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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  621 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Sparks fly in this romantic young-adult mystery.

Cheerleader Rose Whitfield's senior year goes up in smoke when she's framed for arson. Sure that the culprit is her neighbor Paxton, with whom she's been feuding since middle school, she sets out to clear her name and take Paxton down hard--not necessarily in that order.
Paperback, 370 pages
Published September 8th 2012 (first published September 6th 2012)
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2013 - Long story short: I loved it!

✓ I loved the awesome main characters for their sense of humour, and their funny pranks and because it was so cute to see how they found their way to each other after so many years.

✓ I loved how Rose kept her head held high and even though she had to admit to something that she didn’t do, and she still tried to find the truth that she hoped would set her free.

✓ I loved how friendships can die and can be reborn, but malice is not forgiven, nor is mistrust.
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Oh,wow. This book came as a huge surprise! I had no idea it would be so good. Last week, I was looking for books bellow 300 pages I could read, just so I can catch up with my GR reading challenge so I choose Torched because it seemed like a cute book about working with your enemy who would turn out to be a really great guy.

Aww... I love Rose as the main character because she is basically what every main character should be like. She is dealing well with the fact everyone hates her for the fire
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rose is poised to have a spectacular senior year. She is competing for valedictorian, she is head cheerleader and she is in the running for homecoming queen. Not to mention, she has a wonderful boyfriend who she is definitely in love with, and a got your back best friend. Everything is fantastic.....until the fire. After spending a Friday night home alone, Rose is awakened by the pounding knock of the police at her front door. She is being arrested for arson. Relieved that her parents are safe, ...more
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA fans
Recommended to Jillyn by: Heidi
Shelves: blog, autographed
Rose Whitfield is the girl we all knew in high school. A cheerleader, at the top of the food chain with smoking good looks and the hot designer labels to match. You either wanted her, wanted to be her, or loved to hate her. And oh, how people hate her. This comes to light once Rose finds herself in a jail cell framed for arson. She didn't do it, but the social hierarchy doesn't believe her. She uses this doubt as motivation to get her arch nemesis Paxton Callaway to confess to doing it. Help com ...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-request
I was asked by the author to read and review this book. Boy, am I glad she sent me a copy! I wholeheartedly give this book a full five stars, no question.

Torched by Andrea Lynn Colt is a YA contemporary novel that I stayed up all night reading (in PDF on the computer no less, which I've NEVER done) because it was so riveting. The book stars Rose, a mean girl in her prime, head cheerleader extraordinaire, who seems to have the perfect life-- the perfect best friend, the perfect boyfriend, the per
Jun 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was laughably bad, poorly written with every single element cranked up to 11. Our lovely protagonist, Rose Whitfield, tells the reader on the second page that she's not that cheerleader. Turns out that Rose actually is that Mean Girl, right from the nickname ("the Roses") to her utter disregard for everyone and everything around her, so much so that someone (view spoiler) frames her for arson. Over the course of the book, Rose slowly rea ...more
Andreea Pop
I've had my sight on Torched for quite some time now and I finally got to read it this summer! Oh, and I'm so glad I read it! From the adorable cover, to the lesson it gives to its readers, Torched was a great book!

As you can see from the synopsis, Rose Whitfield's live crumbles down after she's framed for burning her boyfriend's boat. Her best friend, the most popular girl in the school, doesn't believe she's unquilty and humiliates her in front of the whole school. Her boyfriend doesn't speak
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: bought-kindle
At first, I thought this was going to be a little too "made for afterschool tv." Alina was so over the top mean and everyone at school. Add in Rose being a little too mean girl and a little too oblivious to what was about to happen, and I was ready to roll my eyes and just push through the book.

But in the midst of her rebuilding her friends and alliances, talking with Paxton and trying to figure out who framed her, I got pretty wrapped up in the story. And although I guessed half of the mystery
Sherwood Smith
Read this on the train coming home yesterday. From the beginning, Rose's voice is assured as she talks about the cliches of cheerleaders. She's proud of being smart, has her eye on Harvard after senior year. She's got the perfect boyfriend (a relationship solid as oak ) and the perfect best friend, who has been an alpha girl since middle school. She even has the perfect feud, with her ex-best friend, her next door neighbor, a boy named Paxton: the pranks they pull on each other have understood r ...more
Aparajita Mukherjee
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
A nice, light-hearted read.
Rose is a strong character, stubborn, one who never gives up. Inspiring even. The accusation against her and her effort to clear her name is a blessing in disguise. It forces her to take a closer look at her life, her friends, her parents, and finally herself.
Alina and Ryan ought to learn a thing or two about friendship. Their behavior is abominable, especially Alina's. I was right there with Rose when the two of her most important people refused to believe her and th
Lindsay Smith
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-ya, 2012
Andrea Lynn Colt's TORCHED is a hilarious, smoldering mystery with vivid, three-dimensional characters and an utterly drool-tacular love interest. Colt nails an authentic, witty teenage voice in Rose, who I want to be best friends with, like, yesterday. And the mystery itself keeps you guessing the whole time.

TORCHED is what would happen if Courtney Summers and Stephanie Perkins had sexy arson babies. I can't wait to read Colt's next!
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: high-school
AWESOME, UNPUTDOWNABLE, ENTERTAINING! Strongly written characters and exciting plot, great dialogues and romance, easy to read style of writing - I loved everything about this book. Don't miss it - reading it is a pure pleasure!!! ...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I'll be the first to admit that I usually ignore unsolicited author requests for reviews.  Oh, sure, I read the summary and check out the cover, but usually I slip it into my "author requests" folder and forget about it.  But every once in awhile, I get one that makes me take a second glance...and a third...and a fourth, until finally I relent and respond to the author.  The request I received for Torched falls in that latter category.  Please understand that I have no qualms with reading indies ...more

RATING: 4 Hearts

Every once in a while, we all need those light, relaxing books that are oh so good yet don’t overwhelm with heavy issues. Andrea Lynn Colt’s debut novel Torched is exactly that kind of book, but what makes this contemporary stand out from the rest; the mystery aspect. Colt does a brilliant job combining suspense, romance and humour to create this fun and entertaining read. Aside from a minor reservation, the teenage angst to the creative plot to the strong characters, there isn’t
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is another mean girl falls from grace book I just had to read. There was just something about how little I knew about this book that intrigued me, so I decided why not and picked it up on a whim. And let me tell you, Rose Whitfield is fucking awesome.

I just finished reading Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams and Rose reminds me a lot of Ruth. Both are strong, fierce, and, for lack of a better term, ruthless. But, where as Ruth was cold and calculating, Rose was a lot more energetic and fun.

Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorite
I love love love this book - I don't even know where to begin!

I just finished reading Torched like, five minutes ago and I'm still a little bit hungover (if there is such a thing in books, and well I believe there is) from reading it.
I enjoyed Torched too much that I'm afraid I'll just continue on babbling about how much I love it and what I love about it if I don't keep myself in check. Okay, deep breaths.

I was bored, I sat down and decided to read my newly conquered book.. and who would have t
Framed for arson and abandoned by both her best friend and her boyfriend, Rose sets out to discover who among her high school classmates hates her enough to want to destroy her. It turns out the list is a long one. She may be a popular head cheerleader and valedictorian-hopeful, but Rose has hurt a lot of people, with her history with prank wars and with her rise to success. Torched has her confronting both suspects and her own idea of herself and her past.

I loved Rose's voice as well as the qui
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Yeah I didn't really liked the book.

First of all, the main character, Rose. She described herself as cheerleader but not the shallow-silly one. After reading the book,I realized that she was wrong. Except for the way her parents treat her, I really couldn't feel sorry for her. She wasn't a likeable character. She wasn't funny, or clever. Or but she could cook, it was mentioned like 8298 times in the book.
Some of her choices were stupid. She though someone framed her and she had an idea who it wa
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I EFFING LOVED IT!!! The character growth was EPIC and every time i thought i knew what had happened or was going to happen, Colt kept me turning corner after corner right up until the end!

Rose was a spoiled princess to me in the beginning and i was glad to see her change positively. The only thing that bugged me about her was her inability to keep her mouth SHUT about some pretty big stuff which i thought was really stupid of her considering her circumstances. She ended up blossoming into a cha
Airah ♔
Rose Whitfield, the heroine, is everything a senior girl could ever hope to be -- a smart captain cheerleader who dates a tall, lean and deliciously broody soccer guy, and BFF's with the popular girl who literally owns the school. How cliche can you get?

That is, until the arson stuff happened.

This book is really good! This is like YA version of a chick lit mystery. Not my usual type of book, but it kept me entertained. I'm that easy to please.

I loved guessing about the identity of the real arson
“I’d thought the key to life was being perfect--perfect car, perfect boyfriend, perfect hair and clothes and grades. Then I’d lost most of that list, and you know what? I was still me. Maybe I wasn’t perfect, but perfect wasn’t everything.”

Holy fluffin' fudge. (borrowed from the vocabulary of Ms. Hartley Featherstone)

I love, love, looooooove this book. It's like one of the most amazing book that I've read so far. The protagonist. The characters. The plot. They were all amazing and asdfghjkl;]. U
Suzana Thompson
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was so good! I love enemies to lovers books, and this one was so well done! The romance happened naturally within the context of the story, and it really felt inevitable. Unlike in most love/hate books, Paxton wasn't a misogynistic jerk. He was a great boyfriend right from the start, and sexy too! I like how this author avoided all the usual cliches about football players and cheerleaders and showed them as real people. They are also real teenagers, and not jaded beyond their years lik ...more

4 stars!

Wow! That was unpredictable - the culprit.

I'd like to start this by expressing how much I L-O-V-E the cover of Torched! Definitely true to its title, really eye-catching and I just love the simplicity of it. I am getting a little bit tired of seeing couples on the front cover of most books that somehow my curiosity already dampens from the beginning; Torched is simply a breath of fresh air!

Here’s the Blurb:

Cheerleader Rose Whitfield's senior year goes up in smoke when she's framed f
Mrs. Bookworm
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This is one of the few books where I ended up saying "wow, I did not see that coming."

Even if some scenes are cliche, this is still a fun read, add a dash of mystery and you have the perfect summer book.
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book deserves so much more attention that it has got so far. Seriously, this is one of the best contemporaries I've read this year. Ever, even. It was so, so good!

Rose is a character that hooked me right away. She's super popular, a cheerleader and she had a fantastic voice. She seemed nice and a like a good friend. She's also smart and gets fantastic grades. My first impression of her is that she has a lot of confidence but she's not a mean girl. And Rose definitely doesn't think she's me
Autumn Review
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
What a fun read! Seriously. I had fun reading this book. It has a little bit of romance, a little bit of mystery, and really sends a good message.

Rose was a bit snobby. She had a pretty good life; she's popular, and has a great boyfriend. One night, everything changes. She gets arrested for arson, but she's being framed. To top it off, it appears that her loving boyfriend has cheated on her. Could her life get worse? Yes. It could. Her best friend turns her back on her and her parents are less
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I bought Torched expecting a fun and light contemporary, but what I found was much more than that. Rose is popular, witty and smart. Although flawed, I couldn't help but smile at her quick comebacks and determination to look cute in a cheerleader uniform and make all A's. Although Rose lives in an affluent area, her family is far from perfect and that interaction with her parents is the first indication that perhaps things aren't entirely as happy they seem. After the fire, the tenuous bond that ...more
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle

When I first started reading this, I was hesitant. The first few chapters leading up to everything were kind of lull for me. I only say that because no matter how much I want to say I’m not bias, I am. I’ve gotten out of the whole High school phase reading. Occasionally, I don’t mind - which was this case. I thought this book was going to be one of those easy light reads about a girl in high school who gets wronged. BOY was I wrong! Andrea Lynn Colt definitely spun me for a loop in this novel, a
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rose seems to have a perfect life. She has an awesome best friend, a super-hot boyfriend, she's the captain of her cheer squad, and she has her precious car, Cloudmonster. Rose also Paxton, but he's not in the "perfect" part of her life. He's her enemy, and they've been trading pranks back and forth since their friendship ended in 8th grade. But one night, Rose is accused of arson, and she has no idea how it happened to her. No one believes that she's being framed, and suddenly she's left with n ...more
Clare Davidson
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Rose works hard to keep her life perfect-she's a perfect friend, perfect girlfriend and perfect cheer captain. On top of this she regularly comes up with inventive pranks in her ongoing war with neighbour and ex-best friend, Paxton. Thinking she's universally liked by all (except Paxton), she's shocked to discover that someone hates her enough to frame her for arson. Literally overnight, Rose loses almost everything-her best friend, boyfriend and college chances. In order to win it all back, she ...more
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Andrea Colt grew up in Maryland, where she loved to read, ride horses, play soccer and squabble with her identical twin. She started writing novels as an extra-curricular passion in college, and after graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park (go Terps!), she moved to Alexandria, Virginia. A few years later, she published Torched, and has se ...more

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