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Thursday, November 4, 2021

Surrey comes to life with its good and bad, portrayed justly.

The novel is about a Grade 12, Surrey teen, excelling at basketball and liked by teachers & students alike, who ends up taking a wrong turn and getting involved in drugs. He is running away from the low-income life that his parents have mainly known and a dreadful prospect of working 9-5 job for the rest of his life.

Selling drugs soon takes a heavy toll on his relationships, previous academic achievements, and he is suspended from playing basketball on the team where he used to be a captain.

Very well written, with a fine balance between slang and formal language, self-reflection and world observations. Cautionary tale, but not preachy. Genuine. Surrey comes to life with its good and bad, portrayed justly. (Submitted by Mariya)

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