"It's Morales's ability to explore the complexities that lie beneath the surface of the seemingly mundane, her patient and unflinching handling of her story, and her drive to expose larger truths that makes this such an elegantly crafted collection."--Los Angeles Review of Books
"Compellingly rendered. . . . Essays that are as thematically ambitious as they are deeply personal."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"[Morales's] is the kind of writing that makes reading so rewarding."--Story Circle Book Reviews
"Morales has a strong, lyrical voice, and her essays and anecdotes can be humorous and loving and darkly meditative as they address family, beauty and violence, loss and love. In short, this collection is as varied, charming, stark, and inspiring as life itself, in Los Angeles or anywhere."--Shelf Awareness
"In this remarkable autobiographical essay collection, Angela Morales paints a stunning portrait of growing up and finding her voice in Los Angeles. . . . Morales is a home run-hitter of a writer, and she'll have you holding on to your seat with every page."--Bustle
"The twelve essays in The Girls in My Town take an honest look at the rich experiences of girls trying to make space for their intelligence and imaginations. . . . An auspicious debut."--Rigoberto González, NBC News Latino
"Beautifully written, sharply perceptive. . . . I love this writer's voice, the way she writes humor and sorrow and disappointment with such humanity and intelligence. These essays are wonderfully universal, for all of their intimacy. I never wanted to stop reading."
--Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail