It’s no secret that I love theSkimm. I will admit that it’s no fun when I see the name of the company I work for in it about once a week, but none the less it’s the best way to stay on top of the news every day (and get new book recommendations).
Their latest recommendation, Bonfire by Krysten Ritter, instantly went to the top of my TBR list. Not just because it was recommended by theSkimm, but also because it was written by Krysten Ritter from Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (binged that show so hard!).
The very standard storyline of “a girl who left town and then had to come back home on assignment” has been done over and over again, but I decided to look past that and picked it up.
I would say this book was a cross between Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (you know I had strongggg feelings about that one) and The Fever by Megan Abbott (which I gave 2 our of 5 stars). It was a book I could have done without picking up.
The horrific stories and events that Krysten wrote about that occurred in high school seemed so extreme. I could not relate or even believe that some of these things could happen without someone finding out, especially since most involved grown adults! Bullying is a thing in high school, I understand that, but her writing took it to an extreme that made it a bit too shocking to believe (which was one of my main issues with Luckiest Girl Alive, too).
Two spoilers (skip the next paragraph if you plan to read this book):
1. The only part I liked about this book is that the ending didn’t turn into a farfetched love story with Abby falling in love with the guy who saved her and living happily ever after. Thank goodness!
2. I still don’t understand how the collar in Abby’s locker was a sign that Kaycee was reaching out for help. I just cannot jump to that far of a conclusion.
I don’t recommend this read unless you liked Luckiest Girl Alive, and then you should 100% pick it up because the storyline and characters were so in line with that read. I think I need to stop reading books based in high school, for some reason they are always too extreme and troubling to me. I was just a normal kid in high school, why can’t a book portray that once in a while?
Have you read this book yet? I think I’ll stick with Krysten Ritter’s acting instead of writing.
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