. . . sparse, exacting prose, staccato sentences, and whimsical plot lines . . . after reading Booker’s stories, there’s a sense you’ve just discussed something important, and it’s okay to leave with a smile on your face.
- This Magazine
. . . satisfying and thought-provoking.
- Vancouver Sun
[Julie] Booker's perspective is dishearteningly real, and for this reason all the more important and refreshing.
- Telegraph Journal
Up Up Up is a stunning, fresh debut collection from an author who is worth watching.
- Walrus Magazine
[Julie Booker] touches on some difficult subjects, like abuse and the navigation of relationships, but the overall mood is humorous and fun.
- Toronto Life
With Up Up Up, Julie Booker has served up a first book that’s hilarious and heartbreaking, merry and sombre. It’s an irresistible mix.
- Rover Arts
Booker infuses her stories with humour, accessible prose, and familiar characters, but a reader should be careful of complacency: theses are challenging stories that demand attention, engagement, and re-reading to be properly appreciate . . . Up Up Up doesn't read like a debut: this is a writer who has clearly been honing her craft for quite some time.
- Quill and Quire