Young, beautiful and ambitious, Bontle Tau has Johannesburg wrapped around her finger. Her generous admirers are falling over themselves to pay for her Mercedes, her penthouse, and her Instagrammable holidays. It’s her duty to look fabulous – after all, people didn’t sacrifice their lives in the freedom struggle for black women to wear the same cheap T-shirts they wore during apartheid.
Bontle’s come a long way, and it hasn’t been easy. Her shrink keeps wanted to talk about a past she’s put firmly behind her. And what she doesn’t think about can’t hurt her, can it?
Blessed adj. [pronounced bles-id]
The state of being blessed, often referring to a person, usually female, who lives a luxurious lifestyle funded by an older, often married partner, in return for sexual favours.
Sometimes we all need a reason to put down those tempting dark and twisty reads to pick up the sunshine reads that lift your heart a little. This is what being on Team CWIP has helped me with, alternating between reading genres but also making sure that I keep a great supply of uplifting emergency reads. Today’s review i’ll share with you my thoughts on Angela Makholwa’s fourth comic novel, The Blessed Girl. Published by Bloomsbury Books, you can grab yourself a copy here.
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The Blessed Girl is the story of Bontle and her life being a strong woman that always drives to get what she wants. She is a woman that’s morally flawed at times, driven by greed, yet also has this softer nurturing side that is hidden by this wall of reckless personal strength, yet you can’t help but love her because she’s going out in a misogynistic world and hustling the ‘perfect’ life for herself. Bontle may be a blesse diva but her and her life also posses this comic charm that captivates you and will have you hanging on her every word.
If you’re wondering what a ‘blessed’ person is, think sugar baby – Bontle has managed to live her life on the effort and finance of others. How? Well, because she’s beautiful, she’s aware at what men want and even has a diploma in MENcology (I wish that was true, we all know how complicated men are!) Her whole persona is empowering at times to women, the hustle, the freedom and the life style. Yet at times I felt that it was deplorable especially when jealousy and greed ran the show. Bontle is a strong character who is a force of nature, an utter whirlwind of emotions and whether you decide you like her or not, she’s the perfect protagonist to set the mood and bring the laughs. As the storyline begins to develop, you get a sneaky peak underneath this mask that Bontle wears that allows you to understand the depth and vulnerability of the person behind the expensive clothes, perfume and penthouse suite. For me I enjoyed both sides of Bontle’s life, the painful times and the laugh out loud joyous times, by creating a character with this flaws and sides, Angela created a somewhat relatable character.
The Blessed Girl is a comical fictional depiction of real life women, working and loving their way through their best lives. Written at times from a first person point of view creates a connection between the reader and our heroine, done cleverly so. I firmly enjoyed this one!
So that’s my thoughts on The Blessed Girl, a rightful shortlist contender for the crown of the CWIP Prize! Will you be backing Bontle and her escapades? Have you already indulged in this comical read? Let me know your thoughts!
Until next time,