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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  9,588 ratings  ·  430 reviews
When Joe Beck, a fifteen-year-old suburban kid, gets lost in a disreputable neighborhood on his way to an appointment in London, he is struck dumb by his first sight of beautiful and seemingly innocent Candy. She talks with him, teases him, but reveals nothing about herself except her phone number. Later they have a perfect day at the London Zoo, and soon Joe is as addicte ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Push (first published January 1st 2005)
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Fxck Patriarchy Not a lot but there is a lot swearing and rude words etc but it's a very good book. Hope you get to read it

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Aug 10, 2010 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 bas/>It’s
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fiction, favorites
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Sep 10, 2012 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
Jun 05, 2011 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
Jan 21, 2008 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.
Sep 18, 2014 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
Dec 22, 2010 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
May 13, 2010 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
Jesse Richman
Sep 08, 2009 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.
Jul 31, 2013 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.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I decided to read “Candy” by Kevin Brooks because it said it was about a boy who is obsessed with a girl and i found that really interesting. The book is about a boy named Joe who meets a girl named Candy and is instantly fascinated by her (he likes her). I guess you could call it love at first sight. But there is a catch, Candy isn’t your typical or average girl. Most boys if they liked her would Immediately want nothing to do with her when they find out what she is/does and what her life is li ...more
sarah wagner
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joe beck was a normal teenage guy trying to make it through high school, practice with his band, and juggle family issues. He never would've guess how his life would turn around from a simple trip to the train station. Joe gets off the train and runs into a beautiful girl named Candy. He's baffled, and they end up making it to a mcdonalds when after grabbing some food, a big group of pimps walk in a start harassing Candy. Joe realizes what she does and doesn't know how to handle it.. his feeling ...more
Laura Vanagaitė
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kevin Brooks will always amaze me I think. that's honestly everything I need to say
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Dawn Wells
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Candy can be addictive
Dec 20, 2012 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 ha
Mark Hennion
Jun 22, 2014 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 v
Sian Clark
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Kevin Brooks is in my opinion the most amazing and underrated young adult writer. Although I did not enjoy this book as much as Lucas the first book of his I read, it was still a gripping story that I couldn’t put down. This book much like Lucas, leaves me with deep and durable thoughts. Generally a Cool, easy to read and interesting story but with an ending that keeps you guessing and wanting more.
May 29, 2007 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 au
Oct 31, 2011 rated it did not like 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
Apr 06, 2010 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
Sundeep Supertramp
Mar 31, 2012 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
Aug 02, 2010 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 c
Mar 06, 2014 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
Maddy Merritt
Mar 22, 2013 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
Feb 16, 2011 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.
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Rebecca McNutt
Candy isn't all that great in my opinion, but I do think it's one of Brooks' more interesting and gripping novels with characters who are easier for teens to relate to than the ones in his other books.
Dec 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book was so tense. It was great but it was very emotional. It kind of takes a lot out of you.
Lizzie Jiles Smith
Dec 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
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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
“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
“The sadness, the silence, the darkness, the loneliness... all of it held in a simple little moment. It was just so...
I don't know.
Just so much.”
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