Praise for When You Were Here:—Kirkus Reviews
"A poignant coming-of-age story intertwining loss and hope against a background of Japanese culture...Themes of prescription drug abuse, death and teen pregnancy make this a heavy go, but they don't drag the text down, as they are expertly balanced by Kana's spunk, Danny's pained but authentic voice, and the overarching theme of love."
"[An] evocative novel about living life to the fullest...Set against the colorful backdrop of Tokyo's bustling streets, this intricate story vibrantly depicts the stages of Danny's enlightenment and celebrates his mother's sanguine attitude toward life, love, and death."—Publishers Weekly
"Danny's journey to healing is heartbreaking, hopeful, and full of luminescent beauty... This gem of a book will lead readers to ponder life, love, death, and everything in between."—School Library Journal
"Despite the sad topic, it's refreshing to read a story centered on a boy's love for his mother."—Booklist
"The book enticingly combines violin-worthy levels of loss with Danny's vigor and solid testosterone levels..."—BCCB