• "Written in deliberately bad English, this is a wonderful comic romance"

    Eileen Battersby, Irish Times
  • "An utterly captivating, and disorientating, journey both through language and through love"

  • "Guo uses her minimalist messed-up prose not just to tell an affecting coming-of-age story but to ask deep questions about the real differences between Chinese and British culture and language"

    Independent on Sunday
  • "Funny and charming...more than a love story; its psychology is politically acute, and things noted lightly in it linger in the mind"

  • "It is impossible not to be charmed by her matter-of-factness. As the story grows in complexity with Z's growing vocabulary - the narration acquires fluency and tenses almost imperceptibly - it is equally hard not to be impressed by Guo's vivacious talent"

    Sunday Times