Review by Beverley Brenna, Special to The StarPhoenix
Nudged into a corrupt world where adults prey on young girls for sexual favours, Gloria slips but regains her balance in a journey that is both a captivating glimpse of life in Ghana and a universal picture of an adolescent in difficult circumstances trying to make her way. Young girls tempted by the powerful messages offered by gang culture would do well to consider Gloria's story as a safe way of unpacking the results of personal choices. Highly recommended for ages 13 and up.
Review by Catherine Thompson The Kirchener Record
Set in Badoe’s native country of Ghana in Western Africa, the book is filled with fascinating details about daily life there: the elaborate national day festivities, the spicy snacks sold on street corners, the agony of enduring three hours of painful hair-tugging for a new, braided hairstyle, the ever-present lure of emigration to wealthier Western nations.
The dilemmas young Gloria faces are quite compelling — so much so I found myself staying up far too late to keep reading. This is a book that will appeal not only to young readers facing questions not so different from those Gloria is grappling with — but to readers of all ages.