In 1972, Meena is 12 years old and lives in the village of Tollington, the jewel of the Black Country. She is the daughter of Indian parents who have come to England to give her a better life. Her idyllic adolescence, surrounded by eccentric relatives and friends, is interrupted by the arrival of Anita Rutter and her dysfunctional family. At 14 - blonde, aloof, beautiful, outrageous and sassy - Anita is everything Meena thinks she wants to be. Meena wheedles her way into Anita's life, but the arrival of a baby brother, teenage hormones, impending entrance exams for a posh grammar school, and a motorcycling rebel without a future, threaten to turn her salad days sour. CC Available.