I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the Year on Fire Blog Tour hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours! Check out my review below!
About the Book
Year on Fire by Julie Buxbaum
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing date: April 12th, 2022
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 foundation 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.
“Despite his rage, or maybe because of it, Ro was ravenous”
“Fires can be a lot like kisses: they can confuse your chronology and leave no reliable witnesses.”
“He knew it was weird of him to elevate a couple of fantastic conversations, daily dreamy looks at her profile, and this strange certainty brewing in his gut, to the level of fate. It was weird of him to assume their fires matched.”
I was provided a copy of the book through TBR and Beyond as a tour participant. I voluntarily read and reviewed it. All opinions are my own.
I really enjoyed this YA Contemporary. It was fun having multiple POV’s. Each character we meet in Year on Fire has some internal struggles going on and I appreciated having the different POV’s to help feel what each person was going through.
I thought the experiences of each character felt genuine. Being a teenager is difficult and most of the time is spent trying to figure yourself out or what you want to do when you get through high school. It felt authentic for each one of them to have some kind of internal struggle going on and to have kept it hidden. Friendships also change a lot in those last few years of high school and I thought Buxbaum did a great job of portraying those changes.
This was not as emotionally impactful as other books I’ve read by Buxbaum but I still enjoyed it. I would recommend this to anyone looking for their next YA Contemporary!
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.
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