Kevin Brooks
Kevin Brooks, one of today's most critically acclaimed YA voices, delivers another thrilling story about a boy, a girl, and a love worth fighting for.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. As the dark truth about Candy's life emerges, Joe finds himself facing real danger at every twist and turn. Soon Joe's conflicting emotions begin to mirror Candy's, and he understands that falling in love just might be worth the struggle. This intoxicating tale of heartache, danger, and hope will enthrall teen readers.

Book Details


  • Fiction
  • Romance

Age Level: 

  • Mature Young Adult
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Kevin Brooks' main character in "Candy" is only a little above your average Joe. He goes to high school in England, he's in a band, he's kind of cute, but terribly shy. The reader is introduced to Joe and his insecurity on page one while riding the train into London: "You're wearing a brand-new hat, which you're not quite sure about, so you're already feeling a bit self-conscious..." Joe's inner voice allows the reader to relate, and beckons to follow him as he's about to lose his way in London.

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Before he met Candy, Joe Beck was a guitarist and not much else. Before she met Joe, Candy was a beautiful teenage prostitute who lived for drugs. But when, by chance, the two happen to meet on a London streetcorner, a painful struggle begins for Joe as he tries to free Candy from her heroin addiction. Candy will give almost anyone a new perspective on the world of drugs.

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