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Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack!

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  881 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
"Does heroin give you pimples?" Tucker asked.

"All junk does. Junkies love sweets," Dinky said authoritatively. "I never met a junkie who didn't verge on bulbous acne."

"How can you eat and talk about bulbous acne?" Tucker said.

"I'm not finicky," Dinky answered.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by HarperTeen (first published 1972)
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lucy by the sea
May 16, 2012 lucy by the sea rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because...

I like books set in New York and surrounding environs in the 1970's
I like books with anxious teen narrators
I like books with obnoxious teen characters who tell their superiors to suck it
I like books with well described fashion and hair
I like books which feature libraries and cats and interesting food
I like books with political undertones
I like books with stilted dialogue

I like this books cover
I like this books insides too
Jun 06, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing
"People who don't shoot smack have problems too" This is one of my all time favorite young adult novels, and the reason why I'd read all of Kurt Vonnegut by the time I was 17. I read this book over & over as a young teen, but I haven't read since then and revisiting it now all these years later it is still as fresh and immediate as ever it was. ME Kerr describes young teens with such immediacy that the fact it was written in an era of mimeographs & typewriters is immaterial; Tucker, Dink ...more
Nov 14, 2014 Lisafliny rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books from childhood. So glad I found this one again. Amazing how a YA novel can touch on so many issues. Didn't buy a copy because I wasn't sure how it would hold up. Definitely buying one now.
May 13, 2010 Jessie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-children-s
Don't let the ridiculous cover fool you this book is amazing, and not about drug use at all. It's funny and full of quirky characters. Wes Anderson should turn it into a movie.
Mar 22, 2014 Pashi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure what I was expecting from this story. I first found it in a tome of children's literature about a year a ago or so; it had the first chapter and I remember thinking the writing was fun, very smart, and sharp witted. When I finally got around to reading it now, I had no regrets! The writing was charming and very realistic, the young teenagers were written with intrinsic wit and intelligence and while part of the story did focus on romance - which I usually do not have a predilection ...more
Oct 29, 2012 Kachina rated it it was amazing
A book about flawed people, some who think they know everything, some who think they know nothing. By the end, almost all of them have found out they were wrong.
Yes, I have a thing for ya books set in New York City in the 1970s. This book doesn't have a dated feel, at least not in a bad way. I can see it appealing to modern readers. It's more about human relationships than anything else, and that's something anybody can relate to.
Plus, it's full of great quotes! Some of my favorites:
"There are
Dec 18, 2013 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a book! Dinky, overweight and kind of angry about this even though she constantly eats, meets an overweight guy who is also on the fringes of school, falls in love, though they haven’t reckoned with Dinky’s controlling mother, devoted to her own cause of helping drug addicts, and failing to recognize her daughter’s own problems, but trying to control Dinky’s feelings with sarcasm and anger.

But the narrator is Tucker, who falls in love with Dinky’s cousin, a girl with her own problems, and w
Sep 05, 2011 Raelene rated it it was amazing
"Don't understand me too quickly" is the teaser quip on the cover page of this novel and aptly describes one of the most powerful themes of the novel. Each and every character can be described with this maxim - from the brash and overly-opinionated P.John to Tucker's mother who wants desperately to be something more than a mother. Also - a great commentary about a parent/adult who, obsessed with "doing good in the world," ignore the problems right at home.

This would create fantastic class discus
Mar 22, 2010 Anne rated it liked it
Shelves: re-reading
Yesterday I used the word "recidivist" in conversation and remembered that the first time I heard that word was in Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack!. I will never quite be able to figure out why I read this book so many times when I was in middle school, but maybe when I finish re-reading it I'll have a better idea.
Nov 28, 2011 Ldrhc rated it it was amazing
OMG....I loved this book in the 8th grade. We were shocked our teacher let us read a book with a drug nickname in the title. Boy, times have changed.
Jun 04, 2013 Karyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this in 5th grade right after reading Go Ask Alice.. Passed both of them down to my 14 year old hoping they enlighten her as much as they did me.
Sep 06, 2010 Jack rated it it was amazing
Like a time capsule. A funny one.
Jan 12, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
All I can say is WOW.
Feb 10, 2017 Karin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
Kerr, M.E. Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack. New York: Harper Trophy, 1972.

Characters: Susan Hocker aka Dinky, Tucker Woolf, Natalia, P. John Knight, Mr. and Mrs. Hocker (Dinky's parents), Marcus, Mr. and Mrs. Woolf (Tucker's parents), Jingle

Setting: 1970’s Brooklyn, New York

Themes: friendship, boy-girl friendships, family relations, self-image, first love, romantic relationships, addiction and rehabilitation

Plot/Summary: A quirky friendship begins between Tucker Woolf and Dinky Hocker when he has to
Where do I start with this book? First off let me just say that my book was misprinted after page 64 pages 33-64 were printed again then it went back to normal. I was just wondering if anyone else had that problem. (It is the edition that I reviewed.) Anyway, I see that I’m the only person to give this book one star, but I will explain why I did so, because one of my biggest pet peeves is when people don’t explain why they gave a book a certain rating.
So first off I hated Susan’s parents! Her fa
Amy Rae
Mar 09, 2015 Amy Rae rated it really liked it
More of a 3.5 than a four. Goodreads, I need fractions of stars, please give me this thing.

All right, I technically didn't need to read any more M.E. Kerr novels for my author paper this month...but they're like Pringles. I just can't stop (and they're so much more delicious than Pringles anyway). And I wanted to see where Kerr started in YA lit, what she decided to write after Louise Fitzhugh suggested she write books for young people. (If you needed more reason to think M.E. Kerr was awesome,
Aug 30, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-gslis-722
Tucker Woolf, "a male cat-lover who was also a lover of libraries," meets the title character after he is forced to adopt out his cat, Nader, because of his father's newly developed allergies. Dinky is a formidable new owner for Nader, her physical size certainly as intimidating as her raw wit, unflinching honesty (about anything other than herself), and fascination with the odd. When Dinky's cousin Natalia comes to stay with the Hocker family, Tucker finds himself using Nader as an excuse to vi ...more
Megan Richardson
I didn't like this book at all. Tucker's father has lost his job and developed an allergy to their cat, which leads to him meeting Dinky Hocker, a neighborhood girl with a bad attitude. He doesn't particularly like her, but is intrigued by her live-in cousin so he goes back to visit the cousin, Natalia, and his ex-cat. In order to date Natalia, he has to find a date for Dinky as well which leads to him introducing Dinky to P. John, who's even more annoying than she is. Dinky develops feelings fo ...more
Sam Tanner
Nov 18, 2016 Sam Tanner rated it really liked it
Tucker Woolf is 15 years old and his problems start before the book even starts. His father lost his job and they had to move to “Brooklyn Heights”. Things become even worse for Tucker. His adopted cat Nader, which he found when they moved to Brooklyn Heights, Tucker’s father became allergic to the cat and he had to get rid of Nader. This is when Dinky Hocker comes into the book, She’s is an overweight teenage girl who wants to adopt Nader, Little did he know this encounter with the new teen wou ...more
Kerr, M.E. Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack. New York: Open Road Media, 1972.

Characters: Susan "Dinky" Hocker; Helen Hocker; John Hocker; Dinky’s cousin, Tucker Woolf

Setting: Los Angeles, California

Theme: Self-image, Friendships, Relationships, Rehabilitation

Plot/Summary: Dinky is an overweight 15 year-old girl who faces the everyday social issues within an adolescent’s life. The story also includes perspectives from other characters such as her cousin, Tucker, who narrates the beginning of the novel
Sep 30, 2011 Kari rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
While I won't say it is the best teen read that I have ever read, I think that it is an honest look at the life of a teen trying to navigate his or her way into adulthood. It is also a story of a troubled teen who is failing miserably at trying to connect with her parents. Even though it was written in 1972, I think that this is very relevant to today. When Tucker Woolf must find a new home for his cat, he meets Susan "Dinky" Hocker and her cousin Natalia. He develops an unlikely friendship with ...more
Fifteen-year-old Tucker Woolf is something of a social misfit. He hides many of the truths about himself--he loves cats and feels most at home in a library--and wonders if he will ever be anything approaching normal. As things change in his family dynamics, he is drawn into the circle of Dinky Hocker whose mother expend most of her energy helping recovering addicts. Despite her concern for those addicts, Mrs. Hocker belittles her daughter and the romantic possibilities of her would-be boyfriend ...more
Jul 18, 2014 Haley rated it it was ok
Shelves: lis-722
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May 03, 2008 Tattered Cover Book Store added it
Recommended to Tattered Cover by: Jocelyn
Shelves: staff-recommends
Jocelyn says:

Looking for a good book for your young teen? Perhaps the title Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack! wouldn't endear itself to you. I could feel myself mentally shrinking away from this book even as I shelved it. Last week there was a big discussion over where to shelve it-(was this really a book for older kids or did it belong in the more world-savvy young adult section???) and it turned out neither of us had actually read it. We had both judged it purely on it's title. So- you guessed it- I
Jan 16, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it
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Sep 28, 2008 Amber rated it it was ok
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Aug 29, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it
Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack is the story of how Tucker, Dinky and Natalia become friends (through Nader the cat), and how Dinky's overeating eventually brings her (not obviously broken) family together .

This story deals a lot with family life and interpersonal relationships.

I had a hard time getting the feel of this book at first. But, once things started happening it wasn't too bad. I liked that Tucker was very much a normal teen; there was nothing special about him, he was always confused abou
Nov 14, 2012 Angel rated it really liked it
I was quite a few chapters in before I noticed the absolute lack of cell phones and a few other quirks that made me check the copyright date. I was surprised to find it was published in 1973. Despite no cell phones and China's recent addition to the UN, this book could have been written today.

Teenage problems are universal.

The dichotomy between parents and children are universal.

The human condition is the human condition regardless if it's 1973 or 2012. Who we are and what we fundamentally wa
Dec 01, 2015 Fredy rated it it was amazing
The book Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack by Marijane Meaker. Over all it wasn’t a bad book. The book taught you ay lesson while at the same showing an interesting plot. The book was about the trait self image. Dinky was obese but didnt care how she looked at first. Later on John. P who encouraged her to lose weight and she encouraged John to lose wait as well. However John was more encouraged after leaving and lost a great amount of weight.

A second reason why I believe it was a good book because it sh
Jan 27, 2013 Kayleigh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I honestly can't understand why Kerr's work has garnered so much praise. I read several of her books as a teen and the best thing I can say about any of them is "Well, I didn't hate it." But I didn't on any level enjoy it either, nor do I find Kerr's writing to be anything more than passable.
When I came across this book, I hoped it would be an exception to those rules--the title caught my attention, and the story sounded interesting. Unfortunately, it didn't resonate with me at all, unless you
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M. E. Kerr was born Marijane Meaker in Auburn, New York. Her interest in writing began with her father, who loved to read, and her mother, who loved to tell stories of neighborhood gossip. Unable to find an agent to represent her work, Meaker became her own agent, and wrote articles and books under a series of pseudonyms: Vin Packer, Ann Aldrich, Laura Winston, M. E. Kerr, and Mary James. As M. E. ...more
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