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Nothing burns as bright as you

by Woodfolk, Ashley,

Format: Print Book 2022
Availability: Available at 12 Libraries 12 of 12 copies
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Baldwin Borough Library Young Adult YA WOO
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CLP - Allegheny Regional Teen New Books TEEN FICTION Woodfolk
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CLP - East Liberty Teen New Books TEEN FICTION Woodfolk
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CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Woodfolk
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Five starred reviews!

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?

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This blistering novel in verse follows two 16-year-old girls, both Black and queer, as they share a final, combustible day together following two-and-a-half years of friendship that bled into a messy, passionate, undefinable romance. Sections of the present are intercut with flashback vignettes, gradually assembling a collage of the intimate history that informs the girls' impetuous last outing. And while there are certainly dramatic events--the day is bookended by (relatively innocent) arson--Woodfolk doesn't rely on shocking twists or gimmickry to propel readers, instead immersing them in the raw emotions of the characters, heightened by the intensity of first love, with all its promise and problems. The verse, written in direct address from a first-person perspective, is tight and energetic, effective and deeply affecting. There's a kind of minimalism to the story's tight focus--character names are omitted; backstory is limited to this couple's relationship--and many of the novel's elements, such as the setting and events, double as metaphor, making for an elegant overall construction that causes the novel (which, yes, is in verse) to feel like a poem itself. This is no genre romance, and a happily ever after is not the goal. Rather, this book is an uncommon exploration of girlhood and its messier relationships: the ones that, though they go out, burn bright and big and leave an indelible mark."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In a tautly written, fast-moving novel in verse that captures the unbalanced experience of an all-consuming love, two unnamed queer Black teen girls move rapidly from strangerhood into a protective best friendship before becoming dysfunctional lovers and mutually destructive partners in crime. Beginning with the couple's parting after their fateful decision to set fire to the dumpster behind their high school, the story switches nonlinearly between their dissonant perspectives. One is the starry-eyed, compulsively dishonest daughter of an attentive family; the other an avoidant latchkey kid, for whom "fire was always a joke." Exploring themes of loyalty, infatuation, and the value of self-love over romance, Woodfolk (When You Were Everything) peppers this fraught, almost suffocating love story with eye-catching lines that signpost the teens' deepening codependency from their bond's initial spark ("And our soft brown hands collided/ like stars") through its fiery conclusion ("You loved me more than I knew./ I loved you more than you could take"). Ages 12--up. Agent: Beth Phelan, Gallt & Zacker Literary. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Lesbian teenagers -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Best friends -- Fiction.
Female friendship -- Fiction.
First loves -- Fiction.
Romance fiction.
Lesbian fiction.
Novels in verse.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2022
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 277 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780358655350
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