" I am very glad that I read this book during and after my visit to Kenya. While I found the writing disjointed and sometimes hard to follow, I recognize the author's intent to convey the many-cultured, complicated nature of his home country as well as that of several other African nations. It was the kind of writing that made me expect a horrifically graphic account of a first sexual encounter, but such never materialized, specifically. The whole of the book, rather, was completely visceral and sometimes disturbing in its paranoid descriptions of seemingly ordinary people and events (see cover art for a preview of the book's mood). I most appreciated the political and cultural history imbedded within Wainaina's unique perception of the world around him. I would recommend that Western travelers to Kenya read, if not this book, some work by an African author and not just the guidebooks marketed to us. While simply reading a book can never make one an insider to a culture(s), it lends a less shallow understanding than is offered by documentaries or geo-political summaries. "
— Allison, 2/4/2014