kindle ↠ How to Set a Fire and Why Û 304 pages ë Jesse Ball

ePub How to Set a Fire and Why

kindle ↠ How to Set a Fire and Why Û 304 pages ë Jesse Ball ë [Reading] ➾ How to Set a Fire and Why Author Jesse Ball – A startling subversive novel about a teenage girl who has lost everything and will burn anythingFourteen year old Lucia is a young narrator wConverted garage of a large mansion Lucia makes her way through the world with only a book a Zippo lighter and a pocket full of stolen licorice Expelled from school again Lucia spends her days riding the bus to visit her mother in The Home When Lucia discovers a secret Arson Club she will do anything to be a part of it Her own arson manifesto is a marvellous anarchist pamphlet written with biting wit and This is my third Jesse Ball novel and I have to say I can’t think of another contemporary author who has such an original and inventive voice and style The best thing about Ball is that he’s no one trick pony the only thing his books have in common is that they are each wholly uniueIn How to Set a Fire and Why his protagonist is a teenage girl named Lucia who tells us her story through a series of journal entries The best way I can describe Lucia is like this Imagine Holden Caulfield if he were into arson class warfare and vigilante justice If that isn’t enough to piue your interest I don’t know what to tell youLucia’s father is dead and her mother is in a mental institution She lives with her 75 year old aunt who fully supports her niece’s myriad outlets for teen rebellion After getting kicked out of her previous high school Lucia finds a way to fit in at her new school she join’s a secret Arson ClubI’m afraid I’m making this all sound very dark but it’s not Lucia’s voice is hilarious sardonic and sarcastic She’s smart enough to rationalize her penchant for destruction insightful enough to clarify that while she doesn’t think there’s meaning in anything she also doesn’t find nihilism excitingLucia is a uniue new voice in teen rebellion convinced that what she sets out to do is right and just Most of us have been there before though hopefully not to the point of committing felonies Still it’s hard to feel anything but love for this subversive characterI recommend this book to anyone who is drawn to uirky novels from Chuck Palahniuk’s nihilism and anarchy to Miranda July’s peculiar tenderness

Jesse Ball È How to Set a Fire and Why ePub

Striking intelligenceThe voice of teenaged Lucia is a tour de force a brilliant wrenching cry from the heart and mind of a super smart funny girl who can’t help telling us the truth a riveting chronicle of family misguided friendship and lossHow to Set a Fire and Why is Jesse Ball’s most accessible novel yet; after Silence Once Begun and A Cure for Suicide the pyrotechnics on display here will dazzle She told me I was a good writer but I could tell she didn't care about it Good writer like one of the ones who leaves the good parts outJesse Ball this is how I feel about you The whole book I was waiting waiting waiting for something interesting to happen Every moment felt like it was just a temporary fix to a plot going nowhere distracting the reader from realizing that they're wasting their time The school doesn't even have an Arson Club The blurb is misleading It's like he wants you to believe Lucia becomes involved and interesting and that's not the case She's just dull with new people surrounding her But like I said not an Arson ClubWhat seemed to be one of the most important parts the pamphlet itself was terribly boring and seemed to lose Lucia's voice in my opinion When I finally became interested once she actually set the fire it was over It felt like We did it We climbed to the top of the mountain and didn't get the descend I wanted aftermath I wanted conseuences On the other hand maybe that was for the best It probably would've disappointed me as much as the rest of the book did anyway so maybe it was better to end on a high note if I can even truly call that one Maybe I would've enjoyed it if I liked Lucia as a character but I didn't It felt like Jesse was trying too hard to make her jaded I couldn't help but think the entire way through Jesse Ball has no fucking clue what it means to be a teenage girl

book õ How to Set a Fire and Why È Jesse Ball

How to Set a Fire and WhyA startling subversive novel about a teenage girl who has lost everything and will burn anythingFourteen year old Lucia is a young narrator whose voice will long ring in your ears She is angry with almost everyone especially people who tell her what to do She follows the one rule that makes any sense to her Don’t Do Things You Aren’t Proud Of Orphaned and living with her elderly aunt in poverty in the ”Can you imagine? That you can say something offhand and it can matter it can really matter to someone else? Can you imagine what it’s like to hear something like that? To hear someone say something and feel the world ripple around you”Oh How to Set a Fire and Why what an odd little book you are What an oddball collection of characters you got and the sweetest sweetheart of an Auntie there is I feel you I feel you even where the writing is very detached and I certainly feel you when it manages to touch my heart“Just in case the letter doesn’t get all the way to you I gave it some wings so it could fly the rest of the way”Lucia was such a ferocious little genius y oddball girl I sincerely do not know how else to describe her she’s super tough and she’s utterly true to herself all of the times it makes me envious many times over I can tell you “view spoilerMy aunt’s stroke had felt pretty real too hide spoiler