Starred Review, Booklist, January 1, 2012:
“The book takes place over the course of a week, but there are so many thoughtfully drawn characters and intense emotions that it reads like a small lifetime.”
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, October 3, 2011:
"O’Connell shows exceptional skill in building tension and creating atmosphere."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2011:
"Palpable grief plus irreverent humor equal one extraordinary debut novel. Sharp storytelling indeed."
"And look at me: My mother gave me a punk-rock name, but my spirit is composed of elevator music: Tra-la-la-la./Don't mind me./I'm a nice girl./I have good manners. Read morePublished on April 19, 2012 by Sarah Moon
When you have a name like Sandinista Jones, it doesn't really matter how much you'd love to just blend in and be normal; it probably won't happen. Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by Teen Reads
This is what young adult fiction, at its best, can be. I wish I'd been able to read this book as a teenager. Sandinista Jones is endearing, even in her angst. Read morePublished on February 13, 2012 by Molly
Just finished this book and found it to be deliciously and gorgeously written. O'Connell loves attaching apropos and decadent adjectives to Sandinista's defiantly colorful and... Read morePublished on February 8, 2012 by Nicole Trilivas