An important rumination on youth in modern-day South Africa, this haunting debut novel tells the story of two extraordinary young women who have grown up black in white suburbs and must now struggle to find their identities.
The rich and pampered Ofilwe has taken her privileged lifestyle for granted, and must confront her swiftly dwindling sense of culture when her soulless world falls apart. Meanwhile, the hip and sassy Fiks is an ambitious go-getter desperate to leave her vicious past behind for the glossy sophistication of city life, but finds Johannesburg to be more complicated and unforgiving than she expected.
These two stories artfully come together to illustrate the weight of history upon a new generation in South Africa.
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Wed, 26 Nov 2008 | Review by: blackbrain
This is a great book. It is just one of those books you identify with instantly and you just can't put down after. As a person that has been labeled a coconut; this book made me feel better because now I know I'm not alone in the world. The fact that it was written by a young person makes it all the more better.
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Wed, 26 Nov 2008 | Review by: Nonqawuse
The book is agood choice for all the teenagers that are at a stage where they are still trying to find themselves and their identities. However I think even those in primary school from grade 6 could easily read the book.
For me personally it didn't live up to the hype that was created all around it. The book is trying to capture the difficulties that teenagers experience post-apartheid with all these talks of intergration, but for me personally it doesn't quite get there. This is my opinion, others are free to differ.
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