Booklist Online, a book review site for the American Library Association, recently reviewed the road to god knows.... For a first-time author like me it's actually a pretty big deal - and it's a very positive review, too! Unfortunately, Booklist Online locks the reviews behind a password protected wall, but I've included it here and I hope no one minds. The original link is at http://www.booklistonline.com/default.aspx?page=show_product&pid=3931702
The review is as follows:
"Marie is the fat girl neither peers nor teachers care enough about to really know. She has a golden best friend, one whose little sister looks up to her, and for escapist heroics she follows pro wrestling, which provides relief from the reality of having a schizophrenic mother. Allan sensitively makes Marie the focus of her own story, never preaching to readers or relaying more knowledge than Marie gleans on her own. Initially, his artwork appears awkward. The characters have disproportioned bodies and adopt strange postures. Soon it becomes clear that this awkwardness reflects a major aspect of Marie’s point of view. Facial expressions are distinctly rendered, though, and oppressive particulars of Marie’s life—the hole in the wall made by the pan her mother threw at her, her overweight and estranged father’s habit of sitting around in his Jockeys—drawn with stark simplicity. Allan is realistic about schizophrenia, too, including the dopey condition of a just-medicated patient. Good for those interested in mental-health issues as they relate to families, and also in girl spirit."