BACK TO VILLA PARK

By Drum Digital
05 December 2013

Book review: BACK TO VILLA PARK By Jenny Robson

Life is not fair. Many things can happen to you but it is your attitude towards life and the choices you make as you along that shapes a person, as 18-year-old Dirk finds out.

He applies for an internship in a youth programme at Kagiso Holdings in Johannesburg. He finds himself unable to answer the questions in the test given at the interview and he decides to copy from a girl in front of him and gets kicked out.

His day gets worse and as the story unfolds, readers get to understand why he had to go and live with his sister when he was 12, why he decided to hitchhike back to Johannesburg at the age of 17 and why he now lives in the back room of the house where he grew up in Villa Park.

There are many challenges facing the youth of South Africa and this story brings to life their hopes and dreams as well as their fears and problems. It is a quick and easy read for young readers over the holidays.

-VIDA LI SIK

BACK TO VILLA PARK

By Jenny Robson

Tafelberg

R130

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