Nothing Left To Burn by Heather Ezell
Published March 13, 2018
Hardcover, 320 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 5/5 STARS
(Thanks to Netgalley & Razorbill, I received an eARC)
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.
I really enjoyed how the story was set up in flashbacks, it went from the moment she was woken up to be evacuated, until the final outcome of the book. I felt like I was along for a very turbulent ride the whole time, with everything going on as the fire got closer, to everything that led up to Audrey’s choices. I didn’t feel like I was missing out on any parts. I thought this also helped portray Audrey’s internal struggles in a way that was easy to comprehend.
I thought Audrey was a very brave and honest character. She had some tough decisions to make about romance, friendship and life in general. With all that was going on I felt like she kept her head on her shoulders. This part where Audrey is explaining herself really resonated with me. “Me, obsessive, one-track mind, all-or-nothing attitude” Like Audrey I did ballet, and abruptly walked away, though I was a bit older, a senior in high school. This part kept coming up and I felt as though I knew a lot of what she was feeling about that particular subject.
For some reason I kept feeling like I was reading something by Gayle Foreman, who I absolutely adore. I think it had to do with the way the story flowed, and how it hit you in the feels. I highly enjoyed this whole book, and kept wanting more. I can’t wait to see what comes next from this author, she has quickly become an auto-buy author for me.