"This was Marchetta's debut, the book that heralded her as the voice of Australia's youth. It's a classic for a reason. Marchetta is the master of young emotions and budding love - she tells it like it is and doesn't shy away from the nitty gritty (teen suicide, sex, high school hierarchy, family suffocation)."
"The quintessential YA contemporary romance novel. It has a bit of everything - am ostracized protagonist, love/hate romance, budding friendships and familial discoveries as well as self-discovery. Sublime."
"Sequel to 'Francesca' and further proof that Marchetta is the YA queen. The characters are older, but no more wiser as Marchetta proves to her young audience that getting older doesn't make things easier.... Brilliant!"
"Not always romantic, but heartbreakingly honest. Whether younger or older young adult, this book will speak the truth to you - because it's a novel about the unattainable crush, and we've all been there."