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Sugar Rush (Sugar #1)

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  987 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
'Oh, I'm not your friend.' My savior looked surprised. 'It's just that this is MY school. I'm Maria Sweet—Sugar. If you get bullied, it'll be when I say so.'

When Kim has to transfer from her posh school to Ravendene Comprehensive, the notoriously violent local school, she's scared—but then she meets Maria Sweet, better known as Sugar. Sugar is beautiful and wild, the queen
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by HarperTempest (first published September 3rd 2004)
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Dec 15, 2010 Reese rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
DNF at page 100

It was just a boring story.
Mar 19, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teenage-fiction
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Feb 18, 2010 Ashleigh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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
Mar 23, 2009 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The show is so MUCH better. I've forgone the sequel because the writing in this one was so bad.
Jun 29, 2009 Joanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
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
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
Mar 29, 2012 Rae rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
tres retardataire. author claims it took only ten afternoons to write; it's a shame she didn't spend another afternoon editing
Apr 14, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-coming-of-age
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
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
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
Oct 07, 2014 Ashleigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 03, 2012 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Dec 15, 2013 Liralen rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, reviewed, lgbtq, ya, z-2016
Deeply, distinctly 'meh'. What was the point here? To throw together a bunch of unlikeable, stereotype-heavy characters and let them run rampant across 278 pages? It's not even remotely a difficult read, but by the second half I'd (more than) had enough.

The one thing I do appreciate is the way Kim doesn't make a big deal of her attraction to another girl—she acknowledges that it's unexpected, but then she goes with it. There isn't any big coming-out plotline. But...I need a lot more than that to
Abbey Gray
This book was pretty average. There were no exciting events happen and I didn't like any of the characters. Especially the main character who I found really annoying. It also felt like the ending was very rushed.
Stephanie Davies
Sep 14, 2014 Stephanie Davies rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
It might have been becase I was reading a norwegian translation of this book, but something about the pacing of the book felt off for me and because of this the story didn't quite capture my interest.
Tobi Grantham
Oct 03, 2014 Tobi Grantham rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt-read
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.
May 12, 2014 Layla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 10, 2014 Cecilie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Lame. Hopeless.
Sep 15, 2012 Leah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Explicit content my ass.
Jul 20, 2011 Emma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-break-ups
not for me so giving up DNF
Jan 21, 2017 Jude rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This unrequited, hopes and dreams crushing, gay, gay, gay, coming of age story really resonated with me a person who has experienced a lot of what Kim has. I adored this book because every page felt like a slice of youth, in an "unapologetic"/ "this isn't poetic"/ "life is so bad you have to laugh at it" form of nostalgia rarely expressed. This book kept me awake laughing at Kim's expense.
Feb 20, 2017 Louise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The tv show is much better, not worth a read
Sep 11, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 11, 2007 katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: done-reading
...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
Aug 27, 2008 Jerrica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 02, 2008 Kricket rated it liked it
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
Dec 07, 2010 Juliet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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