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Niven Govinden
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17 Jan 2008
This is Surrey, where nothing bad ever happens. Except somehow, 15-year-old Veerapen, half-Tamil, half-Jew and the fastest runner in the school, has just helped bury Moon Suzuki, the girl he loved. His dad has run off with an optician and his mum’s going off the rails. Since when did growing up in the suburbs get this complicated? As the knots of Moon and Veerapen's tragic romance unravel, Niven Govinden brings to life a misfit hero of the school yard, bristling with tenderness, venom and vigour.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (17 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847670970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847670977
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,377,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... if you like your poison prickly and pop-cultural, Graffiti My Soul will likely schizzle your nizzle. -- New Statesman

A deliciously subversive, happy-slap of a book. -- Attitude Magazine

A modern-day Hanif Kureishi. -- The Times

Govinden's grasp of the narrative is outstanding... You become totally immersed in Veerapen's world... -- Independent on Sunday

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'Outstanding. You become totally immersed.' --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly brilliant 8 Feb 2007
Format:Paperback
I bought this after reading a few great reviews and was not dissapointed. It's beautifully written, witty and totally addictive reading. Niven Govinden's portrayal of todays youth is scarily accurate and the flashback structure of the book really draws you in. I thoroughly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing 17 Aug 2008
By Kate
Format:Paperback
I was a bit confused when I first saw this book cos its front cover makes it seem like it's for children but it definitely wasn't and I'm very glad I picked it up. I would strongly recommend it, except maybe for people who are easily offended. It is quite short and I couldn't put it down. The ending felt a bit rushed considering all the build up but I wanted the story to carry on which is the sign of a good read. The characters are all realistic and engaging, when I was reading it I recognised bits of them in people I know. The central figure is teenage boy Veerapen and from the start we know that the girl he loves has died. By the end we understand why as you learn more with each page. The action alternates between the present when the girl is dead and the past when she wasn't. The is a good method as it is interesting and makes the death more poignant. The novel left me feeling quite unsettled, as it reflects the often nasty realities of society today. It was especially interesting for me as it is set in the county I live in, but wherever you live I would recommend this book.
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