Kirkus’s motto is “The World’s Toughest Book Critics,” and writers everywhere wince in agreement.
I’ve been preparing myself for months. Not just for the Kirkus review, but for my first professional review. I know some people will love my work, some will feel meh, and others will loathe it with a fiery passion. And a reviewer can fall into any one of those camps. That’s simple reality.
So when my editor sent over my Kirkus review, I held my breath and opened it. And here’s what commenced.
*Chokes on happy tears*
Here’s my favorite quote from a gorgeous review:
“Sophie’s blunt, perceptive present-tense narration takes readers effectively into her personal emotional maelstrom. Relationships and their dynamics play themselves out naturally and with satisfying complexity; readers see all too clearly the damage done in the name of love.“
You can read the whole review here.* Pardon me while I go have “satisfying complexity” tattooed on my back.
*If you don’t have a Kirkus subscription, you might have to wait until August to read the full review. I didn’t want to post the whole thing because, you know, that would be violating their copyright.