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3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  1,400 Ratings  ·  261 Reviews
Being Astrid Krieger is absolutely all it's cracked up to be.

She lives in a rocket ship in the backyard of her parents' estate.

She was kicked out of the elite Bristol Academy and she's intent on her own special kind of revenge to whomever betrayed her.

She only loves her grandfather, an incredibly rich politician who makes his money building nuclear warheads.

It's all good u
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 16th 2013 by Razorbill
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May 20, 2013 Aeicha rated it it was ok
I'm gonna give this between 1.5 and 2 stars.

I had such high hopes for David Iserson's Firecracker. I mean, when you hear that a writer from New Girl writes a YA Contemporary, you expect a smart, laugh-a-minute-read...well, what I got was a frustrating, disappointing, only sometimes funny, read.

Astrid Krieger loves her life. And why shouldn't she? Her family has, richer than God kind of money...and she has great self-confidence. In fact, Astrid thinks she's pretty darn fantastic. A s
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Jun 02, 2015 Claire (Book Blog Bird) rated it it was amazing
Firecracker is the story of Astrid Krieger, a seventeen year old girl who lives in a disused rocket ship on her parents' estate because she has just been expelled from her posho boarding school for breaking into the dean's office and stealing test papers. To teach her a lesson, her family decide to send her to the local public high school, where she meets Noah, a socially-awkward boy with a great line in seventies shirts, and Lucy, a hair-chewing loser. As Astrid finds her feet in her new school ...more
Jul 23, 2013 Briana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2013
Can't remember the last time a book has made me laugh as hard and painfully as this one did.

ETA review:

Astrid Krieger is a trouble maker. And a hilarious one at that.

She's both admired and a little feared as a notorious one-woman show that loves to break the rules. Until she gets caught and thrown out of yet, another private school.

Her uber rich family then decides it would be a wise decision to give Astrid a taste of what it means to be without the privileges and independence their money give
Jan 24, 2015 Nik rated it really liked it
Hilarious, relatable and wacky. Just the way I like my YA books to be!
Jun 05, 2013 juliaaargh rated it did not like it
Shelves: abgebrochen, 2013
one of the worst books I've ever read.
To me it seems that Astrid is quirky only for the sake of being quirky. because it's the thing to write about in YA books.
I kept waiting for something good, relatable, ... I don't know... some moment, where she grows as a person. At least a glimpse of something redeeming or slightely interesting.
But no. I couldn't continue.
Even her parents, her sister and friends are the stereotypes you would expect. Only her grandfather was of slight interest to me, if only
Anna Taylor
May 12, 2013 Anna Taylor rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

When reading this book, one can tell it is written by someone familiar with comedy. Astrid has a quick, witty narration and the reader is truly never bored.

However, this book lacked some down-and-dirty emotion that is yearned for in most YA lit.

I would recommend this book to a teen who wants a "fun read" or a "kick-ass girl protagonist". I will specify teen with someone who can deal with swearing though because there is a good amount of it in here.

Kazhy (My Library in the Making)
Actual rating: 4.5

(This review was originally posted at My Library in the Making.)

When I think of how to start this review, the only thing that comes to mind is 'Did I really think of skipping this book?', because yes, I did. The blurb/description/whatever-it's-called doesn't hint at even one percent of this book's awesomeness. It's only May, but I think I've read one of my top five faves this year.

Let me just say this now: the best thing about Firecracker was Astrid Krieger herself. She was obv
Stefani Sloma
Jan 12, 2015 Stefani Sloma rated it really liked it
You can read this review and more on my blog, Caught Read Handed.

My friend Annette aka Booknerderie sent me Firecracker for Christmas because, and I quote, “It’s hilarious and dry and sarcastic and the mc is an asshole and you would love it.”Firecracker She was right.

“Astrid Krieger is such a bitch.” I love it. This book is hilarious, you guys. Ridiculously amusing. As is Astrid. She’s such an asshole and I completely love her. She’s unapologetic in her dickishness. She doesn’t care what you thi
Jul 16, 2013 Daisy rated it liked it
Recommended to Daisy by: I have no idea
Shelves: children-youth
The plot is flawed, weak, unclear at times, and the characters are flimsy. This is not a great book but some of the lines are chuckle-worthy. It's a fast read, so I finished it.

"You're a real firecracker, Astrid, aren't you? 'Firecracker' is what people in certain social circles say when what they really mean is 'asshole.'"

"Forgiveness," he said, "is for those too weak to hold a grudge."

I'm positive that I promised my parents when I was thirteen that I would never curse again. Can you believe t
This review originally posted at:

One of my favourite reading experiences is buying and reading a book that you know absolutely nothing about. With the internet providing us with so many ways to learn about books (blogs, Goodreads, Instagram), there are not many occasions where I find myself entering a bookshop and not buying a book I had already been planning on buying. One day I was in a bookshop, and I saw this beautiful cover staring at me. And I knew
Oct 18, 2016 Paola rated it really liked it
Fue mejor de lo que crei.
Nov 18, 2015 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

I bought this book with my friend, Naths. Yearly, as tradition, one of my friends and I will buy the exact same book and read it together.

This year, we chose Firecracker by David Iserson .

Boy, what a rollercoaster ride.

To begin with, I’m pretty neutral about this book. I wouldn’t say that it’s a bad book because it’s not – not by any stretch of the imagination. There were moments when it shined, moments when I couldn’t even put the book down. There were times that the
Jun 07, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it
This is the first time I heard of a book described as 'tragi-comedy', often I heard that term used to describe movies, Filipino movies to be specific, because here in the Philippines, it's not proper movie advertising unless you mention that the movie has more than one genre, no matter how stupid that sounds.

Anyway, I digress. Firecracker is a classic proud-haughty-princess-needs-to-learn-her-lesson-so-lets-send-her-to-a-public-domain story. Only here, the main character isn't a princess with a
Sep 21, 2013 Annie rated it it was amazing
**Review from**

I'm not sure what I was expecting from David Iserson's Firecracker. Whatever it was, I was probably expecting it to be funny- he is after all a writer for SNL and New Girl. I should also probably add that New Girl is one of my favorite shows (mostly because it leaves me laughing and squealing with feels and my roommates probably think I have problems). So I guess my expectations were high. Thank goodness they were also fulfilled.

Astrid Krieger
Astrid Krieger is not a good person.

Growing up with a devious grandfather with unethical world views as a mentor, Astrid learned the ways of pranks, grudges, revenge and more importantly, sarcasm.

This seventeen year old thinks not only highly of herself, but also highly of what she does, which includes mean jokes and following the ways of her unforgiving grandfather. She lived her life in the prestigious Bristol academy, cheating on tests and scaring people into respecting her...well, up until
Ophelia T.
Oct 28, 2014 Ophelia T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Astrid Krieger is a do- what- they want kind if person with a very rich family and nobody stopping her from doingb just that, whether it's selling of a police departments name, to trying to steal artwork from the louvre. But when on of her accomplisess in cheating betrays her and gives all the evidence to the dean, Dean Rein she is gone from her pritvate academy and placed into the public school system by choice of her family setting their foot down. This could just be about worse than jail, ( ...more
Dani Coates
Dec 22, 2014 Dani Coates rated it it was ok
Firecracker by David Iserson was a book I found difficult to get through. Although I did not think the book was bad, I really didn’t find it to be very good either. The reason I chose to read it is because a review said it would be similar to John Green’s Looking for Alaska, my favorite book. That review was not even close. The only major similarity is that the main character is a sarcastic girl, but that is where the parallels end. Astrid Krieger (Firecracker’s main character) is a spoiled rich ...more
Aug 19, 2014 Kellinova rated it it was ok
Spoiled rich girl gets kicked out of private school and must endure public school with peasants (gross!). Sounds like the perfect set up for amazing character development right?! In the end she'll see how horrible and stuck up she's been and come out stronger in the end. Right?!


Apart from the actual realization of how mean and manipulative she is, Astrid has absolutely zero character development. (SPOILER?: she ends up seeking her revenge in the end but in order to do so she continues to r
Helen Stower
Jun 22, 2015 Helen Stower rated it really liked it
This book promised to be funny and it certainly delivered. A funny book that makes you laugh-out-loud is rare so finding one has been a great surprise. The main character in this novel is Astrid Kreiger, and if you love a girl who breaks the rules, then this is the book for you. Astrid does what she wants and doesn’t care what anybody thinks of her.

We first meet Astrid when she is returning home after being expelled from her exclusive boarding school. Astrid has no morals whatsoever and she is n
Apr 13, 2013 Brianne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ng-ew
Firecracker is the funniest book I have read in a very long time!! I listened to it via kindle text-to-speech while I was at work and I literally sprayed water over my monitor/keyboard at least twice. David Iserson really knows how to write good characters, they were all so perfect. He happens to be a writer for the FOX tv show New Girl, Ive never seen it or cared to watch it before but I will definitely be checking it out now. I absolutely did not want Firecracker to end and hope there will be ...more
Apr 01, 2013 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Astrid Krieger is my new hero: she's got gumption to spare and is well-versed in the art of war (thanks to her strangely likeable, nuclear-arms-building grandfather). She's cross and she's witty and she's absolutely FURIOUS that her parents are sending her to public school, which, as everybody knows, smells of urine. She doesn't need to fit in, but she does need to make friends - Sun Tzu never prepared her for this! Teens and adults will love this smart, quirky comedy!
Apr 28, 2013 Bill rated it it was amazing
Meet Astrid, one of the most outlandish teens you’ll ever meet; Astrid,
who will say anything and do anything to others as long as they fear her; Astrid, super rich and from a powerful family, who begins to learn what we all wish we were able to do: To treat others as we would like them to treat us.

This may be the most entertaining and imaginative book you will read this year – relish it and look forward to reading it again – it’s that terrific!
Jun 10, 2013 Sara rated it liked it
This was very silly. Snarky, over-the-top, so rich she doesn't care narrator actually cares kind of a lot. And is a total fish out of water in her public school. She thinks she's in charge, but her strings are being pulled the whole time. Fun read.
Jan 14, 2015 Dahlia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Irreverent, hilarious MCs are my crack. This wasn't much on plot, and the pacing wasn't always ideal, especially at the end, but man did I love that voice from start to finish. So many snort-out-loud lines.
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Apr 30, 2013 Gabrielle ( rated it really liked it
Entertaining character study on a witty mean girl trying to do good. Full review at
Feb 17, 2015 Christina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Defiantly one of my favorite books. This story was so funny and entertaining
Nov 29, 2016 (a)lyss(a) rated it liked it
"Don't smoke because it makes it a lot harder to beat someone up."

I may just not be the demographic for this book.

Overall I felt it was okay, but not great. Astrid is a fairly typical teenager other than how rich she is. She's self-involved and angst-ridden. Though we see some of her family's dysfunction, we don't see as much as Astrid hints at throughout the book. Astrid's relationship with her grandfather is one of the strongest points of the book and even then it gets lost in Astrid's scheme
Dec 02, 2016 Angie rated it it was amazing
I'm buying this book
Nov 12, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
Even though this book took forever for me to finish, I really liked it.
I thought that Astrid's personality was refreshing; the fact that she didn't want people to like her for the sake of liking her was nice. I don't even know how to explain why I liked her character. There was something about her thoughts and narration that hooked me.

Some notes:
The book is written in first person.
Astrid is viewed as a badass, but is really more weird than anything else.
This cover is amazing. I love the minima
Victoria Villalobos
Oct 16, 2016 Victoria Villalobos rated it really liked it
In my opinion, Firecracker by: David Iverson was a great book! I couldn't put it down. Astrid's sassy personality definitely made her life a bit hard for her, but the way the story showed her evolving into a new, strong, smart, and considerate person was truly captivating. The characters were all very interesting and all taught Astrid something about herself. This book not only made you think, but also taught great, useful lessons about people. I would definitely recommend this book.
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David Iserson works as a film and television writer, most recently for Mad Men. He has also written for New Girl, Saturday Night Live, NBC's Up All Night, and Showtime's United States of Tara and has several screenplays in development. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and her terrifying collection of taxidermy. Firecracker is his first novel.
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