Cape Town

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  1. says:

    I really enjoyed this book, especially since I have visited Cape Town and could visualize the surroundings. I do have a serious concern, however, about the book and the review.
    The love story is very sweet and seems realistic (in a general way) to me. The main characters are sexually active; the young man is older and more experienced. Yet there is no mention of birth control, the risk of pregnancy, or HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. I believe that this lack is unrealistic, and highly irresponsible, since this is a YA novel. Given the recent history of South Africa and the rates of HIV and AIDS, the omission is particularly egregious. Where are the condoms? Where is the worry about a pregnancy? Is this the author’s or the publisher’s lack of courage because of a South African market? Of the American schools’ market?
    Jo Sullivan

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