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Every Inferno

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Depressed. Defiant. Possible alcoholic. These are just a few of the terms used to describe fifteen-year-old Jacob Jasper Jones. Lately, though, JJ has a new one to add to the list: detective. He’s been having strange dreams about the fire that killed his parents ten years ago, and he thinks he finally has the clue to catching the arsonist who destroyed his family.

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Paperback, 180 pages
Published July 24th 2014 by Harmony Ink Press (first published July 23rd 2014)
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4.5 stars

A fabulous coming-of-age young adult novel dealing with some heavy topics and a mysterious fire at a movie theater that killed JJ's parents 10 years ago, this book delivered on its promise.

When we first open the book, JJ is not in a good place. He's defiant, morose and finds his life difficult. Damaged on the inside, he's living with his aunt, who gave up her career to take care of him. He's not allowed to see his baby sister Penny, who after the death of their parents is living with hi
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
guess I'm now officially Johanna Parkhurst's fans... ...more
Again YA is not my preferred reading but thanks winning a free copy I decided to give this a try. I was not disappointed.

This is a pretty emotional ride. JJ will break your heart while he struggles to come to terms with what life has thrown at him. Watching him and McKinley slowly bond was sweet, watching the hiccups in their relationship was all to real.

I would say this was not so much a M/M romance so much as a mystery where the main characters happen to be gay. There is no big coming out or e
Riina Y.T.
This was a great, very interesting and touching coming of age young adult mystery story :)

Yup - #engaging, #wonderful writing, #endearing characters, #touching and a little tearjerking, #great mystery!

JJ is very lovable, and I thoroughly enjoyed his story, and all of his friends and family members :)

It only left me wanting for more when I reached the last page. I'v got this kind of empty feeling, perhaps not fully satisfied sensation, and the ending felt sort of rushed :(
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-bytes, m-m
When JJ was five he survived a fire at the local movie theatre that claimed the lives of both of his parents and dozens of other people. He was separated from his little sister and taken in by his Aunt Maggie who struggled to raise such a solemn, angry child. JJ has nightmares about the night of the fire but lately the nightmare has changed and he’s starting to wonder if it isn’t a memory rather than just a dream. Where before there were flames and pain now there’s a faceless man with a very dis ...more
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"The book I just read is about two (or three) lovely people, written in beautiful language, by a very good and prolific author. I liked it very, very much.
It is for sale on Amazon.”

DISCLAIMER: My reviews now all have this pretty face, so that all and everyone on Goodreads can stay happy and beatific. I’ll let you know if I change my mind. See the
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I haven't read anything by this author before but since I won this book I was going to read it. I was completely shocked when I couldn't put it down until I finished it. It's a short book, easy to read and not full of fluff. It is well written, full of twists and kept my attention the whole time. Its definitely worth a read.
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bmbr-reads
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Jamie Deacon
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’ve always been drawn to stories that tackle the darker aspects of life, and this one was no exception. ‘Every Inferno’ follows a teenage boy on his journey as he falls in love for the first time, navigates the minefield posed by family and school, and picks up the trail of a decade-old crime. Intent on untangling the truth behind his parents’ death, Jacob Jasper Jones ends up learning a great deal more about himself than he ever anticipated.

Fifteen-year-old JJ has a knack for attracting troubl
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I hadn't read anything by this author before and I haven't read a lot of YA lately, but I saw this had a lot of good reviews, so I wanted to try it. I was really glad I did. JJ, the protagonist of this story, is a 15 year old boy who has really been through hell. He's bitter, he's angry, he's surly, and he's not necessarily on a good path. But no one seems to be able to get through to him and he really has no use for most adults. It appears that he may have been let down by a number of them an t ...more
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Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This story has some triggers - alcoholism, death, suicide, mental health issues and arson.

JJ is such a wonderfully written character. Because Parkhurst wrote about JJ's past, you really come to understand his mindset - his struggles and his achievements.

Dr. Ben was someone who JJ needed and I loved how despite having a similar tragedy, Dr. Ben's perspective was mature and helped guide JJ rather than feed the fire within. I think this book would have seriously been lacking if Dr. Ben w
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
This was a well written story about 15-year-old JJ who lost his parents in a fire a decade before, in an unsolved arson case. Not only is it a great characterisation of a (rightfully so) angst-ridden teenage boy, but there are also a lot of other heavier concepts that are brought up -- for example, getting into criminal trouble, not caring much about grades or school, not wanting to talk about feelings of depression, and teenaged alcoholism. I thought the author dealt with all that really well w ...more
Mrs. Schonour
Another phenomenal book by Johanna Parkhurst! This novel was filled with twists and surprises, everything I expect from a mystery. I loved the characters and the realistic dialogue. It's clear Parkhurst knows teenagers well. I would love to spend more time with the characters. Perhaps a sequel from McKinley's point of view? Parkhurst tackles some difficult themes elegantly and sends a strong message. I highly recommend this book to teenagers and anyone who likes young adult lit. ...more
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Graded By: Brian
Cover Story: Ring of Fire
Drinking Buddy: I Think You've Had Enough
Testosterone Level: Uncoiling the Spring
Talky Talk: He Doth Protest Too Much
Bonus Factors: LGBT Who Cares?, Awesome Doctor
Bromance Status: That First Awkward Kiss

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Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In sum, that was as close to a perfect novel I can describe. I laughed, I cried, I was put in suspense and I was inspired by its creativity. The characterization and dialogue was pitch perfect. I've been enamoured with the author's style of writing since her first novel and I wasn't disappointed. It was a fun and lively read but most importantly, very authentic. It was ***flawless. ...more
Nina Rossing
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2014
This was a quick but truly entertaining read. The protagonist, JJ, is very endearing, and his problems/challenges are realistically portrayed. I liked how the solving of the mystery was tied in with other important plot points - it was seamless and well crafted.
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Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty awesome read.
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really impressively authentic POV voice.
Lisa The Novel Approach
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well, what can I say? If you’ve read Johanna Parkhurst’s other YA contribution, Here’s To You, Zeb Pike, then you’ll know that this is an outstanding author with a firm grip on the audience for which she write. Every Inferno, therefore, left me completely expecting its brilliance. I was not disappointed.

This book was a brief yet complete volume, tackling numerous sub-genres, all under the umbrella of the YA category heading. It was a coming-of-age tale with hints of mystery, hurt/comfort, self d
Eustacia Tan
Aug 12, 2014 rated it liked it
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I believe regular readers of this blog know that I love mysteries. So when I heard of this YA mystery, I jumped right in.

JJ is a troubled teen. After his parent's deaths due a fire in a movie theatre(only JJ survived - his sister was left at home at that time), life has just been going downhill for him. His sister got adopted by his mom's best friend and he's not allowed to see her, he has a drinking problem, he's not doing well in school - well, he's got a lot of trouble. But lately, he's been
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Book Review originally published here:

Every Inferno wasn’t like I expected it all. I expected a heavier focus on the romance, but instead the book focused primarily on the mystery. I didn’t mind though – the mystery was what I thought was most intriguing about the book either way.

Jacob Jasper Jones – or JJ – has an awesome name, but a less-awesome history. He’s only fifteen-years-old, but he’s already had quite a few struggles in life. His parents are dea
Joyfully Jay
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jason
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

Parkhurst skillfully created the world inhabited by JJ, a troubled 16-year-old boy, his family, and friends. Considering his past and present, JJ as a character felt real and human, and his attitude and behavior felt right, not exaggerated or contrived. In fact, all of the characters in Every Inferno had depth and uniqueness, apart from Darryl, who only had one setting: bitch. Everyone thinks Darryl is crazy; she is certainly intense in her hatred for JJ.

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May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A YA story that I feel would help YA people who are dealing with a number of issues see that there is hope and help.

I liked also that JJ and McKinley didn't really 'meet' (though as they are a the same school have obviously met) until part way throughh the story.
I enjoyed the mystery element of the story - finding out who set the fire. However I did not feel quite satisfied with the resolution - maybe because I still felt that the main suspect was still the more likely one!!
Jj and McKinley as a
re; jj (mc) is gay. mckinley (sc/li?) is gay.

I bought this book because the summary reminded me of one of my favorite characters, Derek Hale, and I'm so glad because loved it. I really don't know what else to say beside I loved it. I guess the only thing is that I thought how the mystery was solved was a bit disappointing. Other than that, really good book, 10/10 would recommend.
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought that the plot was structured well. I liked how there were multiple conflicts and sub-plots and they all intertwined and were resolved in the end. The characters were all well developed and relatable.

I'm looking forward to reading Johanna's other books.

Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, reviewed for Hearts On Fire ...more
Elisa Rolle
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5* Very real--I felt so much for JJ. recommend!
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book would be gloomy, depressing and dark. Turned out, that's not the case. Yes, JJ's life wasn't easy, but JJ lived his life in his own way. JJ's problems weren't solved in one night. He was growing step by step in every chapter. ...more
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Johanna Parkhurst grew up on a small dairy farm in northern Vermont before relocating to the rocky mountains of Colorado. Johanna taught middle and elementary school for fourteen years, and only once during that entire time did she ever have to rescue a sweatshirt from a ceiling fan. She strives to share stories of kids and young adults who are as determined, passionate, and complex as the ones sh ...more

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