• The genius of Cuz lies in its willingness to accept what isn’t known about Michael … Her memoir defies genre and expectationCuz is a literary miracle of form and content ... Allen’s ambitious breathtaking book challenges the moral composition of the world it inhabits by telling all who listen: I loved my cousin and he loved me, and I know he’d be alive if you loved him, too

    Washington Post Sunday
  • [Cuz] will stay with you for a long time ... Moving, tender, angry, insightful, this is a damning incitement of how the system fails to treat people as humans, at how gang culture affects families, and a look at how love can blind people and have terrible consequences.

    Stylist Magazine
  • Cuz will break your heart. Of the recent books that have done so much against such great odds to create a meaningful anti-incarceration movement in America, it may be the most compelling ... Danielle Allen brilliantly and searingly lays all of this out ...remarkable.

    The National Book Review
  • I can only stand in awe of Cuz’s account of her, Micheal’s and their family’s ordeals.

    Huffington Post

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