Candy by Luke Davies


"Candy is beside me, drenched in sweat. She's breathing gently, long slow breaths. I imagine her soul going in and out: wanting to leave, wanting to come back, wanting to leave, wanting to come back. The day will soon harden into what we need to do. But for now we have each other. . . ."He met Candy amid a lush Sydney summer. Gorgeous, sexy, free-spirited Candy. They fell in love fast, lots of laughter and lust, the days melting warmly into each ...

Details Candy

Release DateJun 16th, 1998
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Reviews Candy

  • Buggy
    Opening Line: "There were good times and bad times, but in the beginning there were more good times."Wow this was fantastic, in a watching a beautiful car crash sort of way. Following the day to day struggles, triumphs and ultimate decay of a heroin addict and his girlfriend. It was almost impossible to look away and put this book down even though it’s graphic, horrible, depressing and often pointless. Told in the first person with vividly poet...
  • Ana O
    Re-reading this book because I am apparently a masochist. Might as well rewatch the movie.
  • Igrowastreesgrow
    A well written book that reminded me that tragedy happens slowly. It is full of drugs, sex, and mishap. It shows that sometimes the glue that holds relationships together can be the worst for us.-------------------------------------I picked this list because I had a book already on it, which is this book, and I saw a lot of others on it that I wish to read in the future. The downside, and possibly an upside, is that the list keeps getting longer ...
  • Quinn
    4.5 starsI remember when the film Candy was released in 2006, receiving critical acclaim and rave reviews for the performances of the late, great Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish in the leading roles. Despite my interest, for some reason I never got around to seeing it. And it wasn’t until recently reading my friend Buggy’s review here on GoodReads that I discovered the film was an adaptation of a novel.My interest once again piqued, I promptly...
  • Tess Taylor
    3- Candy is the bleak love story of two heroin addicts as they ebb and flow through life together across Australia. It is an intriguing slow burn, and although I stayed interested in the story the whole time, I didn't feel like it was pieced together well enough to deserve more than 3 stars. I felt that the ending, in particular, was shoddy. This was the first book I read about addiction and I definitely believe it satiated my interest for now.
  • Jonathan Ashleigh
    I don't know how you could write a book about heroine unless you lived it. I waited till I was finished to find out and always try to do that when a question concerning the authors life comes up while reading. This book takes on a long time period and I felt as though I was trying to drop heroine the whole time. My favorite quote was something that he said about football. I can't find it now because I left the book in a hut in Alaska, but it summ...
  • Christina
    Read it within 12 hours, I just could not put it down. Absolutely tragic read, but incredibly beautiful. You can't help but sympathize with the characters, wanting them to succeed, to move past their addiction and live the dreams they keep insisting will come tomorrow, the next week, within the next few months, if only they can kick the habit. You want to believe in them, you really do...
  • Nicola
    I have plenty of friends who I could never convince that reading a miserable book is enjoyable. However, I think that miserable books offer the chance to feel strong empathy, served up alongside pity and schadenfreude. It’s the book equivalent of sitting inside on a rainy day and watching through your window as people outside get soaked to the skin.Candy, a gruelling ride through heroin addiction, has nary a light-hearted moment to be found. Ev...
  • Christopher
    My life only a few years ago, thank god I've been clean for almost 5 years now.
  • Susan
    Candyby Luke DaviesI've came to the conclusion if you are new in recovery from any sort of substance abuse this is definitely NOT the book to read for inspiration. In fact, in the beginning of the book, the first few chapters are what we addicts call the “Glory Days!” When drugs were fun, made everything okay, made life feel wonderful, new, exciting, peaceful. When everything from our past that hurt us could be covered up and ignored, as if i...
  • Brandon Tietz
    When I pick up any book for the first time, I always open it to a random point in the middle and begin reading. I've done this for years, and it's always served as an accurate gauge to the level of writing the author is demonstrating. For the most part, every book is designed to begin with what's called a "hook," which is why most authors will always tell you in their workshops and seminars, "Always begin with action." The idea, if it's not obvio...
  • Madison Main
    I really did love this book. Overall I thought this was the best book ive read. However I did see the movie before I read this book and I thought that the movie was better than the book. I did not like how they ended the book, I would have liked if they put the movie ending into the book instead.
  • Victoria
    A beautifully written train wreck. I blew through this in just a couple hours, because I couldn't turn away, I HAD to stay along for this terrible terrible ride. I've known many Candy's in my life, I've lost many friends to Heroin. I NEVER understood the appeal of this death sentence lifestyle. I wanted to get inside the mind of an addict. Well, this novel certainly was the epitome of what I was searching for as far as resolution and closure. I a...
  • Greta is Erikasbuddy
    I honestly did not want this book to end!!It was brilliant, haunting, utterly cruel and true love story. It wracks your brain, wrecks your heart, and leaves you wanting more. There were times when I couldn't put it down, times when I wanted it to end because I thought something really really bad was going to happen, and times when I fell so madly in love that I just didn't know how much more I could handle.This has to be one of the most real book...
  • David
    I was wary at first of another doomed and romantic heroin memoir (Dope opera) and the style struck me as a bit flouncy and breezy at first. They are soooo in love. Her first hit of hammer is soooo fantastic. She is soooo beautiful. This is a literary area that I eye critically because it is well worn territory for me and I am suspicious of tourists. Then I see the author is using his hero's romantic heedlessness to plunge us headfirst into the ho...
  • Angela
    I was forced to read this for a module at university and I hated this book. The tutor for the module told the class after we read it that she was very good friends with the author. She took an immediate dislike to myself and a friend because we didn't go down the sychophantic route like everyone else in the class and told her we hated it. If you want to read a good drugs book(by that, I mean a total headfuck of a book) then go read 'Naked Lunch' ...
  • Velvetink
    23.01.2011;Ok it's been a while since I read this & only have vague feelings and thoughts on it, feeling it was intense and tedious at the same time. Same old story of addiction and love gone wrong. Tonight I saw the film & like it or not was swayed by Heath Ledger's beautiful lips. Yeah yeah. Ok - I'm probably shallow. In the book I felt his character the typical junkie but the film portrayed his deep love for Candy, his fear, his conscience and...
  • Melanie
    Candy is Luke Davies putting his rhythmic poetics to prose in a study of love & addiction. Where heroin is a Goddess worshipped by lovers: Candy & Dan. It's a pretty desolate read. The characters are not likeable or sympathetic which the film by Neil Armfield corrects. We know very little about their life before addiction therefore they have never appeared innocent. The self destructive & repetitious patterns of use, use, use & the occasional att...
  • Jonathan Briggs
    I liked this better when it was called "Trainspotting." But this Aussie spin on the addicted youth subgenre has its own disgusting charms. The narrator, an unnamed minor-league scam artist, and the beautiful but deranged Candy fall in love, more with smack than with each other. Love is grand, but not so grand as being high all the time. Candy supports both their habits, earning "bucketloads" as a high-class call girl coz everyone knows there's no...
  • Jenny
    this is an amazing book. it's sort of the "trainspotting" stereotypical heroin-addict book, but it's really an inside look. i feel like luke davies must have either been an addict once himself or done an inordinate amount of research to get this right. the is the finest book about love and addiction i've ever read. the two concepts are remarkably alike, and davies probes not just the love of and addiction to a drug, but the former and latter to a...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    Grim but gripping true story of a pair of Aussie heroin addicts. I heard the author interviewed and just had to read it. Sadly, it's all too believable and reminds me of In My Skin by Kate Holden, another all too real story of addiction by people you would assume would know better. Never assume.
  • Jordan
    one word to describe this book: gritty. this story is so moving & beautifully dark. Davies writes in such a poetic way, the detail of the day to day struggles of a heroin addiction. the scheming, stealing & scoring. this book was so detailed, about the needles, vein hunting & sickness, that at times I had to put the book down for a second. A story of a couple’s years in Australia with a bad addiction. They go through so much together, magical h...
  • Ken
    Candy- A Novel of Love and Addiction by Luke DaviesThis might be the best Junkie Love Story ever written or at the very least, the best that I've read- I read it all in one sitting on one day, New Year's Day- 2018.It's a straightforward 'A' thru 'Z' guide into the psychological vortex of Heroin Addiction, and the sub-plot might be that an addiction to Love can be just as destructive.
  • Luke
    Absolutely thoroughly stunning.This is definitely a top five book of all time for me! Unbelievable.
  • Lyndi
    Candy by Luke Davies ReviewSynopsis He met Candy amid a lush Sydney summer. Gorgeous, sexy, free-spirited Candy. They fell in love fast, lots of laughter and lust, the days melting warmly into each other. He never planned to give her a habit. But she wanted a taste. And wasn't love, after all, about sharing lives? Candy had a bit of money and in the beginning, everything was beautiful. Heady, heroin-hazed days, the world open and inviting. But wh...
  • Sean Rees
    Trainspotting? Skag boys? Junky? Candy? I don't care as long as I get to maintain my heroin chic aesthetic by living vicariously through the characters of my heroin chic literature!
  • Eva Leger
    3.5 - I'd say if you want a close, truthful look at what a heroin addicts world is like, read this. I have no doubt, no doubt in the world, that this man went through heroin addiction. If not I'd love to have a chat with him. But there is no 'if not' in my opinion. I don't care if his twin went through it or if he's studied the subject, in every manner possible, for his entire adult life, he'd never know the little things that he shows he knows.H...
  • Elizabeth
    Candy by Luke Davies was one of the very first books I EVER added to my to read list on goodreads. And after all the to read sweeps I made of the bookshelf, it always made it through the elimination. I've always been a lover of books about addiction, and I guess maybe just the fact that Heath Ledger was in the movie adaptation of this novel did I decide to keep it out of all the addiction novels that has made it's way to my to read shelf, but I a...
  • Nadia (NadiaReads)
    I think this book will stick with me for a while.. In my opinion it describes very accurately the life of a heroin drug-addict. It's very powerful and hopeful and hopeless at the same time.I think that the book (and the movie) isn't as widely known as other books about drugs, like requiem for a dream, crank, fear and loathing in Las Vegas etc, but I think it deserves more popularity.It's the only drug-book I know so far describing a couple "in lo...
  • Jeremy
    An engaging, darkly humourous and appropriately fragmented story that holds its own in the youth-drug-culture genre, but manages to do more. We get an account of humanity under the influence of forces that it cannot understand and deal with adequately. It makes some very flawed and bitter and beautiful observations about all of us, how we aspire and how we exist in ourselves and with others. The weakest parts are the italicised 'truth' segments o...