Friday, October 26

Burning Blue by Paul Griffin

Burning Blue by Paul Griffin
Release Date: October 25, 2012
Publisher: Dial
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 288

Summary: How far would you go for love, beauty, and jealousy?
When Nicole Castro, the most beautiful girl in her wealthy New Jersey high school, is splashed with acid on the left side of her perfect face, the whole world takes notice. But quiet loner Jay Nazarro does more than that--he decides to find out who did it. Jay understands how it feels to be treated like a freak, and he also has a secret: He's a brilliant hacker. But the deeper he digs, the more danger he's in--and the more he falls for Nicole. Too bad everyone is turning into a suspect, including Nicole herself.
Award-winning author Paul Griffin has written a high-stakes, soulful mystery about the meaning--and dangers--of love and beauty

My Thoughts: This was a real fast read for me. I was engrossed in the plot very quickly and easily.

We are introduced to Nicole who is popular, nice, everything you could imagine. All the girls want to be her, and all the guys want to be with her. She seems to have everything. Until one day while walking down the hall at school, someone squirts a water bottle at her filled with acid. It gets on half of her face and her hands burning, destroying them.

Nicole goes into the hospital and has to have multiple surgeries and even after that she’s nowhere near as perfect as she used to be. She runs into a boy named Jay during one of her shrink visits. They click. They knew each other a bit before but didn’t run in the same circles and Jay has been homeschooled for a few years because he had his own set of problems.

Jay and Nicole begin to spend time together, as friends. But there is just something there. Jay needs to find out who did this to Nicole. He has to know, so he starts investigating and finds more than he bargained for. With the help of another hacker, they find the person behind it all. Somehow, I wasn’t expecting that.  Everyone is a suspect at this point. Her boyfriend, friends, enemies, shrinks, everyone! Nobody is safe.

The culprit is revealed and it’s heartbreaking. Crazy, intense heartbreaking.

What else can I say? This novel was truly unique and even with the deranged storyline I enjoyed reading it. I liked the mystery and I wanted answers! I wanted to know who would hurt Nicole like this! And Jay was a pretty sweet guy. He had a lot going on in his life but he still went out of the way for others.  He wanted to make sure this didn’t happen to anyone again, including a second attack on Nicole.

Burning Blue was a great novel.

Overall: I liked getting to know all the characters. I thought the plot was interesting. It kept me guessing up until the end. I felt like it wrapped up nicely. Burning Blue is definitely a mystery contemporary novel you should check out this year!

Cover: Like it! Its very appealing and I could see people picking this up at the bookstore.

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