The repartee between Ben and Colleen — funny, suggestive, and intense — is spot-on, and readers will easily sympathize with both teens and their frustrating choices, while the adult characters and their problems are equally unique and well-developed. A rollercoaster of authentic emotions, Koertge’s novel offers readers a fast, furious, and satisfyingly upbeat view of the world.
—Booklist (starred review)
Koertge writes crisp dialogue and ably captures both Ben’s bewilderment as he moves from loser recluse to Mr. Popularity and his complex feelings toward A.J. and Colleen….Movie buffs will appreciate the references to films, a hallmark of Ben’s first outing. Readers familiar with the first book will be glad to see Ben’s return; newcomers will be glad they finally met him.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)