Nothing Burns As Bright As You

288 pages

English language

Published Jan. 4, 2022 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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3 stars (1 review)

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?

3 editions

Poetically emotional

3 stars

The poetry was more effective than prose at describing emotion and less at describing events. This was a short snapshot of a book that showed a single moment in time.

The events toward the end of the book re-framed the rest in a clever way.

Because this was so short, I read it as a chapter a day over a month. I think that helped me absorb each chapter more instead of speeding through it.