Burning Blue

Burning Blue

by Paul Griffin
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Burning Blue 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story of what true beauty is and how far well some help the one they love
KelliN More than 1 year ago
I saw this book on my library's New Releases shelf and based on the summary and cover, decided to give it a try. I'd never heard of it, or read anything by Paul Griffin before, but was really intrigued by the summary. I'm so glad I read this book: it was a great, powerful, emotional read! Several years ago, I read and fell in love with Justina Chen Headley's North of Beautiful (read my review here). I think I've been looking for a book to rival North of Beautiful ever since then, and Paul Griffin definitely has a contender in Burning Blue. Nicole is the most popular and beautiful girl in school. She is loved by many, but also a target of jealousy. The girl is practically perfect: who wouldn't be jealous? One day at school, an unknown attacker squirts her in the face with acid. Nicole's plight and subsequent disfigurement becomes her defining characteristic, as the story of her attack becomes public. The police have very little information and have not found the attacker. The entire town is speculating as to who did it, and Nicole is followed by photographers trying to get a look at her burn. Jay and Nicole meet by chance outside the school counselor's office. Nicole is in mandatory counseling to facilitate an easy return to school after her recovery, and Jay is in counseling since he had an epileptic seizure in front of the entire student body at a pep rally freshman year. He's been homeschooled since then, but the counselor and his father decide it's time for him to return to school. Nicole and Jay become friends, as they both are struggling with huge issues and a change in the way the world sees them. Jay decides to try and figure out who was responsible for the attack on Nicole, and the closer he gets to an answer, the more complicated and dangerous things become. All the while, he's falling for Nicole, but doesn't know if she feels the same. I loved a lot of things about Burning Blue. The characterization, the fact that Jay and Nicole don't just magically bounce back from their respective traumatic events, the suprise twist at the end, and the writing itself were all outstanding. It's rare I like a first person male narrative as much as I did in Burning Blue. Griffin tackles powerful hot-button issues, and does so with aplomb and tact. I loved that his characters are in therapy and don't just return to normalcy as soon as they fall in love, like in so many other YA novels. The love story progressed at a slow, appropriate pace, considering what the main characters were dealing with. I loved that! The focus on art, as well as Jay's computer hacking, really added some depth and interest to the story. I'm no computer geek, but I loved reading about Jay's hacker skills. I just found it really interesting. Griffin's pacing had me reading into the night: I kept telling myself, "just one more chapter," until I looked up and I had finished the book. I sped through this book in a day, it was just that good. I could not rest until I knew who had burned Nicole. There was almost a thriller-type element to Burning Blue beyond the contemporary romance element. I loved this book. I would recommend it to fans of contemporary YA. I'll definitely be reading more from Paul Griffin!
kathywhelan More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! I have been following this author because I love his realism and voice(s) but I have held back from recommending his prior books to my daughters and friends, ages 12 n 14, because of the grittiness, but THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ FOR ALL TEENS AND TWEENS! I read it, gave it to my daughter, who gave it to her friend, who read it in a day and was texting her disbelief at the ending at 11:30 pm she was so excited! Truly the twists and turns and characters and drama are top shelf! I'm so glad the younger groups can read PAUL GRIFFIN! Hope to see many more like this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw this book at my library and was immediatly intrigued by the blurb. I eagerly brought it home to start reading. I was disappointed. It was really hard to get into, and I had to force my way through the book. I stopped at page 46 and skipped to the end. This was a disappointing and boring read. Not worth your money. Get it from the library first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really captured my attention and was intresting all the way through. Through every twist and turn, a new assumption came to me only to be contradicted untill i hit the plot twist. A very realatable cast of characters especially helped make this book a great read. The boy is dealing with many emotional issues that we ourselves may go through. Living in poor conditions with a father who is drunk half the time is very challenging. The character himself is a complet computer genius and all around very smart but is trying to live down an epilecric siezure that made him the laughing stock of the school. The girl is a loving and kind model whos life is shaken by a horrible incedent that ruined her reputation. With help from her new friend she ends up falling for, she battles the everyday depression that sinks in. The boy plays detective and seeks out the girls attacker, making himself a target in the process. A very capturing book with so much emotion you can feel it. Definitly woth the read.
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crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Janessa, Age 15  Nicole Castro is “that” girl in high school who has it all; beauty, wealth, and notoriety. What else could a girl like Nicole want and to what extent would she be willing to go to get it? Precious Nicole gets acid sprayed in her flawless face, leaving her severely scarred, and nobody is fessing up. Jay is the school loner, keeping to himself, prior home school student, and techie genius with a knack for hacking. With the trail drying up, Jay takes it into his own hands to try and find the culprit, winding his way into a dangerous turn of events and finding his feelings for Nicole getting deeper. Could it be one of the girls from school? One of the teachers? Maybe even Nicole herself for attention? Who could do such an awful thing? “Maybe I just didn’t want to believe it. That she could, that she would. That she did.” This was a phenomenal read that right up to the end; I never would have guessed the culprit. Griffin has his own unique spin when writing young adult fiction, making his work stand apart from the rest. The constant suspense kept me on the edge of my seat page after page. *You can view the original review at City Book Review
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