"The way Zail has taken these extremely difficult personal accounts and crafted them into a novel is brilliantly done... I Am Change makes for a hauntingly beautiful reading experience, and Lilian's voice demands to be heard. Her story is more than just brave and confronting - it needs to be told."
- Books and Publishing
"I Am Change ... celebrates the tenacity of the human spirit to survive and live a fulfilling life... It is a book that needs to be read, mulled over and discussed."
"I Am Change is a story of hope and fighting back...essential reading."
“Our Young Adult Book of the Month for August.”
-The Younger Sun Bookshop
"A powerful, feminist read ... and an important one....If you do one thing today, make it buying this book and then devouring it whole."
- Reading Sumpton
“It was honestly breathtaking, Heart-in-throat breathtaking.”
-Life of ink and words
"Young adult books such as this one need to be on the bookshelves of schools, of libraries and in the hands of young girls. Suzy Zail has given a voice to women that may not have had the opportunity to speak up, and that is a triumphant achievement."
- Shelley Carter, Underground-writers.org
"One of the most important and thought provoking books of the year for me."
"Education, in particular equal access to education, is something I care about deeply. I Am Change shines a bright and necessary light on this issue and Suzy does an incredible job at recognising her privilege and the privilege of all of us born with white skin in a well off country, writing with sensitivity and factual accuracy without fetishising any of the issues raised. This is a book everyone one in this country, regardless of age, sex, or status, should read,"
" I found myself thinking about it while I should have been working, and worrying about Lilian. I even dreamed about it, that’s how powerful this novel was... this is an adult novel, just as much as it is a young adult novel."
- The Cosy Dragon
" I Am Change is an extraordinary novel from Suzy Zail, about dreams, destiny, expectations, and one young girl’s determination to follow her passion and reject the future that is expected of her... essential reading for adults and young readers.
"From the minute you open the cover of this book, you will be hooked. Zail has written a masterpiece, one that will have you entranced. I Am Change, is the book that we needed; passionate, honest, raw and gritty."
"One of my favourite novels of 2019. One of the main reasons why I adore this book is because of the main character, Lilian, the epitome of a strong female character. Lilian breaks the mold and is one of the most powerful characters at the moment in YA. A glowing 5 out of 5 stars."
"Inspired by the stories told to the author by young Ugandan women. Timely and salient – the rights of girls and women in African countries are only now being exercised. A moving story of one girls struggle."
“Many parts of the world are unaware of how difficult it is for girls to access basic human rights such as the right to an education. This book bridges that gap with a captivating story and a fiercely tenacious main character. As well as sweeping you up with brilliant world building and incredible writing, Suzy Zail educates the reader not only on what is happening in these countries but also on what they can do to help.”
“If I had one word that would sum up this book, it’s ‘hope’. Lilian, the main character, has it in spades. Hope for a better future for herself, and for her family. Hope for an education that will not tie her to a man she doesn’t want to marry.”
"I utterly loved Lilians' story! I was even more moved to learn that Suzy Zail was inspired to create this story based on her experiences with young girls whom are growing up in Uganda! I dare you all to read this and not be moved, for if you're to ask me what I think is an essential piece of yalit that commands to be read, it's this book!"