RaveNew Zealand Herald (NZ)Sally Rooney\'s writing is populated by the most irritating, overthinking, self-absorbed characters you could hope to meet. It is this, I think, that makes them so real, so relatable, so likeable ... Is this how young people behave, analysing everything from their own viewpoint? If so, Rooney observes and paints this beautifully ... This is a novel of the inner life. Email exchanges between Alice and Eileen are meandering treatises on language, thought, modern life, celebrity culture, insanity. Things don\'t happen — they are discussed ... One of the most enjoyable facets of the novel for me is reading multiple viewpoints on one page, watching what Felix is thinking and doing at work just as Alice is thinking and doing stuff at home. Fascinating ... It\'s a touching novel because this is what people can be like. We love our friends but they drive us mad, too. I now know Alice, Eileen, Felix and Simon – I\'ve been to the pub with them, consoled them, thrown my hands in the air at their navel-gazing behaviours ... This is incredibly powerful writing. Rooney has done it again, and will probably hate the attention she receives because of it.
RaveThe New Zealand Herald (NZ)This is so much fun. Mortal peril, race riots, seriously nasty criminals, the hot and sweaty streets of Harlem in the 1960s and a furniture salesman who has a hell of a lot going on ... Colson Whitehead puts so many beautiful thoughts on each page of his gentle, considered prose and brings New York and its people to glorious life.