Art Animal Mag
"In her honest, raw and, at times, tenderly humorous narrative, Liebegott leaves the reader asking the question: how much is it all really worth?"—Elizabeth Coleman
Bad at Sports
"I loved Theo like I loved Craig Finn's Holly and Charlemagne, and two-thirds of the way through, when Liebegott flips from Theo’s thoughts to the thoughts of Marisol, a girl Theo’s dating, the book got bigger than its protagonist and I teared up on the bus."
Bay Area Reporter
"Theo is a marvel of confusion, discovery, hope and deflated glee; a likeable, quick-witted girl who seems haunted by her vices, yet who always angles for something bigger, better, and brighter...There is a lot to relate to in Liebegott's cleverly addictive novel."—Jim Piechota
"Liebegott . . . writes with easy-going, straightforward style and without a whiff of pretension. Theo and her ragtag friends are all very flawed but ultimately good people for whom one can't help but root. . . . Set in depressing casinos and grimy apartments, Cha-Ching! is a surprisingly optimistic, sweetly funny tale--and Theo is a heroine you might have more in common with than you think."
Cha-Ching! is a rare novel, a smart page-turner which honestly delves deep into the screwed-up heart of one young working-class dyke. At a moment when novels about social outcasts and the downwardly mobile are rarely published, Liebgott has hit a home run with this tender, funny, and moving book, which examines the profound difficulties of being young and gay, and carving out a new home in an indifferent world.
"Cha-Ching! is about being young, looking for love, trying to build a future, losing everything a few times, and praying for luck in Atlantic City. It's also a witty, engaging read that deserves to be called a must-read."
". . . frank, funny and painfully realistic . . . part road novel, part portrait of a would-be artist as a young woman and part unabashed romance."
"Addictive . . . Cha-Ching! is a quick, sober read. . . . the narrative focus is placed on the description of the translation of Theo's cognition to her actions"
"Cha-Ching is a moving coming-of-age tale, funny and heartbreaking, compassionate and real. . . [a] well-paced, well-written, and well-conceived story."
"In the game of American-life-on-the-go hopscotch, Ali Liebegott's heroine Theo just jumped a square ahead of Dean Moriarty. Dean's neverending hustle that energized the existentially desperate young of the 50s, has pretty much gone mainstream. Pills, booze, drunken sex, pick-your-own-reality-TV, and brushes with a fairly humanized welfare system, have despirited the young now even more. At least Kerouac's dharma bums had their anger at the injustices of criminalized homosexuality, illegal drugs, and institutionalized racism, to fuel them. It is now half a century later, and Theo's charming innocence is fully invested in a system that's made freedom just another game. She's a lesbian, but it's no big deal, because she's in every other way, a young urban American desperado. She is also a gambler who excels in the understanding of this royal addiction, which she is trying to kick along with cigarettes, booze, and bars, all legal now. The author's fine writing about gambling is as good as I ever read, including Dostoevski's and the Barthelme Bros. In the end, love, in whatever twisted, pallid form, a love that has little to do with sexuality, is the only answer. In the Fifties as Now there is no other solution for the young. "Suicide and murder/but that's dumb," Ted Berrigan said. Theo and her (maybe) girlfriend, consider both. They come up with the old Beatles song. Wonderful book."
"Her language is haunting."