Sometimes book bloggers come across books by accident. This weekend I flew up to Jo’burg for the Kingsmead Book Fair. On the flight home, my companion, who happened to be the youth books publicist for NB, had a nap, leaving an upcoming YA title poking out the magazine sleeve in front of her. It was too tempting to resist.
And that dear readers, is how I got to read Snitch 2 by Edyth Bulbring.
Snitch 2 follows on where Snitch left off. Ben Smith is happily dreaming about his girlfriend when he’s woken by his mother to say she has to rush off to deal with an emergency. Ben is then abandoned by his sister Helen, who decides to go off on her own mission, leaving Ben to fend for himself with hilarious results.
We also learn more about Ben’s relationship with his girlfriend Elizabeth and the challenges they face – including a mysterious new guy joining the school and an unfortunate incident involving an illegal pit bull ring. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away as this book is so fresh it still has that new paper smell, but like all of Edyth’s books, Snitch 2 is packed with riotously funny family antics, new characters and just loads and loads of fun.
I’m a huge fan of Edyth’s easy comedic style and this book is no different. It’s laugh out loud funny. I loved the local in-jokes and the diverse cast of characters, with Helen, Ben’s non-conformist green-haired gay sister, being my absolute favourite of them all.
I must confess that I haven’t read the first Snitch, but that didn’t affect my enjoyment of this book in the least. I’m sure this novel is quickly going to become a South African school favourite.
Snitch 2 releases at the end of May. Pre-order it at Raru.
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