A hot summer, Berlin and a rural idyll in the borderland between Saxony and the Czech Republic: This is the backdrop against which the quite different stories of five young people unfold. There is highly talented Sylva, who finds school utterly boring and loves to spend all her time out in the open nature. Niklas would like to become a film-maker but gets bogged down in the drug scene with beautiful Evita. While her quest for absolute bliss has taken her too far down the spiral of drug abuse, Niklas manages to break free just in time. Filip is in love with Sylva, but his intellectual manner makes him his own worst enemy. It is not until another girl takes Sylva’s place that he manages to overcome his inhibition. Robin tries in vain to live up to his father’s expectations, denying his inner self all the time. Only when he meets Sylva does he finally learn to give rein to his own feelings.
"How puberty feels, how painful and helpless – only few authors have described this in as sensitive a manner as Iva Procházková […] Iva Procházková demonstrates the qualities of a good book for young adults in an unspectacular way: a striking story, that immediately concerns the reader, an enthralling language that creates an appetite for reading and an ending that inspires the imagination and moves the heart." Deutschlandradio Kultur, 7th January 2009
NOMINATED FOR THE GERMAN YOUTH
LITERATURE AWARD 2009 (in two categories)
About Iva Procházková
Iva Procházková was born in what is now the Czech Republic. She has written books for children and young adults for many years, winning the German Youth Literature Award, as well as a nomination for the Hans-Christian-Andersen Medal in 1997. Her title We Will Meet When They Are All Gone was awarded the Friedrich-Gerstäcker-Award in 2007 and the Protestant Book Prize in 2008. Her title Naked was nominated in two categories for the German Youth Literature Award in 2009.