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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Young Blood tells a tale of sex, drugs and hijacking from the point of view of a teenaged bad guy.
Paperback, 228 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by NB Publishing
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Nicky Ramarumo
Sep 12, 2010 added it
Recommends it for: All my friends who love to read
Recommended to Nicky by: Nonhlanhla Zuma
Excellent. Reflection of how peer pressure forces our youth to commit crime. They want to be seen driving big cars and wearing fancy clothes and they will do anything to get them. Scary.....
Barbara Heckendorn
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is a very interesting book about life and violence in a Durban township. A young man who breaks off school because it does not make sense to him and he is overwhelmed with the material comes through friends in the dark criminal machinations that brings a township so with it. His father earns little money in a fair way by mending cars. Sipho has learned this craft from his father, but he wants to get quickly to much money for his reputation to increase. At the beginning, everything is going ...more
Jayne Bauling
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that grabs the reader from the outset. It’s real and raw, with instantly recognisable characters and situations.
The focus is on township youth in KZN who have dropped out of school for the love of money, impatient to sample the material trappings that shout success – the clothes, the expensive alcohol, the drugs, and above all in this story, the cars. Sipho is the son of a backyard mechanic, and we follow his journey into crime during the year he turns seventeen.
The effortless wri
Puleng Hopper
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Young Blood relates of the fate that befalls many teenage boys in apartheid township reserves across South Africa. The setting is mainly in M Section Umlazi Durban and sorounding areas.

Sipho, the protagonist drops out of high school
. On page 9, he pleads with his mom " You see my reports; there is not one subject I pass. I can't do anything right in school. Everyday I go there it's like a part of me dies, Ma"

A great soccer player. At 17 Sipho is already experimenting with cigarettes, weed an
Ashley Jacobs
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fast-paced and absorbing read. Quite scary considering the proximity to where I live!
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a very South African coming of age novel. Set in Umlazi township, it recounts the story of Sipho who drops out of school and meets up with a friend who is back from Johannesburg. His skills as a car mechanic and driver provide an introduction to the world of car hijackings, drug dealing and the crime world of Durban.

I enjoyed the author's sparse language. He uses South African slang, but not to such an extent that it inhibits understanding of the text. He obviously knows life in the Durb
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an extremely enjoyable and light read. I love the characters in the story and coming from the same country and province that this story was written in, really brought the story to life. I must admit, coming from a privileged background as apposed to the characters in the story - I was not aware of, or rather I had blinkers on when it came to the criminals in our country. I assumed that they were just greedy, lazy thugs out to make a quick buck at the expense of others. But the other side of ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Sifiso Mzobe takes readers into Umlazi township, Durban and a life of crime, stealing and drugs as experienced by 17-year-old Sipho. Despite growing up in a stable environment (both mother and father are working and while not affluent the family appears to make ends meet), Sipho turns his back on school and instead joins his childhood friend's "make money quick schemes". Very quickly, he becomes enmeshed in gang life and finds himself in over his head.

Sipho is an impressionable young man. While
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I heard about this book a few years back , struggled to get it , then finally i got it, I read it in a couple of days due to excitement.I was so obsessed with uSipho i really wanted him to win even though he was living a life of crime( i will leave it there dont want to spoil for those who haven't read it).
All in all wonderful lessons, enjoyed the description of Umlazi and the surrounds (felt like I knew it , even though I have never been.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
An awful life, but a well-written book.
Susan Roberts
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This 2010 breakthrough novel from Kwela Books has become a set work in several schools in KZN, where the story takes place and the author still lives. It is easy to see why. Mzobe seduces his reader, along with his protagonist, into a world of dolphin-shaped BMWs, Hugo Boss clothing and Johnnie Walker Black.

Sipho, a seventeen year-old high school drop-out from Umlazi, grows tired of helping his father – a backyard mechanic – and enters the world of car theft and drug-dealing. In short, he becom
Mpho Bernadette
Dec 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm a bit torn writing this review. Sifiso is an excellent writer and I will give him that, but he is not that imaginative. The story is not original, there are many crime stories that have been told before (Jerusalema, Yizo Yizo, Tsotsi to name a few). This is basically the one and only flaw with the book. With that said, he is a great writer. He has a natural, down to earth kind if sense of humor that comes through in his story telling. He is also able to place emotion behind the character's s ...more
Nicole Rimensberger
Sep 19, 2013 rated it liked it
I loved the local flavour of this action-packed book - through it a parallel world was opened up, one of township gangsters and crime. It offers a refreshing and interesting voice in the landscape of South African literature.

The story line follows the typical morality tale where the main character, 17 year old Sipho, drops out of school and is seduced by an apparently easy life of crime (easy money, easy girls -in addition to the steady girlfriend), but things get more and more complicated and
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mzobe writes like Elmore Leonard, the only difference being the South African setting. This book is all about the normalness of crime, how it's passed down from generation to generation in the South African townships. What is terrifying about this book is how little the thoughts and feelings of their victims are taken into account. Violent crime is just normal and everyday. Despite some glaring faults; a car alarm never gets activated and there isn't a Tracking system in any of the cars he steal ...more
David Kenvyn
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is South Africa's answer to Alan Bissett's "Boyracers" except that Umlazi is a far more dangerous place to live than Falkirk. This is the story of a young school dropout who risks a life of car stealing to make money. I am not going to tell you what happens to young Sipho and his friends Musa and Vusi, or his girlfriend Nana but if you want a ride, like a big dipper, then this is the book for you. ...more
Ein Junge bricht die Schule ab, macht seine Erfahrungen als Autodieb und wird mit der brutalen Welt des schnellen illegalen Geldbeschaffens konfrontiert. Kann und will er das? Ein Buch, bei dessen Lektüre man den heißen Gummi der bis zum Anschlag beschleunigten Autos riecht und das Herzklopfen von Sipho, dem Ich-Erzähler, der auf sein 17. Lebensjahr zurückblickt, spürt.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Young Blood is informative and enlightening about the thinking of young township men. Well written and pacy. Look forward to the latest.
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
original and fast. interesting and refreshing.
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anybody
Recommended to Landile by: Sunday Times
Brilliant! I've fallen in love with fiction writing again, thanks too Young Blood. Ignites the imagination and takes you on rollercoaster ride of note into Sipho's at times frightening world!!! ...more
Mish Middelmann
Aug 20, 2016 rated it liked it
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Sifiso Mzobe was born in Umlazi Township, Durban.

His debut novel, Young Blood, won the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the Herman Charles Bosman Prize for Literature in 2011.

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