Jack is a likable character set in a clever plot. Yansky’s writing is down to earth and entertaining. … Teens looking for a good mystery with a paranormal twist will enjoy this one.
—School Library Journal
Yansky’s blend of mystery, the paranormal, and realism makes this novel’s setting truly unique. … Jack is a likable guy… His adventures should appeal to paranormal, urban-fantasy, and romance fans.
Yansky weaves two separate stories together… The mysterious deaths and Jack’s concern over his parents’ possible divorce contribute intensity… Yansky’s climactic ending leaves many loose strings, suggesting a sequel to come.
Jack’s narration is deceptively low-key and laconic, his slightly slackerish disaffection bringing a wry, M. T. Anderson–esque note to this blend of noir and supernatural story. Yansky does a fine job of building the magical realism of Utopia and its combination of inhabitants who believe, those who don’t believe, and those who make money off of pretending to believe at the local Nirvana College; the Midwestern solidity adds both ironic and unironic charm…. Readers building up their nerve for Andrew Smith will find this a pleasingly creepy and likably oddball outing.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Readers will particularly enjoy the connections between current events and a famous film.
Funny cast of characters and clever dialogue.
—School Library Connection