Candy by Kevin Brooks
I have to admit that this is one of those books that I loved the first part, but was disappointed with the second half. It’s the story of fifteen-year-old Joe’s infatuation with a pretty girl who turns out to be an addict and worse. He gets an immediate crush on her when she recognizes him in an unfamiliar London neighborhood, saying she has “the kind of smile that rips a hole in your heart.” Unfortunately for them, her pimp catches on to their new romance, and does what gangsters do to keep her away from him. The peek into the bleak, drug-filled world Candy lives in kept my interest going until the end.