This is a touching and often hilarious collection of poems that explore the lives of adolescents. I had a blast reading poems for this book because more than a few brought to mind the goofs and disasters of my teenage years. I wish I had been able to include more poems by women, but at the time I was collecting these poems, in the late 1980s, it seemed that adolescent experiences was not a popular subject for women to explore in poetry. Thankfully, that has changed. This book includes a bonus on the back jacket flap: a picture of me from my high school yearbook. I'm not kidding. Check it out.
Booklist Editors' Choice for Young Adults
" . . . these poems will grab readers and not let them go. Janeczko makes the notion that poetry is boring seem preposterous."
— School Library Journal (starred review)
"[A] stunning collection."
Booklist (starred review)
"An excellent collection for any library."
— Kirkus Reviews (Pointer)