sharabiani marked it as to-read
Kevin Brooks, Kevin Brooks
Erika
Sep 25, 2014 Erika rated it it was amazing
I decided to read Candy by Kevin Brooks really just because we had to read something in class and I just picked it up, read the blurb and started reading it for that reason. I really enjoyed reading this book as it had a bit of romance mixed in with Candy's horrific lifestyle. I also really enjoyed that it was told in Joe's point of view. A character that I found interesting was Joey because as I kept on reading I really didn't understand why he kept trying to protect Candy even though he knew a ...more
Kristina
May 21, 2010 Kristina rated it really liked it
Candy, LOVE is Dangerous.
Brooks, Kevin
PUSH, 2007

This gripping and provocative love novel basically falls under the genre of teen fiction. With unstoppable and naive romance, Kevin Brooks (author) portrays your typical boy-girl scenario attracting the attention of adolescent readers/audiences.

"I just cant see myself without her. About the best I can manage is the last half hour before we met, when I was just still a boy. I was innocent then." Joe Beck was your typical fifteen year old suburban hi
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
GAAAAAAHHH!!! I feel like I have so much to say about this book, yet I can't say enough, which just shows how much I loved it. I have only read two Kevin Brooks books now––Candy and Lucas––but he has already become one of my favorite authors. He has a great tone in his books. The narration feels very real and very sincere. I'm hanging onto every word. His characters are so real and have so much depth. Joe was a great main character, loooved him. And Candy … gahhh. Like, yeah she is a prostitute ...more
Nicole
Dec 20, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing
1. Plot Overview (Don’t give the ending away!) What did you like about the plot? Did it move quickly or slowly? What didn’t you like? Was it interesting or not? Why? Give details!

The plot moved extremely slow, thats why i liked it, it gave so much intensity and it defined every detail of a solution, and problem that was going on in the book, with the main characters Candy and Joe. It was very interesting, and intense, it keeps you wondering Why, and How. The way Candy's life is so harsh, and the
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Ev
Aug 02, 2010 Ev rated it really liked it
Kevin Brooks is a great writer who captures the reality of life in his books. Candy is a perfect example of that. In today’s society many teenagers end up at the bottom of existence, whether it was their choice or not. This is very provocative and suspenseful story about two teenagers that simply feel in love.

However, nothing is simple about their love. Candy’s troubled life brings down completely Joe’s simple yet empty life. When the reader follows the story of those two teens, he can’t help bu
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Jesse Richman
Sep 17, 2009 Jesse Richman rated it did not like it
This has got to be one of the worst pieces of modern YA fiction I've had the misfortune of reading in years. Cliche, predictable, and utterly unbelievable from start to finish (though trust me, it gets worse and worse as it goes). With so much spectacularly good work being done by the likes of David Levithan and John Green, I'm not sure why you would waste your time with this.
Valerie
Aug 10, 2013 Valerie rated it liked it
Shelves: teenfic
I liked this book. It had a lot of suspense and is a quick read once you invest the time in it. I wish the ending had been less vague.. makes me wonder if there will ever be a sequel. If I could give this book a 3.5 I would, but since I can't I'm settling with a 3.
Mark Hennion
Jun 22, 2014 Mark Hennion rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I encountered this book in a 2nd and Charles while helping my ten year old try to find a book for himself. At first, between the cover and the synopsis, I thought: "oh, someone must have misplaced this book. There's no way..."

Well, it certainly didn't belong in the children's section. After reading it, I find it hard to believe it is in the young adult's. I admit, I have read very little "young-adult" fiction at all, bar what I did in my youth (before the term came in to the common vernacular).

W
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Christine
Apr 06, 2010 Christine rated it really liked it
Candy is about a teenager named Joe Beck who was raised in a single-parent family. He met a girl named Candy at a train station in London, and became in love with her, but then he soon figured that Candy was not just a ordinary girl. She had a dark life full of violence, sex, and drugs. Because of how deeply Joe was in love with her, he is willing to save Candy from her dark life and her pimp"Iggy" before any other conflict starts to happen.

Candy would not be the only girl who had a dark past wi
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Rachel
Nov 09, 2011 Rachel rated it did not like it
meh...it took me an extremely long time to get through this (*gasp* I had to return it LATE to the library, astonishing I know) and that's coming from the girl who reads novels like it's an Olympic sport. Part of the reason is because of how Kevin Brooks writes, I swear if I read the words 'it was...I don't know, so much.' I WILL scream. You are a WRITER, for the book's sake get some dang adjectives! Plus, personally I don't like books where nothing really happens, and I mean things happen but n ...more
Sundeep Supertramp
Apr 05, 2012 Sundeep Supertramp rated it really liked it
I got this book from a friend.. If he didnt give this book, I would have missed a fine read.

I have never heard of kevin brooks and this book set a very good impression of his in my mind...

Coming to the story.

It is story of a boy (mind it, he is not a man, he is a boy), Joe who meets a girl, Candy in London when he goes to visit a doctor. He immediately falls in love. The girl turns out to be a prostitute and a drug addict. This is the story of his struggle to get her out of the underworld - pro
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Sammy
Jun 12, 2007 Sammy rated it really liked it
Shelves: b-the-good
I really need to review these books right after I read them... because I can't remember crap. Now... why did I give this one a B? Perhaps I should change it. Oh... because it was British. And anything British automatically gets a B in my book. But, looking back on it, the fact that it was British was really the only thing Candy had going for it.

It's a trendy book. Does that make sense? I can see this book becoming really popular, with people saying that it really targets a younger audience. What
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Komal
Mar 06, 2014 Komal rated it it was amazing
I decided to read this book because the title caught my eye and the summary was interesting.
I liked this book because Kevin Brooks has a unique style of writing and he describes everything so well not only using adjectives but metaphors that make you think. I liked everything about the book it was perfect.
The background and lifestyle of Iggy frightened me the way he was described made me think of someone immortal he was well described and everytime his name was mentioned in the story he gave o
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Autumn
Feb 10, 2012 Autumn rated it did not like it
Shelves: 10th-grade, abandoned
I abandoned this book because it was an absolute horrible piece of literature. The writing is very dry and it is a slow piece without a big climax. The constant mention of all the bad guys being black really got me mad, especially since this book isn't talking about racial issues its talking about a prostitute and a love struck boy. The mention of the main characters sisters boyfriend, mike, makes him seem like an "uncle tom"character, one that is acceptable in the eyes of caucasians because he' ...more
Maddy Merritt
May 22, 2013 Maddy Merritt rated it it was amazing
This book is one of best books I have ever read. The ending made me cry. I love reading books that capture a persons attention right away. Joe is by far my favorite character. He fell in love without even trying. At first I thought he was a bit obsessive, but I realized how he felt. A person can’t control who they fall for. Candy lacks self control. I can relate to her, because she does what she wants to do despite what other people think of her. I would recommend this book to teenage girls, bec ...more
Greta
Apr 19, 2016 Greta rated it liked it
2,5-3 stars. I think this book maybe is just not for me...
Sage Westbrook
May 20, 2014 Sage Westbrook rated it it was amazing
"Candy" by Kevin Brooks was a really twisted and addicting book.
I chose this book because I found interest in the plot. A boy meets a girl who seems just so perfect and beautiful, but the ugly truth is, she's a prostitute and she's also addicted to heroin.
This book was easy for me to read with the word usage. Any teenager could blast through this book and understand it because Davies tends to steer away from overly large words.
I felt the same sadness the main character, Joe, felt. He had to w
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Rachi
Jan 20, 2016 Rachi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me pareció un libro excelente, fácil de leer y me mantuvo pegada todo el tiempo.

Joe Beck es un chico de los suburbios de Londres, con una vida promedio para un adolescente de su edad, tiene roces con su papá, una banda, las chicas lo ponen nervioso y está en camino para ver a un doctor y que le quite una protuberancia en la muñeca; entra Candy, una chica de su edad pero con problemas que la superan a ella y a su precoz madurez.

Joe se mete más y más al vertiginoso espiral de la oscura vida de C
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Eleanor
Jun 27, 2015 Eleanor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would say that my true rating for this book is 3.5 stars, but it deserves to be rounded up rather than down. This novel is fast-paced with a mix of action, romance and a meaningful undertone of the importance of family. The characters all had depth and made me interested enough in their lives so I would want to read on. I think, the reason for me not saying that this book is up there with the best is that I feel like more could have been done with it. Also, some things just seemed a little too ...more
Meagan
Feb 16, 2011 Meagan rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
The content in this book wasn't altogether very surprising, given the blurbs and what I already understood it to be about. I didn't understand Joe's fascination with Candy, or his obsession. There wasn't enough depth behind it for me to really understand what happened there.

I didn't find anything particularly redeeming about Candy, or Joe, so I don't know. It was kind of a disappointing read for me.
Eleanor Luhar
Sep 16, 2015 Eleanor Luhar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"... a story as sharp as the title is sweet ..."

When I found this book in the library, I had never heard of it before. I had no idea what to expect, or how good the author - Kevin Brooks - is. At first I wasn't certain how I was feeling about Candy, but a few pages in and I must admit I was hooked.

This is not a typical book about boys and girls, love and loss. This is a book about real-life problems that nobody wants to admit are drifting around this world. This is a book about facing the facts
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Sam Valladolid
Dec 31, 2015 Sam Valladolid rated it liked it
Shelves: expected-more, 2015
2.5/5

Me gustó, pero no me gustó. Agh.

Cuando tomé este libro de la biblioteca no pude contenerme y decidí comenzarlo en el instante de camino a casa. No puedo describir lo enamorada que estaba con el comienzo del libro. La prosa del autor me dejó cautivada y por un momento pensé que tendría mi siguiente libro favorito en las manos...vaya decepción me llevé.

La primera mitad del libro me tenía enganchada, no quería soltarlo pero el problema fue la siguiente mitad. Fue un tormento acabarlo. El prota
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Carlie
Jan 15, 2014 Carlie rated it liked it
Candy, written by Kevin Brooks, is a book about love. This isn’t just any book about love, however. There are many twists and turns that are unexpected. Joe, just a shy boy band member riding a train to the city, meets Candy, a prostitute addicted to heroin. By these descriptions, it would not be thought of for these two to be together, but after seeing her, Joe cannot get the image of this girl out of his mind. After getting to know her better, Joe finds that he needs to help her escape the li ...more
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Kevin Brooks was born in 1959 and grew up in Exeter, Devon, England. He studied Psychology and Philosophy at Birmingham, Aston University in 1980 and Cultural Studies in London in 1983. Kevin Brooks has been in a variety of jobs including: musician, gasoline station attendant, crematorium handyman, civil service clerk, hot dog vendor at the London Zoo, post office clerk, and railway ticket office ...more
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“It's not easy-living in a void, living and dying inside your head…wanting what you want so much that you'd give everything else to get it- but the time still passes, the days go on…and as long as there's still a tomorrow, there's always a chance. ” 49 likes
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