Disaster in the life of a teen
BEN Smith is a regular adolescent boy in Grade 8. He is typically selfconscious and wants nothing more than to blend in with his surroundings and survive the emotional rollercoaster that is teenagehood. He lives with his mom, sister and a badtempered pooch, which seems to hate him and everything he does.
Ben’s dad died when he was a small child and so he enjoys a particularly close relationship with his mom. They get on. He trusts her and tells her things. But, Ben is about to learn the biggest lesson of his life. Don’t snitch.
Ben’s school, St Davids, is fiercely competitive on the rugby field. The first team are the stuff of legends, the big boys everyone looks up to and are afraid of. They take their rugby very seriously. When Ben realises one day that the “vitamins” they are taking are actually steroids, he mentions it to his mom over breakfast one morning.
The results are disastrous. Ben’s world comes tumbling down, as his teachers, friends and worst of all the sixth form, take against him in epic ways as their performance enhancers are exposed. He is alienated from his best pals and even the girl whom he has a monster crush on, seems to turn her pretty nose up at him. As Ben, aka Snitch since his mother spilled the beans, comes to terms with the fact that his life as he knew it is over, he comes to the realisation that he can carve out a new destiny for himself, one in which he does not allow the bullies to have power over him. If he is told to scrub the toilet by a senior, he offers to scrub the basins too. If he is told to do 100 push ups, he throws in an extra 100 for good measure.
Slowly but surely, Snitch regains his selfrespect and that of his peers. It’s a lovely story with many facets and if you’re a fan of the Spud series, you will enjoy Snitch by the wonderfully talented and humorous Edyth Bulbring.