"The book casts [Sunny] as a typical teen in many respects, with all the powers of observation and all the daily struggles with the distractions of everyday life in adolescence... a good, solid examination of an important ethical topic for teens to consider." (Jane Murphy VOYA 2012-12-01)
"...fast-paced and powerful. From the touching dedication to the unravelling of the forty-first hour, my attention was held....McNicoll has created a character that many students will relate to." Rated E - Excellent, enduring, everyone should see it! (Sarah Nelson Resource Links 2012-04-01)
"The book follows high school student Sonja (Sunny) Ehret as she stands trial for manslaughter. Every chapter alternates between last year (Sunny serving volunteers hours on an Alzheimers ward), and this year (Sunnys manslaughter trial). So just how are the two connected? Well you have to pick up this uh-mazing book to find out! I actually read this book in less than a day as I could just not put it down." (Brianne Peters http://booksintransit.wordpress.com/ 2012-03-06)
The narrative is brisk and engaging and presents an intriguing debate on assisted suicide, quality versus quantity of life, and the treatment of seniors with Alzheimers. (Denise Reich Shameless Magazine 2013-01-01)
"Crush. Candy. Corpse. is a strong narrative that engages the readers to contemplate some big philosophical issues surrounding health care, assisted suicide and the fine lines of right and wrong." (Stacey Matson Keen Readers)
"McNicoll expertly combines three different narratives and works on multiple levels to provide us with various versions of the same story so that we are compelled to look at all points of view and draw our own conclusions."
Recommended. (Melanie Fishbane Canadian Children's Book News)
"Sunny is a strong, realistic, witty character with whom the intended audience will readily identify... The portrayal of Alzheimer's patients is extraordinarily well done...The compassion of Sunny, Cole and Gillian will linger long in the minds of the intended reader...The dialogue is witty and engaging, reflective of today's world, moving the plot along smartly and revealing character intuitively...The themes of compassion for the elderly, euthanasia and falling in love will resonate with the intended audience." Highly Recommended. (Joan Marshall CM: Canadian Review of Materials 2012-05-18)
"An absorbing and provocative book" (FernFolio 2012-11-02)
"captivating...Sylvia McNicoll gets Sunny's voice perfect, introducing the narrator as a teen who can make questionable decisions (as we all do when inexperienced) but who has the capacity to see beyond her initial assessments and amend her own actions and beliefs accordingly." (Helen Kubiw CanLit for Little Canadians 2012-05-08)
"Sunny is a realistic and believable protagonist experiencing authentic events and responding with genuine reactions." (The Deakin Review of Children's Literature 2012-12-24)
Crush.Candy.Corpse. packs a punch. Hands down, this is a book that should be required reading for students. McNicoll weaves such a heart wrenching story that youre forced to contemplate your own beliefs, to question parts of yourself that are easily pushed away and rarely confronted. (Mallory Thorpe, coverboundbookie.blogspot.ca 2013-04-17)
SYLVIA McNICOLL has written twenty-three books for children. Her novels have won the Silver Birch and the Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award. In 2011 she won a City of Hamilton Book Award for YA fiction. She is currently the features editor for Today's Parent Toronto. She lives in Burlington, Ontario.