does Burgess make the novel 'Junk' realistic for his intended
novel 'Junk' by Melvin Burgess is a story of two young teenagers,
Tar and Gemma. Tar often gets beaten up by his Dad and Gemma
parents don't want her to have a relationship with Tar. The only
way for them to be together is to run from home and start a new
character 'Tar is very easily led by others in the novel such as
Gemma. In such case as when Gemma is having fun at the gig, "Tar
was still standing by the bar." Tar also comes across being very
shy as after a party at which they meet 'Lily' they were walking
down the road, "Lily was wearing nothing except a black string
vest", "I began to feel I was being paranoid."
character 'Gemma' is very selfish and has to have it her own way,
otherwise she "screams and ran out of the room". She thinks of
her parents being cruel to her by not letting her see Tar anymore
she thinks "someone ought to give parents lessons." She speaks
her mind even though it may not be the right thing to say.
Characters such as 'Lily' have a big impact on her, when they
first met at the party they formed an instant bond together. This
led Tar and Gemma to move in with Lily and Rob (Lily's
boyfriend); however they soon found out that they were junkies.
It was only a matter of time before Tar and Gemma too were
addicted to smack.
Tar and Gemma were staying with Lily and Rob they had to survive
by which Lily and Gemma became prostitutes and Tar and Rob
started stealing food and other items from shops across town. A
major turning point for all of them was when they found out that
Lily was pregnant. They all decide to come clean and get away
from Bristol into the country to help them on their mission.
Unsuccessfully, it failed. At the end, Gemma's pregnant and Tar
goes to rehab, and fortunately they manage to get off the smack
and they go back to their normal lives. Remembering the fact that
Gemma was just 14, a teenager and when eventually the novel ends
Gemma is an adult at 19.
intended audience for this book is for teenagers and showing the
effects of drugs. The language is quite informal as this makes it
easier for the audience to read and understand the novel. It
makes it more realistic as to what a teenager would talk like.
The book is written by many different characters, each one writes
a chapter in 1st person, which gives the reader a
description of them and gives their point of view
the whole story takes place in Bristol. There are a lot of squats
in this village so there are also a lot of people who live on the
streets. It's not a friendly neighbourhood and most of the time
it is cold and dark. This gives us the impression that Bristol is
a very dangerous and a bad enivronmental place for people to
live. Burgess has made the novel 'Junk' very realistic
for his audience as for one, he has made the characters realistic
by basing them around a stereotypical teenager/s. He has made the
setting realistic because Bristol does have a problems with
squatters and junkies, he wrote it from different people in 1st
person to make it easier for us so we can understand what it
going on. He made it in such a way that you could believe it was
a true story.
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