Reviews

  • An astonishing and beautiful read that is just dripping with atmosphere.

    Lindsay Foley, Sugarscape
  • LaBan’s debut – reminiscent of Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why – compassionately illustrates the tragedy of withholding love and friendship, or worse, never having the courage to seek them out.

    Entertainment Weekly
  • Tim’s first-person voice is a compelling combination of compassion and analysis, revealing his lifelong challenge of albinism, the unexpected romantic triangle he enters into, and choices that set in motion unfortunate events. . . . A playful element infuses the story as tragic themes described in English class play out in the characters' dramas, adding texture to this strong debut.

    Publishers Weekly
  • Debut novelist LaBan takes us into the private school culture as well as the heads of two charming yet very different teenage boys and their parallel love stories . . . Nonexistent parents, well-intentioned, likeable faculty on the periphery, elaborate dorm rooms with overstuffed closets, even the romantic, snow-covered campus all contribute to a setting that adds to the story’s heft and intrigue.

    Starred Review, Booklist
  • This novel is relatable and unusually gripping, even for an older reader - full of slings and arrows and outrageous fortune. Readers should find themselves fairly ripping through the pages to uncover the mystery of what happened, and why . . . Romantic love, hard work, loyalty, friendship, suffering: Like the great tragedies that inspired the novel, it's all here. LaBan's take on adolescent life is rendered in the sweet, intelligent tradition of John Irving, but without any of the prep-school genre's self-satisfaction. And in the end, this story is about more than personal failure (and triumph), or the nature of tragedy. It's also a story about art and how it can redeem us.

    The Philadelphia Inquirer

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