This book caused some controversy in it’s home country on publication and featured in Banned Book week this year.
It follows the unsuspecting ‘grooming’ of Aleksandra, by an older and confident young man.
The novel deals with the a pretty dark and seedy side of life, but one that is all too real. We don’t often hear a lot about it here in NZ, but not in Europe where the novel is set.
Aleks is naiive, awkward and totally unworldly – a prime target for Megan, her ‘new friend’ who finds girls for the ‘boyfriends’ to exploit and control. Victim blaming plays a large role too.
Definitely for a mature teen reader – and maybe parents out there too.