Starred Review, Booklist, June 1 & 15, 2007:
"Hope lies in what the book title says, finding love and community."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2007:
"Gently told, beautifully modulated, these stories go straight to the heart."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, August 2007:
"Rich in both character and setting, these urban tales combine heartbreak and hope into a vivid tableau of a community. A priority purchase for all libraries, especially those in urban settings."
—Chris Shoemaker, New York Public Library
Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, November 2007:
"Grippingly honest … an extensive and multifaceted look at the culturally nuanced dynamics of finding, holding, and letting go of love."