A riot of fun for teens

2011-12-21 00:00

IT’S pre-2010 World Cup, and as soccer fever begins to take hold of the country, April-May February is back again, larger than life and more feisty than ever. But cute as a button too.

We first met April-May in Melly, Mrs Ho and Me , and I wrote at the time that although I loved the book, I felt it just starts to grip you when it begins to end, which was a great pity.

This instalment sees April-May, a rebel with many causes, on the warpath, and those in her sights had better watch out.

There’s the other new bursary kid at school, Fatty, and her heavily pregnant mother with her new husband Sarel, who have scored scant points in her good books.

Mrs Ho and her son have moved into Chez Matchbox (AKA April-May’s home), as romance blossoms between her dad and her teacher.

If this is not mortifying enough, her father’s job at a funeral home sees her being dropped at her snobby school in a hearse each day. Her best friend Melly has deserted her to go and have serious surgery, and April-May is left to stand all alone, squaring off to the bitchy school bullies.

As prickly as she is, April-May is a perspicacious and sensitive girl at heart, and her group-therapy sessions with Fatty and the school counsellor Dr Gainsborough see her administering some clever Freudian therapy of her own.

A riot of fun, there are so many aspects to this story that they cannot all be reflected here. Suffice to say, it makes for a rich read, which comes together perfectly at the end.

A big fan of Bulbring, I loved this book. Although aimed at teen readers, I recognise so much of myself at that age in April-May, that it’s pure nostalgia to stand in her school shoes alongside her and cheer her through each page.

On the Melly, You and Me Facebook page, Edyth Bulbring responded to my comment that I enjoyed the book. “Thanks Steph, I’m glad you liked it. I recall you reviewed Melly, Mrs Ho and Me , and remarked that just as you were enjoying it, it ended. And I thought at the time: oh, she wants more. And it got me thinking about writing the next one. And so I did. I can write a third one if you want?”

Go on then Edyth. We think you should.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.