This post is part of the 30 Day Book Challenge.
For my most read book, we have to travel right back to when I was about 15.
My Dad was a member of The Book People, and they would regularly send him out catalogues. On one of his shopping trips there, he picked me up a set of three books by British writer Kevin Brooks. Among these was Candy.
Now, I am full sure if my parents knew they had inadvertently bought me a book in which one of the main characters was a heroin-addicted prostitute, they’d spend the rest of their days in confession. Somehow, I’ve completely forgotten to fill them in on that minor detail.
But the story is as it in and there is Candy, the eponymous teenage prostitute in the book. The other main appearance comes from Joe, a young boy who meets Candy one day and is instantly infatuated by her. But naturally (at least in YA fiction anyway) the path to true love doesn’t run smoothly. Standing in the way of Joe and Candy’s blossoming romance is Candy’s pimp, Iggy (no, not her.)
I’ve loaned this book out to friends and cousins countless times. Each time it’s come back with rave reviews, and each time I’ve found myself reading again. Much like Candy, I’m hooked. And I will always come back for another hit.