(Review) Nothing Left to Burn
Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell
Publication Date: March 13th, 2018
Pages: 320 (hardcover)
Genre: Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars
The autumn morning after sixteen-year-old Audrey Harper loses her virginity, she wakes to a loud, persistent knocking at her front door. Waiting for her are two firemen, there to let her know that the moment she's been dreading has arrived: the enormous wildfire sweeping through Orange County, California, is now dangerously close to her idyllic gated community of Coto de Caza, and it's time to evacuate.
Over the course of the next twenty-four hours, as Audrey wrestles with the possibility of losing her family home, she also recalls her early, easy summer days with Brooks, the charming, passionate, but troubled volunteer firefighter who enchants Audrey--and who is just as enthralled by her. But as secrets from Brooks's dark past come to light, Audrey can't help but wonder if there's danger in the pull she feels--both toward this boy, and toward the fire burning in the distance.
This book was twisty and weird, but definitely in a good way. While I did feel the story was a bit predictable, I enjoyed it and was somewhat surprised at some of the the plot points.
Right off the bat I knew that Brooks was a psychopath. Something about his and Audrey's interactions during the fire and even with their backstory...you could just tell something was off about him. I thought he was possessive and over-confident. I was immediately not a fan.
I liked Audrey a lot. She seemed like your normal, run-of-the-mill girl. She had struggles and tried to hide them so as not to worry her family. They had already suffered and lived through a tragedy, so she wants to spare them from her misery.
As the story unfolds and the fire burns, we met a nice myriad of different characters. Aubrey has an interesting group of friends. She's lost touch with them because of her relationship with Brooks, but she finds her way back to them in a sense.
I loved reading about Audrey's growth and how she managed to really grow up within the pages. She had some tough decisions to make for a teenager, but she handled them with grace.
The only thing I would have liked would have been some closure with Brooks.
ARC provided by First to Read.