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How far would you go for love, beauty, and jealousy?

When Nicole Castro, the most beautiful girl in her wealthy New Jersey high school, is splashed with acid on the left side of her perfect face, the whole world takes notice. But quiet loner Jay Nazarro does more than that--he decides to find out who did it. Jay understands how it feels to be treated like a freak, and he al...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 25th 2012 by Dial (first published October 24th 2012)
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Reynje
I’m enough of a cynic these days to greet reference to the theme of inner beauty with an eye roll. In my experience, much of the messaging around the nature of true beauty is either trite or saccharine and comes with generous helpings of condescension or overt moralising. I need another “lesson” on the superficiality of judging someone’s appearance like I need another makeover montage in a high school rom-com. So while the blurb of Burning Blue piqued my interest, the mention of “the notion of w...more
Keertana
Rating: 3.75(?) Stars

Where do I start when it comes to Burning Blue? It's different. In a genre of literature so popular, it's hard to find anything similar to it. It's part mystery, part romance, and part something else entirely. I can't quite wrap my head around it to be perfectly honest. On one hand, I loved it. It was intriguing, kept me flipping the pages, and startled me with its eventual revelation. On the other hand, I was expecting something a little different when I went into it. Alth...more
Megan
To sum the story up, Burning Blue is your typical love story, when the school outcast and the popular drama queen fall in love. Right? Right? That's what Burning Blue is about, but it's so much better than that.



When acid is thrown on her face, Nicole, the most popular, wealthy, pretty girl in the school, watches her life change right before her eyes. Jay, who suffered from a seizure during freshman year, knows what its like to be stared at like a freak.

I personally, really liked the story. The c...more
Isamlq
Dec 06, 2012 Isamlq rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Isamlq by: Keertana
Colour me impressed and more than slightly surprised. Why, this... Yes, this was the kind of reading experience I wanted out of Shift. And my disappointment over that one's turn out is something I still grumble over to this moment. I’m not grumbling over this one though, as most aspects of BURNING BLUE had me thoroughly engaged. I was asking things, questioning things, thinking that so and so was doing this and that then seeing this is why’s and that’s how come’s. I thought I had things pegged,...more
Henrietta
When I first heard of Burning Blue, I thought it was just a romantic story between a hacker and a popular girl. I assumed it would be something fairly predictable, like a girl got into an accident and then she met a guy, and this guy – probably handsome, strong and protective – would offer her a shoulder to cry on, and then they’d live happily ever after. But Burning Blue is a lot more than a romance. It has mystery, something that I wasn’t able to resolve (well, it’s more like I made a guess in...more
Mands
Burning Blue by Paul Griffin is set in New Jersey. Nicole Castro, the most beautiful girl at Brandywine Hollows High, is attacked one day at school. Someone throws acid on her face but she doesn’t see who. Six weeks later no one has been caught and after a chance meeting in the school’s psychologist’s reception, fellow classmate Jay Nazarro, decides to help Nicole figure out who it was.

Burning Blue is a thrilling and compulsive story. From the minute I picked it up, I knew I was in for a really...more
Sammy
Where shall I start with this book , I picked it thinking it was a romantic novel with bit mystery , but it totally surprised me , with male narration , when the story was based on the female lead , only Paul Griffin could pull out such a stunt & gets success .

The best part of it was he built it around the realistic characters , keeping the romance to minimum , yet you fall in love with the chemistry.

Jay loner by choice , yet circumstances played role in his choices , smart & perceptive...more
Jenny Levine
WOW!!! THAT WAS ONE HELLUVA RIDE!

What can I say? This book is a GEM! and Paul Griffin, you're a genius *hands down*

Everyone should read this.
Two thumbs up!
Liviania
This is one of the books I picked up at TLA. The publicist told me she was excited about the new Paul Griffin, "of course," and I admitted I'd never heard of him. She handed me an ARC of BURNING BLUE so that I could rectify my mistake. I am very happy she did, because BURNING BLUE is a terrific book.

Now, don't confuse BURNING BLUE with MY LIFE IN BLACK & WHITE. Both feature beautiful girls being disfigured, have color titles, and were published by one of Penguin's young adult imprints, but h...more
Ashley
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Wow, I absolutely ADORED this book!

Burning Blue is told from two main points of view: Jay and entries from Nicole's diary. There are a few others as well (like notes from the therapists), but those two are the key ones. Jay was a fabulous narrator! I adored his quirky, sarcastic, nerdy kid personality. He was fun, engaging, and funny without trying to be! Even though he acted like a stupid boy sometimes, I loved being in his head.

This book kept me guessing unt...more
Brooke
As soon as I read the synopsis for Burning Blue I knew I had to check it out— seriously how awesome does it sound?!

So, I’m glad to say that the story did not disappoint! It was suspenseful and funny and a little bit frightening and I couldn’t put it down! I HAD to find out who was responsible for splashing Nicole with the acid. HAD TO!

I adored the way this story was written. It's told from Jay’s point of view but there are also glimpses into Nicole’s thoughts through her journal entries and I th...more
Rabiah
Nov 11, 2012 Rabiah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc, own
Originally posted at: http://iliveforreading.blogspot.sg/20...

Paul Griffin's Burning Blue caught my eye with it's stunning cover and its premise. I've heard of the acid attacks against women in Pakistan and other developing countries... but never of one in an American high school. I was definitely intrigued.
I loved this book. I devoured it, literally flipping pages, insistent to figure out who the person behind the acid attack was before the story ended and found my attempts were a fail: the end...more
Chloe Holmes
This book is a result of walking into a library with your eyes shut and pulling a book off the shelf. I was pleasantly suprised. At first I was
"This is okaay."
Then "why am I reading about a typical school day where nothing much is ACTUALLY happening."
It got better with "Hmm this character is interesting."
I was then hooked: "I really love Jay!" <- main character (he's probably on my top 10 of favourite book personalities) I preferred Nicole's part over Jays for the first quarter of the boo...more
Alexa
I went into Burning Blue with only the barest idea of what the story was about. It was the best way possible for me to experience this thrilling novel, as I was glued to the pages and could not stop reading. It’s not just the fact that there’s a dangerous edge to Jay’s attempt to solve the mystery. It’s also the fact that, even when I felt like I’d figured things out, the author constantly managed to shock me, confuse me and keep me running after all the answers. I haven’t ever encountered the l...more
Lara
The gruesome premise of this book is fairly straight forward: Jay is infatuated with perfect girl Nicole but one day Nicole gets acid thrown on her, leaving her not so perfect. Crime solving ensues with a dash of romance. Yes, essentially, Burning Blue is your typical high school romance where the 'unattainable' queen bee falls unexpectedly for a low-life looser. But this book has more than a simple romance going for it - as you'd expect when acid is involved! There are real characters, pl...more
Michelle
I loved Paul Griffin's Stay with Me. One of the best teen novels I've read for a long time, heart breaking and authentic. Burning Blue is quite different - a teen whodunit.

Beautiful, popular teen Nicole is in the high school corridor when someone sprays her face with acid. Another student, Jay, uses his hacking skills to try and find out who could do this. Jay is nick named Spaceman, a result of his epilepsy. The loner hacker and the school beauty queen form a friendship, supporting each other t...more
Tasha
Dec 17, 2012 Tasha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
Nicole was a beautiful girl, the prettiest in the school. But that all changed when someone threw acid in her face at school. Nicole didn’t know who did it, because she didn’t see anything other than the bottle aimed at her face. Her boyfriend was nearby, the janitor seemed to know not to touch her, and a teacher was around too. Quiet loner, Jay decides to figure out who did this. He sees beyond her wounds, realizing that there is a lot more to Nicole than her lost beauty. Jay is a hacker, able...more
Lyndee
This is only my second book review so bear with me.

To start off, it was quite plain and I couldn't relate even a bit with the characters. In fact, I hated them most of the time.

I hated the shallowness of Jay Nazarro(main character), I mean honestly, how much did he really have to go on as motivation for Nichole other than the fact that he found Nichole "soo beautiful" just as every other guy in his school had? Even after the incident, Jay just couldn't get enough even while knowing next to noth...more
Jessica
I don't think it's possible to describe this story in a few simple words. I don't think it's a book that people can simply dismiss. To admit that the author (and his past novels) is what attracted me to this book would be an outright lie, I picked this up because of its title and I chose to read it because it had a theme that triggered interest. Acid attack.
There aren't many romance-ish books that I get into, where romance is actually the main focus, but this book was easy to pick up and pretty...more
Alice Belikov  First lady Ivashkov
It did not take long for me to read this book, that is how much I enjoyed this! Awesome love story about a popular girl and a not so popular boy that fall in love. This story was moving and brilliant that I could not put it down.


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Nicole Castro is the popular girl in school, tall, beautiful blonde that is captain of pretty much everything in school. Nicole's life is great, she is graduating soon and nothing was going to get in her way, Or so she thought. Until one day Nicole...more
Susan P
Ever since he had a seizure in front of the entire student body his freshman year, Jay Nazarro has pretty much kept to himself. Too embarrassed to come back to school after the incident, Jay convinced the school and his dad to let him homeschool for the rest of his freshman year, and sophomore year as well. But now at the beginning of his junior year the adults have decided that he needs to get back in the mix and start doing the college prep thing. Unfortunately a lot of people still remember t...more
Nikki (Fiction Freak)
The one thing that jumped out at me almost immediately was the writing. It was beautiful, lyrical, just stunning writing. But the thing about the writing is that while it had that poetic feel to it, it didn’t have much dialogue in the first half of the story and that honestly bored me. Without dialogue, the story just loses its interest and tension. I ended up reading 10 or so pages per day instead of the 150+ I usually read. When the action did start to pick up, I found it harder and harder to...more
♥ Sarah
Dec 22, 2012 ♥ Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ♥ Sarah by: Rachmi Febrianty
Burning Blue materialized into an intoxicating blend of romance, mystery, thriller, and the not-so-typical throes of "high school" drama. I soaked it all in and more; but what really gripped me was the powerful and impressive message behind the story. And that's why I really appreciated and enjoyed the narration from the male (Jay's) POV.

I never really bought into the whole beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, don't judge a book by its' cover, age old, clichéd proverbs when I was in high schoo...more
Kaity
The beginning of Burning Blue was a little rough for me. I really liked Jay as a narrator – he was interesting and I loved his voice - but the way he told the first events as if he were there was distracting. He starts off by saying "From what I heard..." then goes on to say students were drenching Nicole in water after the incident, what the exact words she said were etc. I'm glad we got a clear picture of that huge moment considering acid being thrown in Nicole's face is the jumpstart to Burni...more
Ippy
Random Thoughts:

I enjoyed the small section explaining why acid is corrosive to the skin. However, being a keen 'scientist' (ahem, ahem, cough, cough) as myself, I do not agree with the explanation the author has provided. In fact his explanation was pathetic, and kind of misleading. Nonetheless, I am not going to rate it based on the author's lack of scientific knowledge. However, he should be more careful next time.

I did not appreciate the ending. Indeed it was not expected but I was like 'WH...more
Iris
This was my first read from Paul Griffin and was not disappointed at all. I rarely read a book from a male's point of view alone but that didn't stopped me from reading this book. Aside from that, the cover is really pretty which made me picked this book in the first place and the title is catchy too.

Well, this book was definitely awesome! I got hooked since the very first chapter. The plot was definitely interesting and the mystery of who the real culprit is just made me anxious as I was readin...more
Heather
Well, this book throws out a few surprises along the way, but the writing weakened the strength of the suspense. Much of the dialogue had no narration whatsoever, so the dialogue felt heavy at times. I almost felt as though the author wrote it on the fly, and he haphazardly chose characters and situations who fit the plot along the way.

I liked the basic structure of rich-girl-gets-disfigured-by-acid-Who-dunnit? BUT- I wasn't feeling the connection between the boy and the girl. Their friendship/...more
Trisha
"What day is it? What night? I'm burning, burning, burning blue."

ooh a very good story. I liked the writing style - it was bouncy and a little disjointed. But it needed to be - as Jay attempts to piece together Nicole's attack and who done it...

And the conversations were short and witty and it let you draw the picture yourself without force-feeding you every last detail.

I like that this story was dark and personal - definitely a look at people and how we all have our secrets. You may think you k...more
Claudia Louise
This book wasn't what I expected it to be but nonetheless it was great. In the sense that I enjoyed the mystery aspect of it and the truth and emotion that came from Nicole. I also liked the lay out of the text. It was in Jay's prospective but in a way that he was actually telling you the story not it playing out before you. I liked the twist at the end (who actually burned Nicole). The relationship (Jay & Nicole) felt a bit off but then again it seemed pretty real. Overall, good quick read....more
Lisa Rathbun
This is not my review. I just had to jot down this part before I left the library:

Occasionally a sentence appears which throws me off: "But now there was a box of blank wall where the painting hocked for my bail money had been, I couldn't remember which." In context, he doesn't remember which painting was the one that got hocked, but that's not a well-written sentence.

A couple things that came across super "YA-ish":

1. The identity of the Recluse could almost be seen to cater to teens [spoiler...more
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Paul Griffin lives, writes, and trains dogs in New York City. His previous novel, The Orange Houses, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults Top Ten, an International Reading Association 2010 Notable Book for a Global Society, a Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Book of 2009, and an Amelia Bloomer Project Award winner.
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