November 9, 2012

Burning Blue - Paul Griffin

Young Adult
Pages: 288 
Publisher: Dial
Release Date: October 25, 2012

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.

This premise proves once again that the best stories come from the real world. For those of you who don't know, this actually happened in England. A former model named Katie Piper had her life completely changed when acid was thrown in her face. She could no longer make a career in media, and the attack left her blinded in one eye. Burning Blue happens a little differently though, but I suggest that if you're planning to read it, don't google the Piper story till after you've read it. 

I fell in love with Paul Griffin in his last novel. Stay with Me was one of my favorite books last year and it's one of the most memorable books I've ever read. Griffin's writing is excellent and poignant. This book is a blend of realistic fiction with thriller and mystery. It's the story of Jay, and how Nicole's accident affected him. 

Very fast paced, Burning Blue manages to keep the reader guessing until the end. Although the resolution wasn't as great as I'd hoped, the journey sure made a great read. And the premise, just as the real life story, is unique. The characters were very interesting and real. I do wish that Jay's background had been a little enhanced. I kind of felt that he was nothing until Nicole came along, but the again I guess that's the point of the story. 

Overall, if you're looking for a great and unusual YA thriller, this is the book for you. 

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