But despite its gothic influence and dark subject matter, I often found myself laughing. Nothing Can Hurt You is often roguishly funny. When one parent is told by a horrified teacher that her daughter has been paying other kids for their milk teeth, the parent reaches for the box of collected snappers: “Well, she did pay for them.” Goldberg has a delightful eye for detail, too, and is just as good at sketching middle-aged men as she is of girls on the verge of womanhood. She would no doubt make an astute psychologist... The writing here is sparkling and the detective work, refreshingly, internal rather than external.