Saturday, February 22, 2014

Review: Firecracker - David Iserson

Where I got it: Egalley from Netgalley
Rating: 4 stars  
Cover Rating: 4 stars (Bright. Not exactly how I pictured Astrid to dress though.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: May 16, 2013
Publisher: Razorbill
Page Count: 336 p.
Add it: Goodreads

Astrid was kicked out of her elite boarding school and she knows that she was set up. She's not too concerned until her parents announce that she has to go to public school. Astrid doesn't like public high school, she doesn't like the kids and she doesn't like the smell ["Just hearing the words "public school" out loud made my mouth taste like urine (which, not coincidentally, is exactly how the public school smells)."]. Astrid know that if she's going to get back at the person who betrayed her she's going to need to find people with skills that can help her. She might find that there is more to people than what they're good at though, regardless of how much she doesn't want to believe it.

Astrid was a terrible person. I mean really, she just used people to get what she wanted. That's what her grandfather taught her though. She loves her grandfather and wants to be just like him. Her grandfather is a lonely person though, because when you never make friends, you don't seem to have a lot of them.

It was really fascinating watching her interact with people. She was very amusing, though I'm sure she was not trying to be. There are a lot of ups and downs with Astrid as she tries to fight against her nature to be the person she thinks her grandfather wants her to be. Then she faints.

And then there's Noah. Noah is the boy whose desk Astrid fainted on. He takes her to the nurse and I think her heart started to melt a little. Seeing someone care for her in such a basic way changed her just a teeny tiny bit.

There were some surprises and a lot of moments that made me laugh. This book is 100% worth the read. It's funny and sad and just a really entertaining and interesting read.

First Line:
"My grandfather liked to say, 'The only time you are ever truly alone is when you are dead.'"

Favorite Lines:
"It's called history. Go to the library and read a book about it. People lived and they died."

"If someone wants to win me over, they should give me something useful, like juice boxes or a boat."

1 comment:

  1. How did I not hear about this last year? The fact that's written by a New Girl writer has me keen to read it, plus how funny you found it! Love the trailer, too!


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