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Book Review |Spud by John van de Ruit

Pages: 389 {Paperback}1469283387415.jpg
Published: 2005

Rating: 7 out of 10


I enjoyed reading this book. Written by a local author (South African), it was nice reading and actually understanding the timeline of events as it was set in a place and a time I am familiar with. For a change, it was an awesome feeling to have.

I am in love with the fact that it was written in a diary theme; being a lover of keeping diaries myself, it was a delightful read.

Reading about poor Spud’s adventure into pre-puberty (I say this because he seems far away from even being close to puberty) was a laugh through most of the pages. From his crazy friends at school to his dysfunctional family, I found myself in tears from the humor displayed on the pages.

While reading the book, I could actually find myself thinking about my life at that age; remembering the embarrassment, the weird body changes and sensations that no one really wanted to talk about (and you were too terrified to ask any questions). A part of one’s life that you have never thought about reliving – ever.

Then another unsettling thought came in – was this how boys thought? Acted? Experimented? I hope there is some censorship to that – I have two boys to worry about.

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