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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

ARSON by Estevan Vega book review by Abigaile

Perfect Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing (May 4, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615666036
ISBN-13: 978-1615666034
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Arson Gable feels like a freak. He can create fire. He never asked for it. He never wanted it. But he can't shut it off. Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl--who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin--moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he's never had: purpose. Using what he fears most about himself, Arson must face his consuming past and confront the nightmare that is his present as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Dark, moody, and breathtakingly relevant, Arson, the chilling chronicle of an isolated boy with unimaginable ability, is sure to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.

My Review:

Let me start off by saying that, Arson brought me good luck.
Before reading Arson I was in a terrible book slump.
I kept just picking up books that did not catch my attention.
Well, Arson definitely did.
 I stole this book from my brother, Austin.
Estevan Vega originally sent it to him.
Well I thought the cover art was pretty cool,
so I read the first chapter and never gave the book back to Austin.
To be honest, I was a little skeptical about Arson before I read it.
I majorly judged it.
Since its in the "Coming Of Age" genre, I assumed that it was going to
be obsessed with sex and drugs. But instead I was refreshed with how clever Estevan Vega was with infusing
normal daily struggles teens deal with, without making it obnoxious.
Like most "Coming of Age" novels I've read,
they make sure to everything awkward, mention subjects that make me blush,
and by half way through the book force me to close it and never pick it up again,
because I'm so annoyed with all the sex, drugs and cursing.
Authors need to realize that not all teens are like that.
Well Estevan Vega definitely got the memo.
I really loved how Estevan Vega captured Arson's
teenage thoughts, and feelings without making them explicit.

The writing in this book was amazing. There were times where I felt like some of the sentences
should have been made into a song.
I LOVED Emery! She was awesome, with her band tee's and converse.
I loved how different she is, just with every little thing she does.
Even though she isn't the nicest person ever, I couldn't help
but fall in love with her character.
It was very cool how her name is inspired by the band, Emery.
I just have to say that, the fact that Arson's grandmother walked around naked all
the time really creeped me out. I don't really like having those images in my head, haha.
Despite all the good things about this book, the middle got just a bit slow.
But the ending definitely made up for it.
I mean, it completely caught me off guard.
My hands were getting a little shaky, and when I'm reading REALLY tense parts
in books, I tend to read really fast. So I had to re-read a lot of sentences because I was
reading way too quickly to catch all the information.
The last four chapters were so exciting and nerve-wrecking that I stopped eating my pizza, and try to calm
myself down. But the exploding feeling my brain started to have didn't cease until the book was over.
Even then, I was still a little shaky. And really wanting the second book in my hands.

Read this book. You'll be extremely happy you did!

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