Book Review – Spud Exit Pursued By The Bear
A Blog by Sithe Sikhosana
- Title: Spud – Exit, Pursued by the Bear
- Author: John van de Ruit
- Publisher: Penguin
- Format: Paperback
- Recommended Price: R130
For one last time we are reunited with our favourite diary-keeping protagonist, Spud Milton and this time he is in matric. Not only is he in his final year of high school but he is also a prefect, which requires a greater responsibly from the ever shy, quiet and generally pleasant Spud.
Spud – Exit, Pursued by the Bear is the last instalment in the Spud series by the author John van de Ruit. The most famous of the series is the first book that was subsequently and recently made into a movie. Then it was Spud – The Madness Continues followed by Spud – Learning to Fly. I must say John completely milked the Spud phenomenon and rightfully so. Each time a book is released it becomes a best seller. It becomes a hit with both adults and teens alike. Perhaps it’s the reminder to all us, of the innocence of growing up or maybe the realistic and humorous treatment of the inner life of an adolescent boy.
Back to the book at hand – Exit, Pursued by the Bear:
The book begins with what I believe most of us went through with our parents when they thought we were ready for sex. These conversations were always ambiguous and had a great deal of discomfort. I laughed hard as Spud’s dad trying to explain the importance of protected sex. This set up the tone for the rest of the book and kept me eagerly turning the pages.
As I paged through the book I kept on having flashbacks of my own life in high school and how much fun it was. Possibly the most important moment in the final year of high school is finding a date for a matric dance. A wrong date will haunt you for the rest of your life.
Exit, Pursuit by the Bear is an amusing and entertaining read that will keep you in stitches through out. As far as I’m concerned Spud series is at the same level as the ever-popular Adrian Mole series.
Book rating 3½/5