Accurate description of a schooling teenager's life. Eg: having exams, failing tests, skipping classes., Although this is not appropriate in school, these are some of the situations that are happening in Singapore schools.
NS is compulsory in Singapore for men above18, and Heartland describes what it is like in NS.
no fantasies or exaggerated issues, unlike those that you see in fiction stories.
Eg: Chloe and Wing's relationship problems
Eg: Wing and May's relationship problems.
definition, realistic: given to the representation of things as they really are., portrayal: depicting or representing
people might not have such difficult relationship problems like Wing.
Normal teenagers might not think as deeply as Wing does.
Eg: Wing feels excited about NS as he has never been away from home for a long time. Readers might not feel the same, especially the men as they might dread going to NS and not have the same mentality as Wing.
Wing has a poor family background, and has no father to take care of him. Most of us have perfect families and thus it is hard for us to relate to his life story