Tender Underneath

All Effie May wants to do is finish high school for her dead grandpa’s sake. 

Simple, right? Not so much. A sordid scandal has everyone at school talking. A scandal that has nothing and everything to do with Effie. Either way, she knows she has to keep what happened a secret. 

Now she mustn’t just survive high school, she has to keep her life from unravelling while making sure everyone thinks she’s okay. 

But with her best friends, her wacky sister, her moody ex, his hot best friend, her nemesis and an unlikely friendship to deal with, keeping her life from blowing up might just be easier said than done.

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Praise for Tender Underneath

“The beauty with which Angasa Salome takes you through the breathtaking journey of Effie May Garret, a Drayton High School student is inexpressible. Not only will Tender Underneath walk you through the memory lane of your teenage days with nostalgia, but it will also rekindle the memories of joy, ecstasy, love, jealousy and fear that come with high school years. There just isn’t a way you won’t be engaged, challenged, moved, tensed, and entertained through your reading of this book.” – ROBERT CHIWAMBA

“Reading this felt like watching my favourite movie, I was glued to it till the very end…I’m in awe and highly inspired.” – MONICA MACHADO

“Tender Underneath will take you on an intimate journey that reminds you of all the things that life is made of: pain, pleasure, drama, love, hardship, growth and humanity. Reading this story will be like watching a life unravel as it should, imperfectly yet so, so beautifully. Read it, then, with an open heart and mind.” – PHINDU ZAIE BANDA

“Overall, the book is lovely. Angasa Salome’s ability to effortlessly tell this young lady’s story is quite impressive. It flows almost seamlessly, her skills regarding painting a scene as well as setting are what most writers strive for.” – ANDREW DAKALIRA

“I didn’t just love the story of Effie May, the protagonist of the novel. I loved the way Angasa Salome crafted every single one of her characters. It was a relatable, funny and wonderfully written story that resonated with me.” – FAITH TSOKA