Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell is available NOW! Read my thoughts!
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.
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It took me forever to pick up this book. I had to stop reading it after reading like two-three chapters because I thought I needed to brace myself for something intense like sexual abuse or domestic violence but I was WRONG. There’s a toxic relationship and mental health issues but there is no abuse of any kind and I definitely wanted to kick my own butt because I could’ve been reading this great book. Ugh!
I didn’t love Audrey and Brooks, the main characters. Brooks creeped me out since the beginning of the book (and he never stopped creeping me out) and Audrey rubbed me the wrong way. It is usually difficult for me to enjoy a book when I can’t relate/don’t love the characters but this time I actually had no problem enjoying the story. It is such an original and trilling read that needs characters like Audrey and Brooks for it to be as interesting as it is so it was pretty much impossible to not enjoy the ride.
The entire book is told from Audrey’s point of view and it is told from two timelines, there is the present and then some chapters are from the past. The entire book is just one day of craziness. You have no idea what the heck is going on for the majority of the story. I jumped from theory to theory and it was pretty much impossible to predict how it was all going to end but that sure made for an unputdownable read. The suspense nearly killed me but I loved it. And all of that mixed with the author’s superb fantastic writing is just everything!!
If y’all are looking for a thrilling read that keeps you at the edge of your seat the entire way though then this is the book for you. The ending will have y’all wishing you could see into the author’s mind and it will most likely leave you craving more words from this author.
Massive thanks to Penguin Random House/Razorbill for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
4 / 5 flowers
A Southern California native, Heather Ezell was evacuated for a fire at the age of three and subsequently grew up with an obsessive fear of wildfires. She has been chasing reprieve from California’s heat ever since–from the Rocky Mountains to Interior Alaska. Heather graduated from Colorado College with a degree in English literature and creative writing, and she currently lives in the Pacific Northwest where she writes, practices amateur ballet in the forest, and obsesses over the weather.