- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Dial Books; First Edition edition (October 25, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803738153
- ISBN-13: 978-0803738157
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Burning Blue Hardcover – October 25, 2012
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Griffin has upped the ante with this engrossing page-turner that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. He retains his penchant for characters who are broken and battered by the vicissitudes of life and who struggle to find meaning and happiness. However, no matter how tragic the situation, he injects a poignant humanity and hopefulness into the most desperate of circumstances. Readers meet Nicole Castro, who is beautiful, brilliant, and popular. Her life completely changes the day that her perfect face is deliberately marred by acid. Classmate Jay Nazarro is determined to discover the perpetrator of this heinous and violent attack. A computer geek, Jay has become a recluse due to the humiliation he suffered when he had a seizure in front of the entire student body. The two form a tenuous alliance, searching for motives and possible suspects. Alternating narratives, email messages, journal entries, and therapist notes chronicle Jay's investigation and the shocking unraveling of the truth. Jay's snarky bravado, biting commentary, and personal anxiety provide an excellent counterpoint to Nicole's piercing, heartbreaking inner dialogue. These realistic portraits will resonate with readers, who will appreciate this story on many levels: as a psychological study, social commentary, a puzzling mystery, or tender romance. Allusions to Picasso's Girl in Front of a Mirror should send readers off to explore this contemporary art classic. Another stellar offering from this talented author.-Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Hacker Jay Nazarro meets Nicole Castro in the school psychologist’s office and is drawn to the mystery behind her bandaged face. Who would have reason to squirt battery acid on one of the school’s most beautiful and well-liked girls? He secretly begins using his tech skills to uncover the answer and, in the process, finds many suspects. The story unfolds mostly through Jay’s first-person narration, supplemented by Nicole’s journal entries, online chats, e-mails, and other tidbits brought to light by Jay’s hacking. Jay’s embarrassing public seizure two years earlier earned him the nickname Spaceman by his less-than-empathetic classmates, prompting his counseling sessions and his homeschooling with an often-absent art-critic father. As he and Nicole become friends and dig deeper into the crime, the danger ramps up, as does the introspection and emotional tension. A connection to Picasso’s Girl before a Mirror is nicely integrated into the plot, whereas Nicole’s secret, hinted at in the title, is less so. Teens will burn through this smart mystery quickly. Grades 8-11, --Cindy Dobrez
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
I was worried it would be a depressing book, but it was uplifting because the tragedy doesn't defeat these characters. Their sense of self-worth isn't destroyed by what has happened to them. A teenage girl whose face is destroyed and a teenage boy who has become a laughingstock at school and target for bullies; the strength of character these two people show is exceptional. It's amazing what people can endure when they have no choice.
Someone squirts battery acid on Nicole's face, in the school halls. Jay is a geek and an outsider, who went through excruciating embarrassment in his first year of high school, two years before. He's been gang-bullied and has withdrawn into a shell. But, he is horrified by Nicole's attack and starts trying to find out who the attacker was, using his hacking skills. The problem is that there aren't any obvious suspects. That's the setup for the story.
The outstanding quality of the book is how Nicole and Jay bond with each other and how they actually save each other. Somehow the author writes this without it becoming one of those hideous tear-jerkers you want to erase from your mind. Some authors are great at this - a kind of restraint of expression and avoidance of cheap sentimentality that keeps the writing from being just a blatant manipulation of the reader. Kudos to the author. Also, the writing is lean. That writing style makes the book hard to put down.
Nicole is one of those people who are almost too good to be true - she's beautiful, kind and smart and brave and donates time to the children's cancer ward. Almost ludicrous, but somehow the author manages to "draw" Nicole in a way that doesn't strain credibility to the breaking point. But, the book is Jay's story and he is nowhere near too good to be true. He's everything a smart kid with problems actually is; truculent, defiant, withdrawn and alienated. You'll love Jay.
There is very little actual useable information about Jay's hacking. It's generic. The author tells us what Jay does but not how he does it, for example, he disables a cell phone's GPS but we aren't told how he does it. The book probably has less information than the average computer-literate high school student already knows. It will be an eye-opener for those who aren't computer proficient.
The character Jay is just so lovable and wonderful. Excellent story!!!!