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México, D.F : Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2010.

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Al caminar por las calles de Londres, el joven m sico Joe Beck conoce a Candy, prostituta unos a os mayor que l y adicta a la hero na. Enamorado de ella, dejar su mundo c modo y tranquilo Para ayudarla, aunque eso implique arriesgar su vida Para que ella escape de Iggy, el hombre que la vende. Segunda novela publicada por el Fondo de Kevin Brooks, Candy es una novela Para el p blico juvenil que ha sido descrita por el diario ingl s The Guardian como una historia cuya agudeza contrasta con lo dulce de su t tulo, sin respuestas f ciles y con algo oscuro al acecho.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Joe is boring. He lives in a comfortable London suburb. He does alright in school, but shows no real promise. He plays in a band, but is less than passionate about music. Then he meets Candy. She is 16, beautiful, addicted to heroin, and a prostitute. She's also the only girl ever to look at him twice. He convinces himself that he loves her, and tries to get her off smack and the streets. Her enormous, terrifying pimp is very unhappy with Joe, and tries to murder him and everyone he loves. Brooks's plotting is masterful, and the action twists and builds to a frenzied and violent climax. Unfortunately, much of the book leading to this climax is filled with Joe's simpering, prosaic inner monologues. The author embellishes the teen's narration with stanzas of fragment or one-word sentences, which are more pretentious than dramatic or pointed. For all the fuss made over her, Candy's character is underdeveloped. If readers assume the book isn't about her, but how she changes Joe, her lack of nuance makes some sense. The shame is that he is the same humorless robot before and after risking his life for her. The minor characters-Joe's sassy sister and her tough, good-guy boyfriend-are so smartly and lightly drawn that they elicit more emotion than Joe and Candy.-Johanna Lewis, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Versatile English author Brooks (Martyn Pig; Lucas) infuses his latest tale with a romantic-even mythic-grandeur sure to enthrall his fans. While in London for a doctor's appointment, suburban 15-year-old Joe (whose authentically adolescent first-person narration will immediately engage readers) encounters Candy, a bold and intoxicatingly attractive young woman. Their brief flirtation comes to an abrupt halt by the appearance of menacing Iggy (a somewhat over-the-top villain-"He towered over the table like a steel-black giant"-with a penchant for offering to give people "smiles," i.e. cut throats), who seems to have a powerful hold over Candy. Brooks does a convincing job of portraying Joe as desperately smitten, aware that his love object is a prostitute with a serious drug habit, yet pulled into her dangerous world in spite of himself. Joe passes one idyllic day with Candy at the zoo and, like an addict, spends the rest of the book in pursuit of that same feeling of bliss. He invites her to his band's gig (he's a bass guitarist) at a London club where a terrifying appearance by Iggy results in the teens ultimately fleeing to a remote cottage owned by Joe's family. The author credibly conveys scenes of Candy's withdrawal from heroin and also the underlying terror that the couple's momentary safety could shatter in an instant. Brooks offers no easy answers. This story's gritty street smarts will keep thrill-seekers more than entertained, while Joe's orphic rescue mission into the netherworld of addiction gives more thoughtful readers plenty to ponder. Ages 12-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

Joe, a fifteen-year-old aspiring musician from the suburbs, meets a beautiful young prostitute and heroin addict while on a day trip into London and becomes obsessed with her. Though Joe's internal voice drones on and on, without shape or resolution, Brooks effectively captures both the intense high of first love and the sordidness of Candy's drug-dominated ""underworld. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

A gripping, fast-moving love story set in a dangerous underworld. Joe meets Candy on the streets of London and is instantly, painfully smitten. He buys her a doughnut at McDonald's and becomes embroiled in a confrontation with a mammoth, terrifying man--Iggy, Candy's all-controlling pimp. Candy's hooked on heroin, but Joe and Candy begin a delicate and electric relationship anyway. Joe's confused entrancement by Candy shimmers under Brooks's deft hand. He's addicted to her almost like she is to heroin. When Iggy catches up with them, they may be murdered--or the victim could be Joe's sister, who's been taken hostage by Iggy. Candy goes cold-turkey off drugs in Joe's country cottage; the violent dÉnouement offers real suspense. Only a disturbing association between scariness and black skin mars Brooks's narrative, not simply because Iggy is black but because it's mentioned over and over again. Otherwise, this is a psychological page-turner adeptly capturing love's hypnotic feel. (Fiction. YA) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Gr. 9-12. Brooks' fourth novel, another provocative, suspenseful work that thrusts an average teen into an intense situation, invites inevitable comparisons with the film Traffic. When Candy, a girl with the kind of smile that rips a hole in your heart, speaks to suburban teenager Joe outside a London train station, he falls hard but senses something amiss: her pupils are like pinpricks. She cowers when a rough-looking black guy cuts their conversation short. Candy, it turns out, has a candyman, a pimp who provides the pretty addict with heroin. Joe gets involved (he can't help it; he's hooked ), nursing Candy through cold-turkey detox and sinking into a seedy quagmire of danger and desperate violence. Joe's alternately love-drunk and rueful voice will keep readers engrossed; less easy to accept are Brooks' formulaic plotting, occasionally deliberate symbolism (Joe's future brother-in-law, a smart, compassionate black man, seems present solely to counterbalance Candy's terrifying pimp), and limp ending. But the questions that flicker across Joe's consciousness will speak powerfully to the YA audience, and the story plays skillfully to teens' curiosity about the mechanics of addiction and its manic, lurid subculture. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2005 Booklist