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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Jay's life seems pretty sorted: 15 years old and already a rising member of the notorious Blake Street Boyz gang, he takes his lessons from the street. With a knife in his pocket and his best friend Milk by his side, their days are spent fiercely defending their turf.

When Jay gets the chance to step up and become a senior of the Boyz, he faces the biggest decision of his l
Hardcover, 361 pages
Published August 2nd 2012 by Random House Children's Books
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Joe Humphreys
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"When you're fifteen," writes Jay, protagonist of Lucas' hard hitting debut Turf, "everything matters." This is the book's opening sentence, and with such high stakes at the core of this powerful tale, it sums up all the pressures of being a wayward teenager searching for acceptance in all the wrong places perfectly. Set in the inner city borough of Hackney, Turf explores what it means to be a gang member faced with an impossible moral dilemma. Jay, under orders from psychotic gang leader Shads, ...more
Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, rhcb-brunch
This review originally appeared on my blog on the 23rd August, here

It all starts somewhere
I feel it imperative to start of this review by saying something about the inspiration not only behind the book but behind my reasoning in picking it up. Unfortunately there is a lot of violence and crime on the streets, especially in London amongst the youths. I don’t personally live in London myself but I do leave near to the city and the events of last summer truly shocked me. I was horrified and petrifi
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Die Boys beherrschten die Siedlung, und ich fand bald heraus, dass du ein Niemand bist, wenn du nicht zur Gang gehörst." (Seite 22)

Das Leben in einer Stadt oder einem Viertel, das von einer Gang beherrscht wird,kann man sich als Außenstehender vermutlich gar nicht vorstellen. Jay wird nicht in diese Welt hineingeboren, aber findet schnell heraus, wie der Hase läuft und passt sich an. Das muss er tun. Dieses Gang-Dasein bringt Rechte und Sicherheit für den Jungen mit sich, aber auch viele Regeln
Turf is a gritty and raw debut from British author John Lucas that offers a no holds barred insight into today's youth gang culture. Set on an estate of run down council tower blocks in London it is easy to imagine teens today who are caught in the same trap as fifteen year old Jaylon.

Jay never really made the choice to join the Blake Street Boyz, it was just something that all the kids on his estate aspired to. Those who aren't in the gang desperately want to be but those who are in soon find t
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Turf was an incredibly strong and powerful book that completely blew me away. Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that this isn’t my typical fare of book, but the premise was so intriguing, and the lovely people at Random House were so passionate when talking about this book that I had to give it a go.

The novel is fraught with tension, and Jay’s sense of entrapment is made very real for the reader – there’s almost a sense of claustrophobia the further into the book you get. Lucas creates
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at: ReadingToTheStarsAndBack

[Just a mini-review today! Less than 200 words!]

From the first page I connected with the main character, Jaylon. He was a very likeable character, even funny at times. I just wanted to jump in between the pages, give him a hug and tell him it’ll be alright. I strongly believe that inside…he was good. Even though he did bad things, he was a good person.

Jaylon is in gang, and the gang leader has told Jaylon that he has to kill a boy from their rivals.
Katy Noyes
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I wanted to like this more and give it 5 stars. It nearly happened.
For most of its length, Turf was a tense London gang story, with murders and initiations and a narrator who you can empathise with, he's just not strong enough to stay away from it.

The descriptions of the two rival gangs, their turf wars and language were all convincing and scary. Jaylon's relationships with his aunt (whom he lives with), absent gambler father and couch potato mother sad and honest.

It was the supernatural element
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was a real page turner and established the fact that I love to read in that genre cause it's the genre I also write in.
It's called Youth gangs in the library but I prefer to choose the theme "Social Literature" Sounds more posh, doesn't it! LOL.

Anyway, I love the raw style it's written in with a lot thoughts and inner turmoil of the Protagonist and really intriguing to see how he's gonna get out of this mess. I first was a little disappointed about the climax but then I thought it's t
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
While reading TURF, the only thing I could think was that this would be the type of thing 13 boys would love to be reading, if they could be bothered to find their own reading material. In my experience, 13 year old boys would rather be watching 15 and 18 rated films and/ or playing games, and the very people to thrust a book into their hands would recoil at the thought of giving them a book which contains all the swearing, casual violence and glorified drug taking that this book contains. While ...more
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I can't give this book a rating because I did not finish it and not because I thought the writing was bad it's because I couldn't get past the way the characters spoke. I know this might make me sound snobbish, & I'm in no way posh or speak the Queens English but I really hate thing like 'innit' I just can't stand it! I know it's in keeping with this story but I just couldn't bring myself to read past 100 pages.

I do like the authors writing though and I'd be more than happy to read something
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
this book started off so well with so much potential but as I got further and further into it, it took a turn for the worse. The religious twist at the end made no sense at all and to be completely honest seemed like a quick escape from a book that could have continued to be really rather good. If you want to read it, just stick to the first half or you'll ruin a good book for yourself
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great book set in hackney. Could have been unrelentingly grim but the addition of fantastical references lend it a "size" and weight which belie it's YA tag. They lift it out of one genre into the general canon of literature for all.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not my cup of tea. too much gang related violence for the sake of it as though the author had something to prove! Not for me...lacked a genuine voice
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