Heartland is a work of fiction and all its characters and events are part of Darren Shiau's imagination.
Wing is a troubled teenager who faces the mundane problems of life and is just trying to get by without having any big or significant goal in life. Most students have a least one significant goal in life such as wanting to become a doctor, lawyer or accountant but Wing is just struggling along, he is just trying to make it through with his grades and life.
There are many examples of Wing not having a goal, such as Yong telling him to take up a managerial position so as to impress May and her family.
definition, realistic: given to the representation of things as they really are., portrayal: depicting or representing
ups and downs of, life as a student, being in a relationship
NS, sense of, loyalty, belonging, national pride
correctly describes the life of an average HDB-heartland-living boy.
Difficulties of being a singaporean student highlighted.
Relationship problems that happen often in real life occur in the novel
Thoughts and feelings of men going through NS are clearly noted throughout Wing's NS life.