Release date: April 5, 2016
Despite the best of intentions, seventeen-year old, wisecracking Hank Kirby can’t quite seem to catch a break. It’s not that he means to screw things up all the time, it just happens. A lot. Case in point: his attempt to ask out the girl he likes literally goes up in flames when he spells “Prom” in sparklers on her lawn…and nearly burns down her house.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Peyton Breedlove, a brooding loner and budding pyromaniac, witnesses the whole thing. Much to Hank’s dismay, Peyton takes an interest in him—and his “work.” The two are thrust into an unusual friendship, but their boundaries are tested when Hank learns that Peyton is hiding some dark secrets, secrets that may change everything he thought he knew about Peyton.
This book definitely falls in the realm of unexpected. From that cover and how the book started (Hank firing up a promposal), I expected it to be some quirky light-hearted story about two awkward teens. Well, Hank is, but it’s the story of two teens who have always felt unwanted and invisible. As Hank becomes friends with the sole witness to his debacle, he realizes that despite her issues with fire, he finds her difficult to not like. So much that he loses interest in the girl whom he did the whole promposal for. But her circumstances are not exactly normal; secrets about their life also come out and they find a kinship in it. It is a little messed up at times, but the humor wasn’t kept far away, saving it from being a downer. The book is definitely an interesting read, and a wonderful coming-of-age book.
Received a free galley from Sourcebooks Fire, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.