`Few could read this book and not be struck by the iniquity of a world in which the disease’s effects [the effects of AIDS] are so different between regions’
`Grindley’s fluent storytelling, warmth and compassion give room for hope and happiness’
–Read Me, Scholastic Magazines Review.
`The story flows beautifully, the first-person narrative ensuring the reader’s emotional involvement with Lydia, who reveals herself as a fully rounded character, responsible and vulnerable, steadfast and childish, but whose ability to look beyond reality eventually wins through … Excerpts from the memory book punctuate the narrative, a confirmation of the power of words in determining and shaping reality.
Though tragic, the story is about strength of character and the will to succeed rather than ravaged lives’
`Well-crafted and touching novel for young adults’