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This Book Betrays My Brother

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  14 reviews
What does a teenage girl do when she sees her beloved older brother commit a horrific crime? Should she report to her parents, or should she keep quiet? Should she confront him? All her life, Naledi has been in awe of Basi, her charming and outgoing older brother. They've shared their childhood, with its jokes and secrets, the alliances and stories about the community. Hav ...more
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Published May 15th 2018 by Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd. (first published July 2012)
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Shannon Ozirny
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: youngadult
I didn't read anything about this book before diving in (not even the blurb on the back) but even if you do, the ending will still hit you like a wrecking ball. So much "realistic" YA only captures North American teen experiences and this was an eye-opening, gripping, beautifully written look at growing up in South Africa in the early 90s.
Sinamile
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TW: ableist slurs, underage smoking, mentions of a dead body, 17/18 year olds dating 13/14 year olds (just to be safe), mention of the word tr*nsie, sexual assault, rape culture

Note: the review has spoilers for the story and mentioned sexual assault

The writing, the description, Naledi and all the other characters within the book are so well put together! They're all such complex characters, not one of them is one dimensional, there's always more to the character.

Nadeli is the narrator of the st
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Esther
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book surely speaks to the experience of most women. Whether a woman has been a victim of sexual assault, a witness to it or its consequences, or has simply felt pressure to play an expected social role, the story will resonate with a female reader. The voice is honest, and the author resists an ending that passes judgment or simplifies the experiences of the characters.

I checked this out of the library. but I want to buy a copy for my daughter - and my son.
Rachel (Life of a Female Bibliophile)
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This Book Betrays My Brother follows the narrative of a teenage girl name Naledi. The story is told from Naledi’s perspective and focuses on her older bother Basi. They live a relatively good life in a nice house, but Naledi reminiscences about the older days when things were different. Basi hangs out with Kgosi, a boy who their mother thinks is not from a good crowd. On top of that, her brother’s brash actions cause trouble
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Slowly but surely more YA books from outside the US are being published here and I am ready for it. Kagiso Lesego Molope’s “This Book Betrays My Brother,” originally published in South Africa, is evidence that we need books that give us a window into life in another country. Molope’s novel gives us a glimpse of the lives of privilege Black South Africans, specifically what life was like in the first years after apartheid ended. The novel focuses on Naledi’s emergence int
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Bongani
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well narrated story that raises a very important and relevant discussion in our times.
Basimane (17) a boy loved and trusted by his family and community. Captaining a rugby team of his high school, he misses the biggest game of his life where national selectors are in attendance for the sole reason 'the other school rugby team will not play against a black man'. Instead of his team and coach fighting for him, they remove him and tell him 'hard luck'.
Basi as he is known is friends with Kgosi, ig
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Jayne Bauling
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A YA novel from the point of view of a young girl pulled in different directions by family loyalty, morality, culture, and her own intuition. Naledi is growing up in a country trying to find its new shape, following the advent of a hard-won democacy – this is South Africa in the mid 1990s, when the nation’s recent oppressors still have far too much clout (a boy is stood down from a rugby match against a white school).
Forbidden subjects and family expectation weigh heavily, but Naledi has a stron
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Jude
Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a powerful book, written in Lesego Molope's usual, flowing, easy reading prose. The author takes on prejudice against lesbians, violence towards women, and, more important and more sinister, entrenched attitudes towards relationships between men and women, and adolescent boys and girls. It also questions the nature of unquestioning loyalty and love and the ways in which parents bring up their sons. It is a brave work - at least in a local context - that should stimulate discussion in cla ...more
Kyla Belvedere
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I knew what was coming the entire way along. I was supposed to though, right? Like, the waiting for what was going to happen, that discomfort was intentional, and that is why that book ends very shortly after without it being happily resolved, right? That plus the writing/translation style made this book a difficult slog for me, and it was a very short book.
Marie
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: multicultural
"The thing about family history is that is all depends on the person you speak to."

"What you do is turn the light on them and adjust it just so, accentuating their features. You choose the best colors and then you watch them glow. "

"You are not taught to read women's minds. You're taught that they want whatever they want."

Brittany
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
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Helga Schaberg
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoughtful, poignant story of a sister who adores her brother, but witnesses him do something that betrays her trust, with long-echoing consequences.
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