How I Spent the Money
(…) a thoughtful, probing novel about the doubt, shame, and confusion that can rise from sexual abuse, and how blame is distributed. These are not simple questions, but the novel handles them in a wise and nuanced way. Moreover, it is also a fine and thorough study in sisterhood and friendship, and of a band on tour.
Ingvild Bræin, Klassekampen
The story is original, fresh, and peppered with a glimpse of mood from the magic of live music, which nicely balances the heavy theme. (…) Skolem’s writing is trustworthy and at times touchingly raw. (…) Johanne’s story raises an important and often ignored issue, which is perpetual relevant. Especially for young people. I dare say that unfortunately there are many, far more than we think, who have something in common with Johanne. That is why this book is important.
Shana Fevang Mathai, NRK
With a thriller’s literary device, the author creates a drive and claustrophobic space in the narrator to show how the feeling of inner security can collapse.
Astrid Fosvold, Periskop
Johanne is a student and works as a journalist for the student magazine,. She has been supported with a grant to travel with and write about the band “Ask for October” on their European tour. However, she hasn’t written a single word, and she doesn’t intend to either. Johanne only agreed to go on the tour to keep an eye on her little sister. That’s because she knows that the band’s charming guitarist, Torjus, is dangerous. Now she has to write to explain what she did with the money.