Firecracker by David IsersonFirecracker by David Iserson

Firecracker

byDavid Iserson

Paperback | June 12, 2014

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A hilarious tragicomedy from New Girl and SNL writer David Iserson! 

Being Astrid Krieger is absolutely all it's cracked up to be.

She lives in a rocket ship in the backyard of her parents' estate.

She was kicked out of the elite Bristol Academy and she's intent on her own special kind of revenge to whomever betrayed her. 

She only loves her grandfather, an incredibly rich politician who makes his money building nuclear warheads.

It's all good until...

"We think you should go to the public school," Dad said. 

 This was just a horrible, mean thing to say. Just hearing the words "public school" out loud made my mouth taste like urine (which, not coincidentally, is exactly how the public school smells).  


Will Astrid finally meet her match in the form of public school? Will she find out who betrayed her and got her expelled from Bristol? Is Noah, the sweet and awkward boy she just met, hiding something?
David Iserson has written for Fox’s New Girl as well as Saturday Night Live, NBC’s Up All Night, and Showtime’s United States of Tara. David lives in Los Angeles with his wife and her terrifying collection of taxidermy and their dog, Bacon. Firecracker is his first novel. Find out more at davidiserson.com and follow him on Twitter @dav...
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Title:FirecrackerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:June 12, 2014Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1595146814

ISBN - 13:9781595146816

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A cheesy read Astrid Krieger is an extremely wealthy high school student who is forced to go to a private school. Astrid has more attitude than any other character I’ve read about before. The amount of effort she puts into revenge and cheating is alarming. It is evident that David Iverson wanted to create a character that stuck out and made a lasting impression. The problem is, is that he may have overdone it just a tad. Although it was slightly heartening to see Astrid Krieger change for the better without throwing away her trademark attitude, I was not fully convinced that Astrid would stay that way. When Astrid first started attending a public school, she still had the same terrible attitude that helped get her kicked out of her old preppy school. That is why it was very confusing as to why she immediately made friends with the school’s “losers” who were kind and just wanted peace. It wasn’t just this point of the book that felt like it was just randomly thrown in. There were other sections too that just did not fit into place and made the book even harder to follow. There were some parts to the book that I did enjoy, such as when Astrid started to let people into her life more, like her sister. As I mentioned before, her change in character was a little unbelievable, but the change that did happen was heart warming. I would David Iserson recommend reading this book if you like extremely quirky characters, with slightly cheesy plot lines.
Date published: 2016-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A quirky yet cheesy read Astrid Krieger is an extremely wealthy high school student who is forced to go to a private school. Astrid has more attitude than any other character I’ve read about before. The amount of effort she puts into revenge and cheating is alarming. It is evident that David Iverson wanted to create a character that stuck out and made a lasting impression. The problem is, is that he may have overdone it just a tad. Although it was slightly heartening to see Astrid Krieger change for the better without throwing away her trademark attitude, I was not fully convinced that Astrid would stay that way. When Astrid first started attending a public school, she still had the same terrible attitude that helped get her kicked out of her old preppy school. That is why it was very confusing as to why she immediately made friends with the school’s “losers” who were kind and just wanted peace. It wasn’t just this point of the book that felt like it was just randomly thrown in. There were other sections too that just did not fit into place and made the book even harder to follow. There were some parts to the book that I did enjoy, such as when Astrid started to let people into her life more, like her sister. As I mentioned before, her change in character was a little unbelievable, but the change that did happen was heart warming. I would David Iserson recommend reading this book if you like extremely quirky characters, with slightly cheesy plot lines.
Date published: 2016-04-25

Editorial Reviews

"Not your everyday poor-little-rich-girl story... Being called a firecracker is a derogatory term as far as Astrid is concerned, but for readers it simply means entertaining."     --Kirkus (starred review)