“Lovely and unusual—at once epic and intimate” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This beautifully written ‘summer of transformation’ story will have readers feeling as torn about Kenzie’s choice as she is.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“‘Dreamlike’ is one word for ‘Small Damages’…[Kenzie’s] percolating story emerges through Kephart’s lilting prose in the same hazy way you’d meander through the narrow white streets of Seville…The reader is lost and found and lost and found again.”
(New York Times Book Review)
“Lovely” — The Los Angeles Times
(Los Angeles Times)
Beautifully told, the characters’ stories are soulful and compelling, and the setting is rich and alive....This story is unexpectedly tender and original, never falling prey to cliché or the trappings of the typical teen problem novel.
(School Library Journal)
“Kephart has created a lyrical, beautiful story about a young woman at a turning point, struggling to reconcile her choices, find her place in the world and discover the true meaning of family.”
Small Damages is a magical story that is simple, yet complex.
"Stunning. Kephart's lyrical prose lingers with you long after the final page. I simply didn't want it to end."— Ruta Sepetys, author of New York Times bestseller, Between Shades of Gray
"As this delicate and luscious novel unfolds, the lines are blurred between love and loss, past and present, real and magical, and even life and death."--Kathryn Erskine, author of National Book Award-winner Mockingbird.
“Escape to Spain with Beth Kephart’s Small Damages.”
We wish to slow down, breathe in the smell of Estela's paella, the scent of the orange trees. As soon as the book ends, we want to begin it again.
Kephart is a linguistic Midas — everything she puts to paper is golden, including this gem.
"Small Damages is a wrenching celebration of choice. To read Kephart is to splendidly dream with both eyes open." — Rita Williams-Garcia, author of One Crazy Summer, winner of the Newbery Honor Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award