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Labor Day Book Reco: How to Set a Fire and Why

How to Set a Fire and Why

If yesterday’s review for Into the Water left you a little underwhelmed and soggy, you’re in luck. Fire beats water (haha where’s my Captain Planet ring??) with an amazing novel called How to Set a Fire and Why.

I read one review that compared this YA fiction to Catcher in the Rye. It has a Holden Caulfield-esque female protagonist who struggles with a difficult home life and behavioral issues that make her school life even worse. Her obsession with a secret arson club leads her down some interesting paths that showcase both her maturity and aimlessness.

I gobbled this one up since it’s definitely for high schoolers. Middle schoolers? I don’t know… but it’s an easy read and a very compelling story. Actually I would say it’s probably more high school appropriate… there’s some sex and language.

Funny story – I read this on a flight to and from Nashville and you will get some interesting looks from people at the airport while you’re reading a book called How to Set a Fire and Why. I imagine it’s like riding the New York subway reading a book called How to Fart in Public. Oh well.

xo

~j

How to Set a Fire and Why

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