Intertwined with the real life events which occurred under Apartheid in 1976 South Africa, readers follow four young adult narrators as their lives gradually converge with each other and the monumental events of the Soweto Student Uprising. Each character crafted by Raina gives unique and historically-informed insights into the conditions before, during, and after this crucial and relevant moment in very-recent history.
Skillfully crafted and perfectly paced, she keeps readers engrossed through suspense, drama, comedy, and just the right amount of romance. A page-turner from start to finish, I picked this book up and did not put it down until the back cover. Employing an accessible and informative glossary of local terms and phrases used by characters, as well as links to more resources for those who want to learn about the resistance against Apartheid, this book can be both a valuable resource and a starting point for further learning.
For YA-enthusiasts, students, teachers, activists, and life-long learners, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. This story gives representation and voice to a time, place, narratives, and people who deserve more recognition and from whom so much can be learned. #WeNeedDiverseBooks like this!