Tell us a story

LoveReading is thrilled to announce the launch of The Very Short Story Award 2019! If you think you have a story we'll love, click here to find out more and how to enter:

Find out more

Graffiti My Soul

by Niven Govinden

'new gen' - Great Fiction for Young Adults

LoveReading View on Graffiti My Soul

Some fairly hard hitting stuff in this tale of Veerapen and his friends stuck in the boredom of their suburban lives. Niven Govinden really projects the voices of the disaffected, ‘bored with life’ teenager. The story starts at the end and then is told in flashback to build the tension to the conclusion we know is going to come. Edgy and moving with clever twists to keep you gripped.

Comparison: Hanif Kureishi, Willy Russell, Helen Walsh.

Graffiti My Soul Synopsis

This is Surrey, where nothing bad ever happens. Except somehow, 15-year-old Veerapen, half-Tamil, half-Jew and the fastest runner in the school, has just helped bury Moon Suzuki, the girl he loved. His dad has run off with an optician and his mum's going off the rails. Since when did growing up in the suburbs get this complicated?


As the knots of Moon and Veerapen's tragic romance unravel, Niven Govinden brings to life a misfit hero of the school yard, bristling with tenderness, venom and vigour.

If you loved this, you might like these...

The Last Summer of Us
The Belles
City of Ghosts

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781847670977
Publication date: 17/01/2008
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847670977
Publication date: 17th January 2008
Author: Niven Govinden
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction,

About Niven Govinden

Niven Govinden is an ex-Surrey-ite with no discernable track or field ability. He is the author of one previous novel, We Are The New Romantics, and is currently hard at work on his third book. 

More About Niven Govinden

Share this book