Book Review: Nothing Burns as Bright As You

Posted June 14, 2022 by geograph in contemporary, queer, review, sapphic, YA / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Nothing Burns as Bright As YouNothing Burns as Bright as You by Ashley Woodfolk
Published by HarperCollins on April 5, 2022
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Coming of Age, Young Adult Fiction / Diversity & Multicultural, Young Adult Fiction / Girls & Women, Young Adult Fiction / LGBTQ, Young Adult Fiction / Novels in Verse, Young Adult Fiction / People & Places / United States / African American & Black, Young Adult Fiction / Poetry, Young Adult Fiction / Romance / LGBTQ, Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Dating & Sex, Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Friendship
Pages: 288
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Netgalley

Five starred reviews!

From New York Times bestselling author Ashley Woodfolk, Nothing Burns as Bright as You is an impassioned stand-alone tale of queer love, grief, and the complexity of female friendship.

Two girls. One wild and reckless day. Years of tumultuous history unspooling like a thin, fraying string in the hours after they set a fire.

They were best friends. Until they became more. Their affections grew. Until the blurry lines became dangerous.

Over the course of a single day, the depth of their past, the confusion of their present, and the unpredictability of their future is revealed. And the girls will learn that hearts, like flames, aren’t so easily tamed.

It starts with a fire.

How will it end?

Uhhh so unfortunately it turns out that I hate novels written in verse. I have no idea what happened in this book, but it did sound very pretty and it was very gay, which is also the experience of being gay (having no idea what is going on). I think literally anyone else reading this book would enjoy it, but it was Not For Me. I think it’s likely that I would like Ashley Woodfolk’s other books, though! Three stars. Bookshop link here.

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