How to Set A Fire and Why

How to Set A Fire and Why

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A teenage girl who has lost almost everything discovers that there is a secret Arson Club at her new school and she becomes obsessed with joining it.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101870570
Branch Call Number: FIC BALL, JESSE
Characteristics: 283 pages ; 20 cm


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Nicr Nov 21, 2016

Smart, funny, swift, with a seemingly effortless voice. Fully realized.

Cynthia_N Aug 14, 2016

Yes, this story is about setting fires but also about so much more. Lucia is having a rough time and had to start living with her aunt and attend a new school. She overhears some students talking about the Sonar (Son-Ar, Ar-son) club. A good read.

Aug 14, 2016

The problem with buzz books is that you set your expectations high and then, well, more often than not the books don't deliver. It's not really their fault, as hype is usually a turn off for me. Jesse Ball's new novel has been praised for its teenage anti-heroine, Lucia, who, yes, dabbles in some arson. While it's mildly refreshing to have an angsty female rather than an angsty male (We need another Holden Caulfield like a hole in the head.), but we've been here before and, as someone who works with teenagers, I have little interest in reading about them. It's well-written, but I feel it could've been darker and bloodier. Also, I'm not sure I learned much about fire.

ArapahoeBethM Aug 12, 2016

Written in the strong, clear voice of young Lucia who tells it like it is, a really great read for teens and adults. She grabs a hold of her tragic life and pulls herself up by her bootstraps, managing to navigate her world and the odd assortment of adults in it with courage and humor.

ArapahoeAlice Aug 05, 2016

Dynamic dark story told in first person by a brilliant 14-year-old girl narrator reminiscent of Holden Caulfield. Excellent writing. The girl, who lives with her aunt, comes from a family that has created its own rules to guide their behavior, including "Don't do anything you're not proud of."


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