Candy by Kevin Brooks

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Kevin Brooks is at the top of his YA game in this "provocative, suspenseful" (Booklist) novel. Now in a dynamic new Kevin Brooks repackaging!

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.

About Kevin Brooks

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Kevin Brooks was born in Exeter and studied in Birmingham and London. He had a varied working life, with jobs in a crematorium, a zoo, a garage and a post office, before - happily - giving it all up to write books. Kevin is the author of Being, Black Rabbit Summer, Killing God, iBoy and Naked for Puffin. He now lives in North Yorkshire.
Published February 1, 2010 by Push. 385 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Joe’s confused entrancement by Candy shimmers under Brooks’s deft hand.

Mar 01 2005 | Read Full Review of Candy

The Guardian

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Candy by Kevin Brooks 359pp, Chicken House, £12.99 After Kevin Brooks's three earlier books, Martyn Pig, Lucas and Kissing the Rain, readers will expect great things of Candy: a story as sharp as the title is sweet, with something dark lurking inside and no cosy answers.

Jan 29 2005 | Read Full Review of Candy


While looking through the young adult section at your local bookstore, you will find a lot of love stories.

Jan 27 2010 | Read Full Review of Candy

Teen Reads

She won't look at Joe with Iggy there, and Iggy does not want Joe around.

Mar 01 2005 | Read Full Review of Candy

The Trades

and the final confrontation nearly had me believing that Brooks was ready to chuck the 'happy ending' closure altogether (well, he does, but not in the way I was expecting.) A gritty, gripping tale of youth, love, and the deadly perils of making the wrong choices in life, Candy will punch you i...

Jan 05 2005 | Read Full Review of Candy


The Evo One has a 3mm outsole and looks like a solid shoe – I’m not crazy about the Vivobarefoot running shoe aesthetic, but the One looks pretty decent.

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