SA Partridge Discusses the Power Games and Social Hierarchies in Her Latest YA Novel Sharp Edges
“A certain level of social hierarchy exists in all groups,” SA Partridge tells Nerine Dorman in an interview for Tonight, about her latest young adult novel, Sharp Edges. “There will always be an alpha, which in this case was Demi. I think the only character who was aware of this was Ashley, as she feels like an outsider, always trying to fit in and gain acceptance with the group.”
Partridge explains how each chapter of the book is from a different character’s viewpoint, which allows the reader to try and piece together how their friend, Demi, died: “Each character has a different perception of what happened and who was to blame. In this way the reader picks up both clues and red herrings as the characters aren’t 100 percent sure of what happened themselves.”
Beautiful and doomed are what first spring to mind when one encounters Demi, the young woman who dies tragically at the start of Sharp Edges, the new young adult novel released by our own award-winning SA Partridge (pictured).
The author’s been named one of Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans for her contribution to South African literature; her novel The Goblet Club won the SABC/You I am a Writer Competition (2007), in addition to the MER Prize for Best Youth Novel at the M-Net Via Afrika Awards (2008) and Dark Poppy’s Demise was awarded the MER Prize for Best Youth Novel at the Media24 Literary Awards (2012).