"Whittall's background as a poet shines in every paragraph. Her poetic voice hits hard and with beauty. Yet it is the drama of a gay-bashing (I can't say more without giving away too much) that haunts the latter part of the novel. We know that people die from hate crimes, but we don't often get such a close look at the ramifications on the survivors' lives.
Bottle Rocket Hearts will resonate with queer readers. For heterosexual readers I suspect it will provide a jarring dose of reality of the dangers still faced by gay men and lesbians -- simply because of whom they love. Gutsy, gritty, urban and sleek, Bottle Rocket Hearts is a compelling story told by a writer skilled in her craft. It leaves me wanting more."
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