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“Purcell handles the nuances of interracial relationships with a remarkably sensitive and observant eye and challenges readers to view racism under a broader category of generalizations. A poignant interracial love story that grapples with hate and violence.”
– Starred Review - Kirkus
“This is Not a Love Letter is, in fact, just that — a long, beautiful, heart-breaking love letter to potential and possibilities and hope, to the pain we survive in youth and carry with us into adulthood.”
"Thanks to its diversity of characters and emphasis on an interracial relationship, this novel has broad appeal. Purcell is able to masterfully address an array of topics in this novel, including racism, poverty, homosexuality, and mental illness and suicide. Tactfully tackling all of these subjects in one story is a feat not many can achieve.”
“Part love story, part mystery, this brave novel will make you feel, wonder, and think.”
–Tamara Ireland Stone, New York Times best-selling author of Every Last Word
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“"Suspenseful, heartbreaking, and excellent"
— Starred Review -VOYA
“... chillingly credible and unflinchingly revealed ... Hannah herself, compelling and believable, keeps readers focused on her plight and that of other de facto slaves worldwide.”
“Purcell's well-researched look into human trafficking has the slow pull of a dawning nightmare ... Gritty, realistic, and eye-opening.”
“An eye-opening debut novel about modern-day slavery in America.”
— Horn Book
“Many reluctant readers won't be able to put down this riveting novel ... The characters ring true and as the plot reaches a crisis point, readers will be drawn in by the suspense of Hannah's captivity.”
— School Library Journal
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