"Lawrence infuses Isabelle's voice with passion even at her most hopeless, presenting a convincing portrait of the consequences of an addiction that destroys lives beyond those of the addicts. She places Isabelle in a prison from which there appears to be no escape but also gives her some supporters who, even if they cannot intervene, can help Isabelle find her strength, presenting a story that remains intense and absorbing throughout. Hard realism with a heart." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"Vivid, smart, and real as a punch in the eye, Rodent is for everyone with a difficult life, or anyone who wants to know exactly what that feels like. Lisa Lawrence goes deep inside to look at Isabelle and her damaged family with real understanding, in a story that is serious, funny and razor-sharp." - Marina Endicott, author
"[A] story of resilience...compelling and optimistic." - Booklist
"Lawrence tackles the difficult issues of abuse, alcoholism, neglect, and the cycle of violence in ways that are often raw and complex...Well-rounded and believable characters...The book maintains a careful balance between being realistic about family violence and addiction, without dwelling on descriptions of physical abuse...Sure to be popular among teen readers." - Resource Links
"Rodent breathes life into an untraditional family structure...An important story, one that brings new light to a pervasive problem buried in our society." - VOYA Magazine
"I highly recommend this debut and am highly anticipating Lisa's next release, whatever it may be. I've never read any books quite like Rodent, so all I can say is this: I recommend it for those who love strong protagonists and for those who are familiar with—or just wanting to understand—what living with an alcoholic/addict is like." - The Stars Who Gaze Back blog
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