Girls on Fire: A Novel

Hardcover | May 17, 2016

byRobin Wasserman

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"Like lightning in a bottle, Robin Wasserman’s Girls on Fire captures girlhood friendship in all its shattering intensity. A captivating, terrifying novel, and one you won’t forget.” —Megan Abbott

On Halloween, 1991, a popular high school basketball star ventures into the woods near Battle Creek, Pennsylvania, and disappears. Three days later, he’s found with a bullet in his head and a gun in his hand—a discovery that sends tremors through this conservative community, already unnerved by growing rumors of Satanic worship in the region.

In the wake of this incident, bright but lonely Hannah Dexter is befriended by Lacey Champlain, a dark-eyed, Cobain-worshiping bad influence in lip gloss and Doc Martens. The charismatic, seductive Lacey forges a fast, intimate bond with the impressionable Dex, making her over in her own image and unleashing a fierce defiance that neither girl expected. But as Lacey gradually lures Dex away from her safe life into a feverish spiral of obsession, rebellion, and ever greater risk, an unwelcome figure appears on the horizon—and Lacey’s secret history collides with Dex’s worst nightmare.

By turns a shocking story of love and violence and an addictive portrait of the intoxication of female friendship, set against the unsettled backdrop of a town gripped by moral panic, Girls on Fire is an unflinching and unforgettable snapshot of girlhood: girls lost and found, girls strong and weak, girls who burn bright and brighter—and some who flicker away.

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"Like lightning in a bottle, Robin Wasserman’s Girls on Fire captures girlhood friendship in all its shattering intensity. A captivating, terrifying novel, and one you won’t forget.” —Megan AbbottOn Halloween, 1991, a popular high school basketball star ventures into the woods near Battle Creek, Pennsylvania, and disappears. Three days...

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Three girls went intothe woods; two came out. It sounds like a joke, or a riddle. But it was only, would ever after be, the rest of our life.Shortly after Halloween, 1991, the local high-school basketball star is found in the woods near Battle Creek, Pennsylvania, with a bullet in his head and a gun in his hand—a discovery that sends t...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.17 inPublished:May 17, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062415484

ISBN - 13:9780062415486

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely riveting This book is a complete roller coaster. It starts off pretty exciting, and you think this is alright, it's very interesting. You might think that the characters come off as a bit pretentious, a bit over dramatic, a bit self-absorbed. But high school is like that, and teenagers are like that too. What you don't realize is that the roller coaster is heading straight for a 200 foot drop. I reached that figurative drop when I went to bed one night, telling myself that lie of "I'll only read one chapter". Yeah right. 300 pages later, I turned out my light and lay in bed with my eyes wide open and my thoughts spinning. Who was the bad girl and who was the good girl? Were they even good or bad? Who was lying to the other, and who was only lying to themselves? Is doing the right thing still right when you have an agenda? Does the past ever stay in the past, do memories of ghosts ever fade? This book was incredible. Read it, but make sure you don't have to go anywhere early the next morning because you won't be able to tear yourself away.
Date published: 2016-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shine bright like diamonds The story of two girls becoming obsessed with one another to the point their lives are changed forever isn't a story we haven't heard of before. But what Robin Wasserman presents in "Girls on Fire" is quite the absorbing cautionary tale of the destructive nature of peer pressure, yet, simultaneously, almost a tribute of sorts to the passionate bonds teenagers can forge and fiercely rely upon. "We would be orphans; we would be ghosts. We would disappear from the mundane world into one of our own making. We would be wild. We would be free. This was the promise we made to each other, and this, if nothing else, we would keep." Lacey and Hannah. Hannah becomes Dex. Dex and Lacey. But let's not forget Nikki. The evolution of these girls brings about a chain reaction that forever ties them together. It is intense and uncomfortable, like watching the fuse of a dynamite burn shorter and shorter towards ignition, and boom, an explosion, one that you blinds your eyes and scorches your mind. Cryptic messages with far-reaching implications are peppered throughout the narrative, which alternates between both girls central to the story. They share their differing histories and perspectives, and their potent and voluptuous friendship – what was it that attracted them to one another, what keeps them going, what could tear them apart? At the same time, they direct their monologue to each other, explaining every secret they have that they keep from the other half. "Girls on Fire" reminded me very much of The Life and Death of Sophie Stark since it reads very much like confessions on paper, voyeuristically exposing their most vulnerable and dangerous sides. Even though it was repetitive at times, it only served to drive the obsessive nature of this infatuation. "Girls on Fire" veer off in directions I expected from it, but the tracks it takes in said directions are unpredictably deadly. Are these girls protagonists or antagonists? It's in this see-sawing of good versus bad, right from wrong, that makes "Girls on Fire" a remarkably riveting read.
Date published: 2016-01-18

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“With its narrative witchcraft, conjures up the ghost of the decade [the 90s] to full effect.”