• "This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever met"

    J. K. Rowling
  • "The appeal of the book is that of a time of innocence . . . When a girl of 17 could still be all but untouched by sexuality. At the same time it captures the pangs of growing up and unrequited first love."

  • "A book for everyone who is young, poor, fed up and yearning for something exciting to happen"

    Irish Times