Girls on Fire

Girls on Fire

A Novel

Book - 2016
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An NPR Best Book of the Year * A Buzzfeed Best Book of the Year

"Like lightning in a bottle, Robin Wasserman's Girls on Fire captures girlhood friendship in all its shattering intensity. A captivating, terrifying novel, and one you won't forget." --Megan Abbott

On Halloween, 1991, a popular high school basketball star ventures into the woods near Battle Creek, Pennsylvania, and disappears. Three days later, he's found with a bullet in his head and a gun in his hand--a discovery that sends tremors through this conservative community, already unnerved by growing rumors of Satanic worship in the region.

In the wake of this incident, bright but lonely Hannah Dexter is befriended by Lacey Champlain, a dark-eyed, Cobain-worshiping bad influence in lip gloss and Doc Martens. The charismatic, seductive Lacey forges a fast, intimate bond with the impressionable Dex, making her over in her own image and unleashing a fierce defiance that neither girl expected. But as Lacey gradually lures Dex away from her safe life into a feverish spiral of obsession, rebellion, and ever greater risk, an unwelcome figure appears on the horizon--and Lacey's secret history collides with Dex's worst nightmare.

By turns a shocking story of love and violence and an addictive portrait of the intoxication of female friendship, set against the unsettled backdrop of a town gripped by moral panic, Girls on Fire is an unflinching and unforgettable snapshot of girlhood: girls lost and found, girls strong and weak, girls who burn bright and brighter--and some who flicker away.

Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062415486
Branch Call Number: FIC WASSE R

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sdanyluk
Mar 12, 2017

I really enjoyed the perspective that it was wrote from. I didn't like the ending that's my only complaint.

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Islandlax12
Dec 16, 2016

Enjoyed this read. It shows the dark underbelly of a seemingly quite PA town. It's a more raunchy, "who done it" version of Mean Girls.

KaiteS_KCMO Dec 14, 2016

Great book, kept me up all night!

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laphampeak
Nov 22, 2016

This is Wasserman's first adult novel. The subject of two teens who share a violent and rebellious relationship is young adult subject but for adults. The story is well crafted albeit rather repetitive. If you like murder, infidelity, drunken stupors, deceit, and who did it then you'll like this book. It's not on my favorite list.

AL_ALISON Nov 08, 2016

A compelling story about friendship between two girls in a small town and how things can go so so bad.

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