The Blessed Girl
When you are accustomed to the finer things in life – designer shoes, champagne, VIP lounges, exotic holidays abroad, a luxury penthouse, expensive wheels – what independent young woman in her right mind would want to let them go? Certainly not the beautiful, ambitious and super-streetsmart Bontle Tau, the girl who has used her good looks and winning charm all her life to...more
The concept of a Gold Digger and Sugar Daddy is not new but in South Africa the idea has morphed into something much more dangerous as high school girls have caught on to this trend.
The phenomena of the Blesser (old man with money) and the Blessee (beautiful young woman) has become so prevalent that even our government has taken notice stating that “young girls feel the pressure to be part of something luxurious and the blesser trend is an easy trap to fall into”.
The Social Development ...more
I loved the cover. Shiny and glittery things make me happy. The story is told in the first person by Bontle Tau, the Blessed Queen, and she takes us through 7 years of her present life and throws in bits and pieces of her past putting some things/events into perspective.
As contemporary as it is, its play on social commentary was etched deeply in the second part of the story. As in from page ...more
3.5 stars. I really had no idea what to expect when I started this book, but was pleasantly suprised by the many layers in the story. Starting off, I thought it may be a bit on the light side for me, with the heavy focus on image and looks, but as the story progressed more and more details was revealed about Bontle's past, whic ...more
The story mixes satirical social ...more
The book was very light and I wonder what a real master piece it would have be ...more
~People don't understand that when your physical attributes are the most exceptional things about you, the sun orbits around your world, instead of the other way around.~
~Malcolm Gladwell said that if you spend 10 000 hours honing a skill, if you practise incessantly at it, you are more likely to be champion in that field. I've been charming the pants off people since the day I was born.~
~On thing that you can't afford if you're in this game is to drink too much. Aside from losing your looks, me ...more
This story needs to be told far and wide; ESPECIALLY in South Africa. Little girls need to know that it's not all sunshine & roses when one chooses this "easy" way out. The Instagram façade comes at a heavy and costly pric ...more
This is the story of a young woman, Bontle Tau who is now 28 (but who actually casts herself as being in her early 20s). She hails from a neglected and abusive background in a township. Her mother runs a shebeen and has a taste for alcohol, and she has entertained a variety of men during Bontle’s formative years; she also wasn’t particular about safeguarding her daughter in this rather unwholesome environment.
Bontle leaves this challenging environment, abandoning her ...more
I also loved the other themes in the book of such as mental health, family, friendships and poverty. I found Bontle to be a denialist. She refused to take responsibility nor accountability for her actions.
The subject matter seems frivolous and fun but, my goodness, it’s so much darker than that. Bontle is sharp and cutting, and she is also so tragic. I initially thought I’d struggle to like her but I couldn’t help wanting to love her and protect her from herself, her choices and the men in her life that exploit her constantly.
Every South African should read this. After ...more
It was a ...more
Really enjoyed the book as it touches on realities of our current socio economic and broken family state of our South African youth both Men and Women(blessers and drugs issues are huge challenges in our context.
Excellent writing, I gave it a 4 because I wished Angela and her team of editors should've made more effort to fix and amend text errors and close gaps better within the story. Other than that for me to read a South African fiction novel so ...more
The story follows Bontle Tau, an absolutely gorgeous, twenty-something blessee (described in the book as, “A person (usually female) who lives a luxurious lifestyle funded by an older, sometimes married partner in return for sexual favours”). Bontle has many blessers (described as, “A person (usually male and married) who sponsors a younger woman ...more
A few vernacular phrases or references were incorrect, which got me thinking about Angela’s background & how & where she really grew up. Couldn’t forgive reference to Lesilio, instead of Lesilo.
I guess Angela’s niche is around the lives of young adults, 18-30. This book very similar to 30th candle. I remem ...more
Read this book in 2 days, the start was a bit slow and boring for me.After that i could not put it down.Fun read,the ending was so unexpected but Bontle had a life and half.Too much drama,rapidly repeating mistakes (habits).Some good fiction to enjoy
The story starts with the main protagonist Bontle Tau describing her life as an amazing businesswoman with blessers at her feet. Earning good by her hair extension business ...more
Bontle Tau is a twenty-something (her age changes throughout the book so I don't even know if she knows her real age) who is living "the life".
She has a business, lives in a penthouse, drives an expensive car and uses designer clothing. As she mentions throughout the book, she may not have a degree but she has street smarts.
She also has several blessers.
I loved how over the top Bontle's life was. I flew throu ...more
There’s just something about this book that gets you hooked.
Basically you get so angry because everything seems so obvious in the book but you continue in anyway because you are already hooked.
The book is about a young woman who is just out there in the big City trying to make it by living off sugar daddies. I am mean she literally has to juggle life with three sugar daddies. I think in the beginning one fails to understand the type of person she is but as the book co ...more
This book has many more layers than just a simple blesser blessee relationship. Substance abuse, poverty, mental illness and family dynamics are some of the themes in the story.
I had mixed feelings about Bontle's chosen career and how her life panned out. An emot ...more
The ending was rushed. I feel like I had to fill in some blanks for myself. It would have been nice to know where everyone that was in her life wounded up. All in all, GREAT book.