Review by John Domini in The Brooklyn Rail:

“Among the many shocks and felicities in Joshua Mensch’s Because, one of the best is his way with a semi-colon. The punctuation provides the text’s closest thing to a break, amid its onrushing recollections of sexual abuse and psychological bruising, right through the middle-school years at the hands of a devious family friend who was finally, flamboyantly busted. A coming-of-age plus comeuppance, the story has a natural momentum, yet is enhanced by a unique presentation, as things unfold via two-and three-page bursts of what has to be termed poetry—all of it, first to last, devoid of a full stop.” Read the full review

Review by Ray Olson in Booklist:

“For his first book, Mensch chooses a very hard subject from his own life. … An almost unimaginably harrowing memoir in poems. … Mature teens may be enthralled as well as appalled by Mensch’s ordeal when middle school was the worst his peers had to cope with.” Read the full review

Interview on AM North West from ABC affiliate KATU TV in Portland, OR:

Interview on Afternoon Live from ABC affiliate KATU TV in Portland, OR: