"A powerful book that should be on all parents' buying lists. Canning's writing is that rare thing in the world of books - original and totally honest."
"Exceptional. I was immediately captured by the powerful and witty writing. A powerful, vivid and enjoyable book, very highly recommended for both adults and teenagers."
"Outstanding - I finished it in one swoop and was totally amazed by it. Breathtaking. By god it deserves a hearing."
"This book completely knocked me sideways. Laura Canning's portrayal of the forgotten and misunderstood youth of today is vivid and shocking. Told in the voice of 14-year-old Lisa the writing is perfectly pitched and displays an uncanny understanding of teenage angst."
"The book pulls no punches and shows a seedier side of life in the province. It is very cleverly written and the writer manipulates the reader's emotions not only by the gritty realism but also by what is left unspoken and unwritten by the troubled Lisa."
"I would heartily recommend this book to teens or adults. It's a page-turner and an eye-opener. It is fresh and original and speaks for the disenchanted voice of a generation much like `Catcher in the Rye' would have done to the youth of the 50s."
"Remarkable. Should be a compulsory text on every curriculum."
"I'm not a reader, but it gripped me from the first page and I truly didn't want it to end, what a story."
"This is a book which manages the enviable feat of being both brutally stark and genuinely touching. Protagonist Lisa is so well wrought as to be completely believable, and as a result the reader empathises with her desperation. Actions are dealt with in a non-judgemental manner, and some grim humour rests alongside the moral ambiguity of the life portrayed. Never maudlin, and always compelling, it is a work which could only ever come highly recommended."
"Stunning, gritty, heartbreaking...Bright Lights explores the issues that the todays teens find themselves dealing with - mental and physical violence and neglect in the home, teenage alcohol and drug abuse, an inattentive educational regime, pregnancy and running away are all there, alongside the heart wrenching perspective of an undoubtedly frightened child, who doesn't have the facility to deal with any of it. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. More please. And quickly!"