PositiveThe New York Times Book Review\"... a compact, riveting book ... Moss immerses us in the pleasures of nascent sexuality and adolescent independence ... Moss is not much interested in giving Silvie and her rebellious tendencies room to breathe. This is a novel about being constrained, even trapped.\
PositiveThe New York Times Book ReviewA skilled researcher, Hansen anchors his book in the dark waters of character. The Kid’s story has been told many times. But not like this ... The real achievement of this novel is its pesky style. Like the Kid, Hansen revels in the lingo of tabloid and tale, of dime novel and detective story. He also highlights the haphazard nature of our fates.