This youth novel is driven by character and situation. It is the real rural Africa of the 1990s, set in a village near Rustenberg, full of accurate observation and genuine people. The girl storyteller grows up, learns about life and more about her beloved brother than she ever wanted. Fine, compelling writing which pulls the reader inside, wanting to know more. The tension builds and breaks and then shatters. Love – sex? – decisions. Strong biting writing, mostly on aspects of liking and loving.