Sunday, August 3, 2014

Book Review: Firecracker by David Iserson

Astrid Krieger has done it this time. Kicked out of her private boarding school, and no amount of money or anything will allow her back in, or even off to boarding school in Switzerland. Nope, the punishment this time includes counseling and a one way ticket to public school.

While she used to be one of the richest, most powerful, and smartest students on campus she is now a nobody, surrounded by people who don't recognize her for who she is: awesome, rich and powerful.

On her first day of school she runs into the boy who has been in love with her forever, who also transferred to public school. She calls him Pierre, but if you ask him that's not his name. She also meets timid and shy Lucy Redlich who may just be the first real friend Astrid ever has, and she falls (quite literally) into Noah, another new kid, who may also be another friend to Astrid.

If being at a new school wasn't enough, there is also the counseling she is forced to go through with her nemesis (and dean of her old school) and the fact that he wants her to do three nice things. This is against everything her grandfather taught her, and if there is anyone she admires it's him. The rest of her family is just weak, and (in her opinion) kind of useless.

Forced into a new situation, finding people she might actually be friends with and to try to do nice things, Astrid is more than a fish out of water. She's opinionated, and used to getting her way. Now she might just have to put others first, especially to get what she really wants.

If you are looking for an a-typical book about the high school experience, or are looking for an anti-nice girl book, Firecracker by David Iserson is the book for you. Fans of Josh Lieb's I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President will want to read this one.

I'll see you @ the library!

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