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Friendship on Fire

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  99 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Daisy Brooks’s senior year is not off to a great start. Her first assembly as school captain is slightly ruined by her new bright orange hairdo – thanks to her father’s inability to choose correct permanent hair dye. The local Blonde Brigade is already giving her a hard time (and affectionately dubbed her ‘ranga’) and her teachers have done the unthinkable and handed out ...more
Paperback, 1, 471 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Sid Harta Publishers
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Wendy Darling
Dec 22, 2011 Wendy Darling marked it as will-never-read
Shelves: young-adult, aussies
This book has been on my TBR list for more than six months, but I'm taking it off as of 12/22/11.
Apr 25, 2011 Nic rated it really liked it
Favourite Quote: "It was only now, alone in my moment of reminiscence, with the rain drizzling softly on the shack's roof, that I felt the full effects of falling in love with him."

I love the cover line on this book "Tempestuous and vulnerable, Daisy struggles to navigate her way towards adulthood". I think it sums this story up perfectly. Friendship on Fire is set over Daisy's final year in high school. Weiler did a brilliant job of writing a real, honest and emotional tale that captures the go
Feb 21, 2013 Alexa rated it really liked it

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

May contain minor spoilers.

Friendship on Fire is one of the longer YA contemporaries I've read. There were times in the beginning of the novel where I found myself easily putting it down. The story was a bit slow-going, and I couldn't bring myself to become totally invested, which I figured was all a result of the novel's length. Once I got to a certain point later on, though, I realized it was mostly the main character Daisy who had been holdin
Dec 04, 2011 ALPHAreader rated it really liked it
Daisy Brooks’s senior year is not off to a great start. Her first assembly as school captain is slightly ruined by her new bright orange hairdo – thanks to her father’s inability to choose correct permanent hair dye. The local Blonde Brigade is already giving her a hard time (and affectionately dubbed her ‘ranga’) and her teachers have done the unthinkable and handed out assignments on the first day back.

The one bright spot in Daisy’s first day back is the appearance of a private school boy hot
Apr 30, 2012 Shelby rated it did not like it
I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads program about a year ago, and I am now finally admitting that I never finished it. For a long time I just figured I wouldn't review it, because it didn't seem like a particularly popular book and a sometimes First Reads authors do get a bit touchy about the reviews, especially if they're negative. However, after receiving a note from the author asking me to review this book a while ago, I figured that I'd get it over with. I mean, the book ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Friendship On Fire's main character Daisy is someone a lot of readers will be able to relate. Being in her 12th year of school she's trying to find her place in the world as she learns more about herself, falls in love for the first time, deals with a broken heart, learns a lesson about friendship, and struggles to keep her head above the water with all her responsibilities. In the process of it all Daisy loses herself for a bit and struggles with being true to herself or giving into the ...more
Aug 11, 2011 Lorie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owns
First off Thank You to Danielle Weiler and Goodreads Giveaways for giving me the book Friendship On Fire :)

When i first started to read Friendship On Fire it was at a perfect time because i was a couple of days from graduating high school. And reading this book made me kinda of reminisce of my time in school.

Anyways while reading the book i could relate to some struggles and things Daisy went through - well like most teens who were or are in school now. Like being teased, being backstabbed, jeal
Jan 09, 2011 Stacey rated it it was amazing
Friendship on Fire was written with fresh, flowing prose. The characters were well developed which shows the importance of having a longer book to read. Other YA books finish before you've even had a chance to get to know and care about any of the major/minor characters.
I loved the fact that the book ended with closure for everyone. It wasn't ambigious or strange, it was satisfying. This book is uniquely Australian - with the beach setting, the parties, and the school environment. All teenagers
Mar 22, 2012 Hayley marked it as will-never-read
Shelves: author-to-avoid
will never read based on this comment.
My reaction: Very mixed, overall. Honestly, my initial reaction after reading the first couple chapters was: this writing needs help and I'm not liking the main character. I was a bit worried it could end up being a DNF, but I persisted and actually ended up getting caught up in it.

I'm not going to lie, I found Daisy to be very annoying much of the time. She struck me as whiny, extremely melodramatic, and self-centered. She acted like the whole world revolved around her — not uncommon for a tee
Apr 25, 2011 AliceRoared rated it really liked it
So I actually won this book (signed!) in a giveaway, and since it's Aussie YA, I was really happy about it. So this book is about Daisy's last year of high school-- Yr 12. And we all know how stressful that is! I loved the beginning of the book. I thought it quite funny and typical of kids my age. The same thing also happens to one of my friends, so I totally got it. No wonder the publishers liked the book:

... 'RANGA.'
Not for the first time today.

Oh, yes. Daisy's dad picked the wrong shade of
Jun 26, 2011 Tevya rated it liked it
Friendship on Fire follows Daisy Brooks through her last year of high school as she struggles to define who she is and faces obstacles that break her heart along the way. The concept of the book drew me in immediately. A young woman experiencing her first love and struggling to keep her friends while nurturing a new relationship. It’s a struggle that we’ve all faced. How do you explore a new love without pushing away or neglecting your friends? Add in the everyday challenges of high school, from ...more
Dec 15, 2014 Cay rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
4 stars

A coming of age story from the Land of Kangaroos. Danielle Weiler's debut novel is a totally "normal" story of teenage love, friendship and family. Another word that came to my mind while reading Friendship on Fire was authentic. This book has teens acting like real teens. The story, the way the characters speak and interact with one another didn't seem forced or unnatural at all. And the plot is something I could actually see happening in real life, too.

"Well you, see, my new hair colour
Aug 08, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it

At 471 pages,Friendship on Fire long for a typical story. What I mean by typical is it follows the path of a lot of other love/relationship stories: Girl has best friend who is a boy and is in love with her, but does't tell her, girl meets other boy who is bad for her, but she falls in love with him anyways, best friend boy is hurt by girl's blindness and pulls away, girl gives bad boy everything, girl realizes that best friend boy is the one for her, gets her he
Feb 25, 2012 Isamlq rated it liked it
It’s long, at times overly so. Some of the details in the first third could have been done without because it took a while for me to get into her story. Daisy is no different from your typical teenager although a bit young sounding for someone about to turn eighteen, she could be feisty and she could be she funny too. She’s smart sometimes, but also prone to making some of the most embarrassing of mistakes.

Now, if it were just her in this story I don’t think I’d have liked it as much. Her diary
Dec 04, 2011 Jacinda rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Novels set in a foreign land are some of my favorite books. While enjoying myself while reading, I’m also learning a bit about another culture. I get to learn different slang and lifestyles then what I’m familiar with. I also love contemporary novels! It’s probably my favorite genre or at least most of the books I read are contemporary. So when the author asked me to review her book, I just had to say yes!

Friendship on Fire is about Daisy in her last year of what us Americans think of as high sc
Steph Bowe
Jul 26, 2015 Steph Bowe rated it liked it
My first impression of Friendship On Fire was that it seemed a lot like paranormal romance novel without the paranormal elements - a love triangle, a girl who's interested in a guy who seems a bit dangerous, and her - pretty normal, smart, but still a bit clueless. It's quite lengthy, and while I think the novel has plenty of depth as a result, I think it could be pared down a little and still have the same effect, though it would be more of a contemporary YA length.

Once I began reading the nove
Arielle (Chimneys and Magic)
Danielle Weiler did a pretty great job in her debut YA novel, Friendship on Fire. The writing was clever, the characters were refreshingly real and I loved the pop culture references to movies and music alike. (I absolutely ADORE Brooke Fraser's music! For a slightly more obscure artist, I was pleasantly surprised to read that Daisy listened to Brooke Fraser too :D.) The local references about our Aussie culture were spot on and so relatable, I was constantly thinking back to my time in ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Jan 10, 2012 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it really liked it
I know I spoken about this before but I love the dance of lovers beating around the bush with their feelings. You know, when you like a guy but you think it's better to stay friends cause you don't want to ruin your friendship, but your both really in love with each other. Yeah that dance. I love these types of books cause you get the feeling of frustration in seeing the characters run away from each other. And then there pure joy. The feeling you get when see the two characters finally meet ...more
May 05, 2013 Vivien rated it it was ok
Daisy is in year 12. She has the perfect family. Great friendships. Is the School Captain. Little does she know what taking on a dare would do to complicate her life.

The lingo in this book took some getting used to. I definitely wasn't on top of my Australian slang before reading this one. This book sure took care of that! But, it's not anything too overwhelming. Just gives you more time to appreciate the character development. After getting into it more, the story picked up more for me towards
A Canadian Girl
Jan 16, 2012 A Canadian Girl rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, 3-stars
Friendship on Fire by Danielle Weiler is like the Aussie version of Miranda Kenneally's Catching Jordan, minus the football. Although Weiler’s book was released earlier, since I read Catching Jordan first and just before reading Friendship on Fire, it was hard not to notice the similarities in plot.

However, while Catching Jordan has Jordan slowly counting down the days until her trip to Alabama, Friendship on Fire really has no goal per se because it’s just a story chronicling Daisy’s Year 12. W
Apr 26, 2011 Pat rated it liked it
Year 12 starts off with a bang, when Daisy has to give a speech to the whole school, with her hair, dyed disastrously red, covered in a turban. Things look up when she spots a gorgeous boy, Nate, who goes to her rival school Addison Grammar. But she has been best friends forever with Roman and what will a romance with Nate do to that relationship?
This story looks at the trials of Year 12, and finding your place in the world. The characters are skilfully developed and seem real Daisy is a likeabl
Deborah Andreasen
Apr 26, 2011 Deborah Andreasen rated it really liked it
Daisy has a temper to match her (accidentally dyed) red hair. She also has a heart the size of Australia. She's a senior in high school, and it's cracking up to be the most adventurous year yet. She meets the handsome Nate, and his charming ways instantly appeal to her.

As she and Nate get closer and closer, Daisy's best friends - Roman and Rachel - move further and further away.

Daisy struggles to keep her head above water as she juggles exams, school captain responsibilities, failing friendship
Feb 22, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: aussie-ya
When I heard about this book, I couldn’t wait to read it. Firstly, because it sounded like an awesome contemporary and secondly because the author, Danielle Weiler is from Perth, Western Australia, where I live.

Fifteen pages in and I was already craving snakes and redskins! I really recommend you stock up, because trust me, when your reading this book you will get a craving!

The start of the novel was great, as it grabbed my attention and pulled me into the story.

I liked the way the author descr
Dec 17, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Daisy is in year 12 and things aren't starting out to hot. Her hair has been dyed a disastrous shade of red and she is already losing her temper with other students, which is not a good thing for a school captain to do. Things start to look up in her life when she meets the very attractive Nate and he takes an interest in her. But when their relationship starts effecting others in her life Daisy is forced to start choosing between long time friendships and her brand new boyfriend.

The thing that
Oct 31, 2011 Juliana rated it really liked it
First of all, I won "Friendship on Fire" in a giveaway hosted by the blog , and the book was sent directly by Danielle, so a huge thank you to Danielle for the signed copy and for being so kind with her readers!
"Friendship on Fire" was a pleasant change after so many Paranormal books I've read lately. A very well written and developed story, with real characters and situations,with which any girl,anywhere in the world,can identify,one way or another.
The story flows n
Jan 09, 2013 RegularMe rated it it was ok
***************SPOILER ALERT**********************

3/4 of the book, Daisy's in love with Nate, then the 1/4 she likes ROman??? WTF?
I know, Nate cheated, but can't she forgive him, like Shana's dad forgave her mom for runnin away with another man? This shows you why Daisy should have forgiven Nate. Daisy fell in love with Nate, she gave him everything! And Nate fell in love with Daisy!!!! Nate showed Daisy the other side of him, the side where he cares abo
Aug 23, 2013 Kasey rated it really liked it
As a teacher I read this book to be able to possibly recommend to my students who struggled to find anything quality and enjoyable to read.
In her debut novel Friendship on Fire, Danielle Weiler has essentially captured the life and lifestyle of a typical late teen in Australia.
Although as an adult reading it, at times I felt like shaking Daisy, I know many teenage girls would empathise with her and feel her pain as she struggles through some difficult choices.
With her very Australian colloqui
Apr 01, 2011 Maryanne/MA rated it liked it
I would give this 3.5 stars if I could. I enjoyed Friendship On Fir but think it could have been shorter. The main character, Daisy, is more than a little frustrating - I wanted to shake her sometimes! But, all in all, it was fun for this American to get a glimpse of Australian life - so similar to ours and yet different. I had to keep looking up Aussie slang on the web. Here's one I used! LOL
Larissa :)
Sep 11, 2013 Larissa :) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-read
This was basically the "story of my life" except for the major boy drama that is...

The only thing that I didn't like was the lack of scenes between her and Roman. Sure, there were scenes together but the never seemed to be around each other for long and a bit more angst and chemistry would have been great :)

BUT, that said, it was still a nice (although typical) (view spoiler)

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