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Gr 9 Up–When 17-year-old Astrid Krieger's latest boarding school kicks her out for cheating, her parents give her one option: public school. Despite being guilty of this crime and more, Astrid schemes to expose the traitor in her old clique who set her up for discovery. In the course of stringing along her psychologist; avoiding her fake boyfriend; and coming up with an elaborate exposé involving a doppelgänger, a basket of sandwiches, and a horse, she also learns some lessons about family, friendship, and romance. Weaknesses in plotting and clichéd, underdeveloped secondary characters are overcome by the sheer force of Astrid's voice as the whip-smart, spoiled, snarky narrator in this fast-paced and funny novel.–Natasha Forrester, Multnomah County Library, ORα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Astrid Krieger is filthy rich and lives in a rocket ship parked in her backyard. (You read that right.) When she is expelled for cheating at her private school, her parents decide to send her to public school. Astrid, who only thinks of herself, is forced to attend therapy, where she is asked to complete at least three things that she doesn’t want to do but would make someone else happy. Sitcom scribe Iserson fills his debut with whip-smart and cynical observations, and while the characters and plot might be over the top, the fun never stops. Of course, as Astrid completes her tasks, she grows and manages to make new friends in the process. Perfect for readers looking for dry, witty humor; exaggerated characters; and boatloads of quirk. Grades 8-11. --Sarah Bean Thompson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (May 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159514370X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595143709
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,258,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a fun book, and a funny book, and it's worth reading.
Kelly
I cannot remember the last time I read a book that literally made me laugh out loud on several occasions.
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Iserson has the technique of developing a main character who you love to hate and hate to love.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alex H. on May 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is fun! It will make you laugh, it will remind you how much you loved Daria on MTV, and might encourage you to pick up some of your old pyro habits you thought you outgrew in high school. Iserson has a fresh YA voice that sets him apart from all the lovelorn, whiny teenage vampires. He has created a great character, Astrid Krieger, who will inspire young girls to embrace their quirky, kickass sides. And adults will wish they grew up to be just like her -- or at least wish they had her quickdraw, biting sense of humor. A definite recommend!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Emily B. on May 16, 2013
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Just when it seemed like so many YA books were becoming plagued with over-wrought, maudlin backstories that anesthetized characters from being truly flawed and therefore AMAZING, along comes Astrid Krieger. What a breath of fresh air. She's brash. She's impulsive. She's unapologetic. She's a superhero without a cape, avenging any and all wrongs, no matter how small. And what fun it is to watch her go. The thing that really worked for me about the book and what ultimately grounded it was that I could see her immaturity behind the facade. And when she does start to grow and change, she doesn't become some saccarine, Disney-fied version of herself, she just becomes stronger. A tour de force of one-liners. I will be buying copies for all my ladies. This is a must read.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on May 16, 2013
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David Iserson is a writer for Fox's New Girl. Here's the thing about New Girl: it's very hit or miss. When it hits, it's so good that I startle my son by laughing out loud. (He's not used to me laughing at anything other than his antics, I guess.) When it misses, I want my twenty-two minutes of wasted time back. So...while I wasn't sure that I would like Iserson's first novel, I wanted to give it a shot.

Honestly? Another reason I agreed to give it a shot? The book trailer. (Find it on YouTube.)

I always get excited when artists I admire are fans of other artists I admire (like Neil Gaiman and Daniel Handler being featured in Strange Powers, a documentary about Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields/Gothic Archies/The Sixths/etc. fame). However, there's a fine line between talking someone up because you actually like them and helping out a friend. Lots of people I enjoy are in the trailer for Firecracker (Melissa Rausch, Jack McBrayer, Jake Johnson...and other people whom I only know by their characters' names, like Randy from HIMYM), but they may be Iserson's friends and just doing him a favor. Only one way to find out, right? Read the book. That's kind of the point of a trailer, and it worked: my interest was piqued.

Firecracker is about Astrid Krieger, a high school student who uses her family's name and fortune to wield as much power as possible. In fact, having the upper hand seems to be all that she cares about -- well, that and her beloved grandfather, the only member of her family who understands her because he, too, is a firecracker (or "a**hole," as Astrid oh-so-helpfully points out is what people actually mean when they call her a "firecracker").
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sasha Rappaport on May 17, 2013
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Astrid Krieger is the protagonist I've been waiting for. This book is so laugh-out-loud funny -I can't put it down. I originally bought it for my teenage cousins, but I'm keeping this copy and ordering them their own to take with them to summer camp.

Can't wait to read more. I hope there's a sequel. I'm not ready to say good by to Astrid.
-SK
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Anderson on May 16, 2013
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As a big fan of the Fox's "New Girl," I was curious about David Iserson's work in the world of fiction. His work is good. Firecracker is funny. Damn funny. The author weaves a journey through the American high school experience with humor and humanity. Astrid Krieger, the main character, is a alive, truly, and her journey is one I could not put down. As Astrid says: "They never gave a masseuse the Nobel Peace Prize..." I wouldn't be surprised if this book wins a few prizes. I hope a sequel or movie is in the works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Baker on May 19, 2013
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Meet Astrid, one of the most outlandish teens you'll ever meet; Astrid,
who will say anything and do anything to others as long as they fear her; Astrid, super rich and from a powerful family, who begins to learn what we all wish we were able to do: To treat others as we would like them to treat us.

This may be the most entertaining and imaginative book you will read this year - relish it and look forward to reading it again - it's that terrific!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brooke Cadorette on May 16, 2013
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This book is just what I needed! Funny, witty, and smart! Great summer read. I hope they make this book into a movie.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ben Patterson on May 16, 2013
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As someone who hasn't been in the "young adult" demo for quite some time, it's still incredibly fun to take a trip back to high school with excellent characters and a great sense of humor. This book is funny, biting and heartfelt - like a great early episode of the Simpsons. If you're young, or remember when you were, get this book up for a weekend, evening, beach, park, summer, line at Starbucks, waiting in traffic, ignoring your family read.
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