Tuesday, January 25, 2011


So every writer knows that getting a positive review from Kirkus, never mind a star, is quite a feat. Well, Jazz in Love was recently reviewed on the Kirkus blog. If it weren't for the "factual error" the reviewer pointed out, the actual review was quite lovely. I don't mind "predictable" - there are thousands of predictable books on the shelves featuring white teens. In a sea of books about PoC who suffer nobly, are rescued by white or western saviours, or are living amidst despair and violence, I am delighted that in this book, South Asian teens get to star in a light, fun, somewhat predictable read that was compared to some of Meg Cabot's (The Princess Diaries) writing :).

Even though my elation was slightly dampened by one line I didn't catch, I cherish the review, nonetheless. [The line: one of my characters states that same-sex marriage is legal in Hawaii - and it is not.] I am grateful to the reviewer, who personally sent me a kind email notifying me of the review, for bringing this to my attention and I have already implemented the change in all editions.

There may be a slight lapse of a few days in availability while Jazz in Love is updated, but it will be back up and available almost immediately.


Karen Strong said...

I'm glad that you had a mostly positive experience with Kirkus.

This is another great advantage of your choice of publishing --- you can correct any issues and have them available to your readers.

olugbemisola said...

this is fantastic news!

cleemckenzie said...

Wow! Congratulations, friend. I'm so excited for you.

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