A book I think that needs more recognition is definitely ‘Candy’ by Luke Davis. I adore this book and the film adaptation starring Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish.
The novel follows an unnamed narrator and his relationship with Candy. Candy is both a girl and heroin. It falls into three sections: Invincibility, The Kingdom of Momentum, and The Momentum of Change.
‘Candy’ is a powerful story partly based on the life of the author, Luke Davis. Luke has said that he was addicted to heroin in the 80’s, yet the story is ‘more fiction than memoir’. The story doesn’t sugar-coat addiction or even a failed relationship. It’s a tough read, but well worth it. I found it really emotional, and something to have to go in to with an open mind.
It questions whether or not a relationship consumed with drugs is love for one another or a love for getting high. After reading the book you for sure leave with some questions. A hard-hitting story most people will enjoy, I think. I did, and the film broke my heart. I was a mess after watching it – mainly because it gives a face to the narrator in the book, which I think makes it something more real and makes you think about the damage of drugs more than you otherwise would.
I can’t recommend this book more. I hope at least one of you check it out, and then let me know what you thought. It’s one I would love to hear more opinions about. Outside of Australia, I’m not sure too many people have even heard of it – I could be wrong though!
Thanks for reading!