• Hardcover: 368 pages
• Publisher: Harper (May 17, 2016)
Three girls went into the woods; two came out.
It sounds like a joke, or a riddle. But it was only, would ever after be, the rest of our life.
Shortly after Halloween, 1991, the local high-school basketball star is found in the woods near Battle Creek, Pennsylvania, with a bullet in his head and a gun in his hand—a discovery that sends tremors through this conservative community, already unnerved by growing rumors of satanic worship in the region.
In the wake of this incident, bright but lonely Hannah Dexter is befriended by Lacey Champlain, a dark-eyed, Cobain-worshipping bad influence. Lacey forges a fast, intimate bond with the impressionable Dex, making her over in her own image—and unleashing a fierce defiance with unexpected and harrowing consequences. By turns a shocking story of love and violence and an addictive portrait of the intoxication of female friendship, Girls on Fire is an incendiary and unforgettable snapshot of girlhood: girls lost and found, girls weak and strong, girls who burn bright and brighter—and girls who flicker away.
Happy Monday everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Girls On Fire by Robin Wasserman. I would like to send a HUGE thank you to the author, TLC book Tours and the publisher Harper Collins for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review of it.
Girls On Fire quickly became one of my most anticipated reads of this year and when I got the chance to review it I was extremely excited to read it and share my thoughts on it with all of you. Girls On Fire takes place in a small town where everyone knows everyone and where the teenagers do the normal teenage things. But appearances aren’t everything, as the town comes to learn when the body of a teenage boy is found in the woods on Halloween night in an apparent suicide.
This book was everything I thought it would be and more. It’s definitely one that I will have at the back of my mind forever. I literally read it in one day without putting it down unless I had to for lunch break and bathroom breaks. Girls On Fire is an intense read and I mean that in an entirely good way. There was so much going on in this book with teenage angst, lies, deceit, sex, death, tragedy, drugs, and rock and roll. There were definitely things in this book that were difficult to read because of how intense they are some of the subject matter is a little disturbing but I also think that is part of what makes this book brilliant. It’s definitely a page turner.
I enjoyed both the writing style and the format of the narrative. I loved that we not only get the perspectives of our two main characters, Dex and Lacey but also of people surrounding them like their parents. My absolute FAVORITE chapter was a really short one at about page 343, I mean listen to this line, “Girls had to believe in everything but their own power, because if girls knew what they could do, imagine what they might.” Wow. Favorite line of the entire book.
It was definitely a unique read that was harsh and gritty, cautioning and harrowing. This was such a gripping read and I could totally see it being turned into a suspenseful movie. Five stars from me!
Also, can I just mention how much I love the cover of this book? The image and color scheme are gorgeous.
About Robin Wasserman
Robin Wasserman is a graduate of Harvard University and the author of several successful novels for young adults. A recent recipient of a MacDowell fellowship, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. Girls on Fire is her first novel for adults.