"Has an authenticity and immediacy that will appeal as well as being a great title for discussion." --Kirkus Reviews
"As always with McDonald's work, it's the anger, sadness, and laugh-out-loud honesty about the contemporary scene that will hold readers. This is a stirring celebration of Harlem, its roots, diversity, and change." --Booklist
"McDonald's keen ear for dialect really shines when she addresses intraracial issues. Nate's story affirms and celebrates life in a changing but still-challenging Harlem."
-- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Nate remains a strong, engaging character as he finds himself pulled between Harlem and the Fletcher School, his homeboys and his preppie pals. Hard-hitting yet thoughtful."
-- The Horn Book
"McDonald has another bestseller here. This novel will be a surefire hit with teens from all backgrounds." -- VOYA