“Wins the reader over with a masterful comic touch and a canny distillation of the painful experience of growing up different… Evocative and compelling…”

-Quill & Quire

“[A] bittersweet coming-of-age story…told with extraordinary freshness and wit… a wry and astonishing debut from one of Canada’s rising literary talents.”

-City of Toronto Book Award citation

“Lauren Kirshner creates a first-person narrator you never stop rooting for… Kirshner [is] a new novelist to watch. A very strong, original debut.”

-Zoe Whittall, The Globe and Mail

“An impressive debut from a gifted writer.”


“Lucy’s circumstances are enough to break your heart, but they’ll also make you burst out laughing – Kirshner’s wry humour will see to that”

-Canadian Living

“Tenderly and meticulously rendered… Lucy’s voice is smart and strong and clear, and like the young author who created her, it deserves to be heard.”

-Winnipeg Free Press

“[Lauren Kirshner is] fast emerging as one of Toronto’s most talented new authors….”

-Toronto Star

“Lucy’s coming of age.. combines rich and vivid characters with evocative imagery to tell a compelling tale of adolescence.”

-The University of Toronto Varsity

“Canadian authors excel at the precocious female protagonist, and Kirshner’s character is a worthy addition to the bunch.”


Where We Have To Go is the story of Lucy, a Jewish girl growing up in the wilds of Toronto…there’s a long tradition of writing about female adolescence, but it isn’t usually treated in the way Kirshner handles it: as something worthy not just of public discussion, but of a literary treatment.”

-The Rumpus.com

“Deeply emotionally resonant, Where We Have to Go celebrates the very real triumphs and tribulations of teenage years with understanding and love.”

-The Advent Book Blog: Great Books Recommended by Great People

“The characters are vividly realized, believable, and engaging. A beautifully written novel about family, self-discovery, and growing up.”

-NBD|Biblion Review (The Netherlands)

“A stunning debut. Lauren Kirshner is an emerging writer you should certainly keep an eye on!”

-Jongin Arnhem (The Netherlands)

“Lauren Kirshner has created a world that is believable, touching and a reminder that the journey through life, while not always pleasant, can always get better with time.”

-Owen Sound Sun Times

“A story about love, acceptance, and the ties that bind… infused with humour and melancholy, Where We Have to Go is a bittersweet, completely satisfying tale.”

-London Beat