I hadn’t even heard of this book until my friend Moonblue left it with me a few months ago to read. So don’t worry if you haven’t either.
The scene is set rather convincingly as Kendall Mullins is introduced to us as a misfit in a typical South African school. He makes friend with another misfit, Craig, and together they face the world. Except Craig has something more sinister planned for their tormentors.
Things go very wrong, and Kendall ends up on the run from the police, and his family. He is accompanied by his older brother, Justin, and the two of them move from place to place.
It is lovely to find a book with such a rich South African texture, without being overly stereotypical of SA culture. It could be set anywhere, but it is clear where it is set. As a work of Youth fiction, the book manages to avoid coming across as childish or patronising. The emotions and decisions are very real, and the language is simple, but effective.
Well worth the read I think.