Youth book deals with bullying, abuse and more

Chain Reaction has two front covers and is therefore divided into two parts - either of which can be read first.

Chain Reaction has two front covers and is therefore divided into two parts – either of which can be read first.

It tells of the experiences of bully Stephanie Adolphus, the beautiful Krystle Thomes whose home life holds a shameful secret in her mother’s addictive behaviour, Lisakhanya, a girl from the township attending the school on a scholarship, Krystle’s sister who is trying to make sense of her life and the changes her sister is going through.

Then there are Dillan, Stephanie’s bullied little brother, and Ben who lives with his overbearing abusive father and terrified mother.

Each chapter is told from a different character’s point of view. In the end, one character’s decision to do something differently, impacts on the lives of all the others. Essentially it’s a book that deals with the issues of bullying, the notion that true beauty is a blessing not a curse, the complexities of young love, and fear of abuse.

Author Adeline Radloff has travelled through 25 countries, collecting an MA in English literature and a law degree along the way.

She has worked as a candidate attorney, breakfast chef, perfume girl, bartender, freelance journalist, housewife, EFL teacher, legal aid assistant, barista, waitress and beauty therapist.

It was with a sense of relief that she finally found her niche in life as an author, teacher and mother, she says. In 2009 she was awarded the Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature for her novel ‘Sidekick’.

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