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Burning Blue Kindle Edition
When Nicole Castro, the most popular girl at her high school, has her face splashed with acid, her classmate, loner and brilliant hacker, Jay Nazarro, does more than just gawk at her. He decides to find out who did it.
The deeper he digs, though, the more he falls for Nicole…and the more danger he’s in. Everyone is a suspect—even Nicole herself—and whoever did it seems ready to strike again.
Burning Blue is a high-stakes, soulful mystery that explores just how far love, or the other side of love, will take us.
Paul Griffin works as a teacher with at-risk teenagers. Text has published Ten Mile River, Paul’s stunning debut novel about survival and friendship, and Stay With Me, a powerful love story that was named a Best Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews and the School Library Journal. Paul lives in New York with his wife and his dogs.
'His lonely, vulnerable characters, including the parents are totally convincing and the mystery and excitement of the hacking kept me turning the pages.' Choices for English, AATE
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- ASIN : B008PE40G8
- Publisher : Text Publishing (24 October 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 579 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 304 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 998,315 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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 He's been gang-bullied and has withdrawn into a shell.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!!!!