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Wiley says of the novel 'it is bound to ring a bell with many teenagers, who must daily walk the line between the two worlds of home and school, family and friends, their parents' culture and traditions and that of their peers.'
Knight says of the book 'It is breathtaking to see a wholly Australian book celebrating working class suburbs and their inhabitiants, revealing their foibles and characteristics with a discerning eye'.
Gordon describes, in a lengthy review, the shift away from past Jennings trademark writing which is a 'lighthearted, funny or embarrassing...journey through adolescence' towards a work with the 'raw emotions of hate, fear, desperation and loneliness that adolescence is notorious for'.
Thomas develops the view that while 'Marc's story is, on some levels, that of a typical sixteen-year-old Australian male...there are complexities to the narrative that lift it from the stereotype' in this review.