Author: Ros Haden
Title: Sugar Daddy
Series: Harmony High
Genre: Teen Fiction (South Africa)
Sugar Daddy by Ros Haden tells the story of the teenager Busi, who is socially troubled. Busi decides to bunk school and hang out with her sugar daddy, Parks, and this is where the trouble begins. She is lying to her grandmother and her friends are cheering her on. Unathi, the boy at school who likes her, is concerned, as he cares for her. Busi’s life suddenly becomes a whirlwind and there is no turning back.
What made this book meaningful to me is the fact that it tells the story of a girl my age experiencing the highs and lows of her life, as a teenager.
One of my mother’s friends lent me her book from the series “Broken Promises” from the Harmony High Series and I began to love reading this series, as I was tired of reading stories that I could not resonate with. I was able to get more books from this series and this was my first choice to read.
What I found disturbing was the fact that a young woman my age, in a sense, was trapped in this toxic relationship, even though she made a choice to be in it. I know what girls like myself desire from relationships: validation, nice things, etc. and Parks was able to offer that and more to their relationship. That is why I think that she saw no reason to leave him.
What this book does is tell a story, first hand from both sides in the situation and I appreciated this because in other media we always hear other things like “Girl raped and falls pregnant,” but in this book the story was told from both sides.
The part of the book that I really loved, although cheesy, had to be the last page where Busi tells Unathi that she heard him screaming to her when she was running to Parks that she was strong. I also loved when he assured her that everything was going to be fine. This was the feeling of love and care that Busi needed. She also needed it from somebody who wasn’t her grandmother, but somebody her age who was going to hold her hand.
I would recommend this book to girls like myself so that they read more stories of black female struggles and are able to learn from somebody else’s mistakes.