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Reviews on books written by JLove Calderon are available in publications such as AOL Black Voices, BUST magazine, The Ave magazine, Wiretap magazine, Right On! magazine.

Below are some excerpts of what people are saying:

"An honest look at a life worth reading. It was like reading a diary and wanting to reach out to the person writing… to befriend them, so that they see that they are not alone." -M.C. Serch, Hip-Hop Artist, Host of Ego Trip's the White Rapper Show

"In JLove's masterful hands, Amber's story taps into the dramatic difficulties of simply trying to find one's unique place in a deeply fractured world. Here's a voice we've been waiting for." -Luis J. Rodriguez, author of Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in LA

"JLove has the heart, the skills, and the underdog love to tell this deeply moving coming-of-age story the way it had to be told." -Jeff Chang, winner of National Book Award and author of Can't Stop Won't Stop

"Don't get it twisted. That White Girl is more than just another hip hop roman-a-clef. Amidst Amber’s search for community, JLove drops many truths about race in the U.S., the challenges of growing up female and the power of this tribe called Hip Hop... The drama and controversy will hook you, no doubt." -Black Artemis, author of the hip hop novels Explicit Content, Picture Me Rollin' and Burn

"JLove's story has less to do with her being white, than it does with the powerful message she sends...that in her quest for an identity, she discovers not only herself, but the cold hard reality that racism victimizes everyone, black and white alike…the hip hop culture and brutal honesty that sustained her throughout her journey can become the healing vehicle for the inequities in which all of society labors… Bravo to JLove." -Roland S. Jefferson, author of One Night Stand and Damaged Goods

“JLove succeeds in telling the tale of both gang life and Hip-Hop through a brand new pair of eyes...with her voice evolving throughout the novel as she slowly uses Hip-Hop as a vessel for social commentary. The remarkable (and respectable) aspect of Amber’s life and JLove’s writing is that she hardly mixes discussions on her gang activity with her affiliation to the Hip-Hop culture… the novel concentrates more on the isms… particularly racism and sexism.” -Kathy Iandoli, AllHipHop.com

“Not only does JLove live, sleep and breathe hip-hop, above all, she fights for the genre and its culture. The well respected educator/activist, who is dedicated to the struggle for human rights and the positive proliferation of youth and hip-hop culture, has created…That White Girl, in which her own life and experiences serve as the guideline.” -Anne van de Sande, Ballerstatus.com

“I absolutely loved this book. There were so many issues addressed [here] such as race relations, self worth, lifestyle, and family. I recommend [it] to anyone with a teenage daughter.” -Shavon Williams, APOOO BookClub Review