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Burning Blue

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  2,449 Ratings  ·  458 Reviews
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 a
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 25th 2012 by Dial (first published October 1st 2012)
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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
Dec 01, 2012 Keertana rated it really liked it
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
Sep 23, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it
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
Dec 06, 2012 Isamlq rated it really liked it
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
Jan 11, 2013 Henrietta rated it really liked it
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
Kira Simion
Aug 13, 2016 Kira Simion rated it really liked it
Beauty. Love? Friendship? Revenge.

•Nicole is beautiful, if you value beauty in looks. As a person, she seems to be a decent book human being so that's a larger plus.

•Nicole has just been splashed with acid and the culprit has not been seen or found. (I was a teeny bit iffy with that because of a reason.)

•One thing I would have liked to see more of is Nicole's trama and her reaction to it. She seems sad and all but, I honestly didn't feel her anger, her feeling the gravity of the incident, her h
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
Jenny Levine
Oct 28, 2012 Jenny Levine rated it it was amazing
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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!
Oct 25, 2012 Liviania rated it it was amazing
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
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
Nenia *Readasaurus Reviews* Campbell

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What horrors lurk in the hearts of teens?

Edgy teen suspense novels usually have me feeling pretty skeptical. There's a lot of suspension of disbelief required and at least once (but often more than once, often closer to 10+ times) I shake my head and think, "Shouldn't you leave that to the cops?" Nothing is more frustration than watching a teen obstruct justice and then be patted on the head at the end for their "good deeds."

Nov 01, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing
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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 un
Dec 18, 2012 Lyndee rated it it was ok
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
Nov 11, 2012 Rabiah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, arc
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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
Kassy Nicholson
This was a book club pick, not picked by me, and I wouldn't have read it otherwise. That being said, it ended up being pretty good. It's about a high school beauty queen who is burned in an acid attack and a boy who is obsessed with finding out who did it. The mystery was good and had me guessing until the very end. But the whole story was just too sad. It's not the type of thing I like to read.
Jul 26, 2014 Tanya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was amazing. It tells the story from both sides, and Griffin captures the emotions of the characters well. The mystery adds the perfect, suspenseful note.
♥ Sarah
Sep 30, 2014 ♥ Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Nov 13, 2014 Alexa rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
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
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
Feb 02, 2013 Kaity rated it it was amazing
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
Nikki (Fiction Freak)
Oct 06, 2012 Nikki (Fiction Freak) rated it really liked it
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
Mar 28, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
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
MeMe Belikova 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
Chloe Holmes
May 10, 2014 Chloe Holmes rated it liked it
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
Dec 17, 2012 Tasha rated it really liked it
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
Aug 16, 2012 Brooke rated it really liked it
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
Jul 25, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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
Grace Wiley
Nov 23, 2014 Grace Wiley rated it really liked it
Originally, this book was not very appealing to me. I honestly began reading it only because the library was out of other gateway novels and I knew I needed to read one. Nevertheless, I began reading and found I couldn't put it down. The book was not about what I originally thought (bullying in high school). Rather, it was about a girl Nicole, who had it all, and she was a kind person. Yet, someone at school hated her so much that they burned her with muriatic acid, so she was no longer beautifu ...more
I didn't think I would like this as much as I did but I found myself immersed in the pages and couldn't finish it fast enough. I guess I just went into it feeling like I "knew all the answers" about who done it and so forth but boy I was smacked in the face royally when the actual culprit is revealed! I totally did not see that one coming!

I figured it would be another "geek boy in love with high school princess" story but it was so much more. In fact it hardly had much romancy stuff in it. It wa
Susan  Person
Aug 07, 2012 Susan Person rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction, committee
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
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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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