Book review: Snitch by Edith Bulbring

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Snitch by Edyth Bulbring (first published in 2016 by Tafelberg)

The first thing you notice about this edition of Snitch by Edyth Bulbring, is the cover, which reminds me of some of the vintage Adrian Mole diaries (with some of the absurd humour). 

But all resemblance ends there because while our protagonist is awkward, he's no Adrian (and for that I'm grateful). And while this is a YA book typically of Edyth's writing, it goes much, much deeper. 

Ben Smith is what we can consider your everyday troubled teen. He lives with his mom, Sarah, his sister, Helen, (who has blue dreads) and their aptly named dog Terror. His dad passed away when he was little, but his "uncle" Charlie visits often.

Without spoiling the story for you, I'll say this much, that we follow the heartaches and trials of Ben's school career when he is the subject of terrible bullying for reasons [redacted due to spoilers]. The bonds of friendship and family are severely tested as Ben endures his ordeals... and experiences that very first teenage love.

If I have to look at an underlying theme that runs through this book, it's about overcoming the labels that others apply to you. Bulbring's writing is at times humorous and poignant. She remains, as always, a keen observer of interpersonal relationships and how we often damage each other without meaning to. 

Snitch is accessible and highly enjoyable, and I'll add, not just for younger readers. And she's very much in touch with the issues that affect those who are coming of age.

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