This is a great read for teenagers, who would fully appreciate the dramas that play out in the classroom and school yard between friends . . . The novel is recommended reading, appealing to the more mature reader, especially for girls.
Joyce Michaels, Fiction Focus
Cooper portrays the intricacies and issues of growing up in a multicultural society which does not always accept the myriad of differences and viewpoints. Hester, her friends and classmates are depicted with humour and understanding. Easy to read and fast moving, Cooper depicts school language and situations that most Australian students will readily identify. The language is accessible and colourful. Recommended.
Cooper's talent lies in setting up a fairly familiar scenario, and then casually shattering all of her readers' expectations. It's cleverly done, and the 1980s setting adds to the book's charm.
Ronni Phillips, The Canberra Times