Year on Fire by Julie Buxbaum
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing Date: April 12, 2022
Thank you TBR and Beyond Tours for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
Happy release day to the author for this amazing novel.
What secrets will people keep-or reveal-to protect those they love? This novel, set against the frightening backdrop of an encroaching fire season, sparks reflection about friendship, the allure of romantic love, and loyalty to family.
Can a single kiss change everything?
It was a year on fire. They fell in love. Someone was bound to get burned.
The Spark: Just days before the start of junior year for twins Arch and Immie and their best friend, Paige, a spontaneous kiss shakes the very fondation of their friendship. But some ties run too deep to be broken by accidental betrayal.
The Fuel: Enter Rohan, new to Wood Valley High by way of London, who walks into school on the first day completely overwhelmed by his sudden move halfway around the world. When Paige calls dibs on him-he’s too cute to ignore -Immie is in no position to argue, certainly not after taking the fall for the disloyal kiss. Too bad for Immie that Ro feels like the best kind of familiar.
The Kindling: Former lab partners Arch and Jackson, Paige’s ex-boyfriend, have never considered
themselves more than friends. But sometimes feelings can grow like wildfire.
The Flames: When the girls’ bathroom at Wood Valley is set ablaze, no one doubts it’s arson. But in this bastion of privilege, who’d be angry enough to want to burn down the school?
Answer: pretty much everyone.
Year on Fire explores the blinding power of the lies we tell others and those we tell ourselves, the tight grip of family secrets, the magic of first love, and the grounding beauty of friendship.
A beautiful novel, that I’d recommend anyone to read. I was really excited to discover this novel as I really loved “Tell Me Three Things” by this author few years ago and I was- once again- not disappointed.
Year on Fire is a novel about friendship, love, finding yourself, dreams, secrets and family. They all believe that the others have a perfect life when all of them are really struggling with their own things.
I really loved the characters of Immie and Ro. They were so sweet, I loved how they characters grew all through the books. Just like Arch, Jackson and Paige. All the characters are loveable and I wish we could have another book to just know what’s happening to them few years later.
I had guessed the “fire plot” I don’t know if you can call it like that, but someone keeps using fire in the school and I had my idea on who it could be straight away. It did not spoil the book/story for me though. I still really loved waiting to see if we’d find out who it was.
I don’t know what else to say because I don’t want to give any spoilers about this book, I find it hard sometimes to review a book with no spoilers. And that one is quite difficult to review. All I have to say is go grab a copy because you won’t regret it.
About the Author:
Julie Buxbaum is the New York Times best selling author of Tell Me Three Things, her young adult debut, What to Say Next and most recently, Hope and Other Punchlines. She’s also the author of two critically acclaimed novels for adults: The Opposite of Love and After You. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. Julie’s writing has appeared in various publications, including The New York Times. She is a former lawyer and graduate of Harvard Law School and lives
in Los Angeles with her husband, two children, and more books than is reasonable.