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"This is a gem of a book....may be [Sherman Alexie's] best work yet."
—New York Times
"A Native American equivalent of Angela's Ashes
, Publishers Weekly
"Sure to resonate and lift spirits of all ages for years to come."
"Realistic and fantastical and funny and tragic-all at the same time."
"The line between dramatic monologue, verse novel, and standup comedy gets unequivocally-and hilariously and triumphantly-bent in this novel."
, Horn Book
"Nimbly blends sharp with unapologetic emotion....fluid narration deftly mingles raw feelings with funny, sardonic insight."
, (starred review)
"Few writers are more masterful than Sherman Alexie."
—Los Angeles Times
"Alexie's humor and prose are easygoing and well suited to his young audience."
"Fierce observations and sharp sense of humor...hilarious language."
"Breathtakingly honest, funny, profane, sad....will stay with readers."
"What emerges most strongly is Junior's uncompromising determination to press on while leaving nothing important behind."
"[Alexie] has created an endearing teen protagonist in his own likeness and placed him in the here and now."
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Deftly taps into the human desire to stand out while fitting in."
"Exceptionally good....Arnold is a wonderful character."