The Hit by Melvin Burgess

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This book was a very easy read. It flowed very easily and was written in the style of a book I may have read when I was about ten. However, the content was very mature, and so I wouldn't recommend it for younger readers.
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Synopsis

Live the ultimate high. Pay the ultimate price. The shocking return to YA by the author of SMACK.

A new drug is on the street. Everyone's buzzing about it. Take the hit. Live the most intense week of your life. Then die. It's the ultimate high at the ultimate price. Adam thinks it over. He's poor, and doesn't see that changing. Lizzie, his girlfriend, can't make up her mind about sleeping with him, so he can't get laid. His brother Jess is missing. And Manchester is in chaos, controlled by drug dealers and besieged by a group of homegrown terrorists who call themselves the Zealots. Wouldn't one amazing week be better than this endless, penniless misery? After Adam downs one of the Death pills, he's about to find out.
 

About Melvin Burgess

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Melvin Burgess has produced a body of work that is both challenging and thrilling, including the seminal teen drug and love novels "Smack" and "Doing It". His books have been adapted for film, stage, and television.
 
Published February 25, 2014 by Scholastic Inc.. 304 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Nov 27 2013

...Burgess’ surprisingly gritty hero and heroine are able to enjoy some muted hopefulness for their pains. Refreshingly rooted in the issues of the day, Burgess’ near-future thriller stands out.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Dec 23 2013

Burgess...returns with a boundary-pushing thriller that all-too-believably builds on contemporary threads including income inequality, the Occupy movement, and a YOLO mentality.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Tjala on Jun 07 2013

This book was a very easy read. It flowed very easily and was written in the style of a book I may have read when I was about ten. However, the content was very mature, and so I wouldn't recommend it for younger readers.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Anthony McGowan on Apr 17 2013

Burgess is brilliant at depicting teenagers: muddled, selfish, idealistic, lustful, helpless, joyous.

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