"With novelistic detail and deep insight, Hobbs . . . registers the disadvantages his friend faced while avoiding hackneyed fatalism and sociology . . . reveals a man whose singular experience and charisma made him simultaneously an outsider and a leader in both New Hampshire and Newark . . . This is a classic tragedy of a man who, with the best intentions, chooses an ineluctable path to disaster."
— Publishers Weekly (starred)
"Peace navigated the clashing cultures of urban poverty and Ivy League privilege, never quite finding a place where his particular brand of nerdiness and cool could coexist . . . [Hobbs] set out to offer a full picture of a very complicated individual. Writing with the intimacy of a close friend, Hobbs slowly reveals Peace as far more than a cliché of amazing potential squandered."
— Booklist (starred)
"Ambitious, moving . . . Hobbs combines memoir, sociological analysis and urban narrative elements, producing a perceptive page-turner . . . An urgent report on the state of American aspirations and a haunting dispatch from forsaken streets."
— Kirkus Reviews (starred)