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Nothing Left to Burn

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  194 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Dear Dad,

I promised Matt I’d do this—become a Junior Cadet. That I wouldn’t let you break me down. I know you hate me. Blame me for everything you lost. But that day I lost my brother and my dad. You could never be proud of me, could you? I was too “different.” So, just in case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m saying good-bye. Maybe someday you’ll miss me.


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Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
This book had a pretty insane amount of drama, one that didn't properly blend with the supposed huge mystery that the synopsis promised. And I say "supposed" huge mystery since it never really felt like an important part of the story for me. The romance overtook it for sure.

Now, the romantic in me says it's okay for the romance to take up most of the book, but only if it's executed well. Nothing Left to Burn failed in that department, if you ask me. Insta-kiss happened, and the general mood betw
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
Yes, please. Gimmee gimmee gimmee!


***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Nothing Left to Burn by Patty Blount
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

Reece’s father hasn’t spoken to him since the car wreck that killed Reece’s brother. Desperate for forgiveness, Reece joins the Junior Cadet program at his dad’s firehouse. But the program is grueling, and Reece isn’t sure he can make it through. Then he me
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
This review was originally posted on It Starts at Midnight
What do you even say about a book when half the stuff was pretty awesome and the other half made you want to throw your Kindle out the window? And I don't mean half the book as in "I liked the first half but the second half went to shit". I mean there were things that I absolutely adored, and things that filled me with an unquenchable rage (did you enjoy my dramatic flare there?).

The Good:

Huge focus on family and the importance of family
Lauren (My Expanding Bookshelf)
I received a copy of Nothing Left to Burn via Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review.

This book had me in tears. So many tears. Just the raw emotion contained within 368 pages is overwhelming!

Nothing Left to Burn is a rare type of book. It brings so many different characters from different backgrounds and meshes them together excellently. The setting ties in extremely well with both the characters and the plot. In fact, they practically go hand in hand. It makes absolute
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
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Right from the first page, you can tell that Nothing Left to Burn is going to be an emotionally raw and powerful story. It is told in dual narrative between Amanda and Reece. Nothing Left to Burn really got to me. I loved that the book starts out featuring the male protagonist, Reece. Reece really touched me. I felt for him so badly. If anyone needs a hug, it is Reece. Luckily, I was also able to tell right away
Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it
As a big fan of Blount's previous novel, Some Boys, I was really excited to learn about Nothing Left to Burn.  It sounded like the type of book that I would love so I was so excited to get started reading it and while I did enjoy the story, Unfortunately, I didn't LOVE it like I did Some Boys.

Reece or Logan (he seems to go by both in the book), is on a personal mission to get his father's attention.  His dad hasn't spoken to him since the accident that killed Logan's brother, Matt.  Everyone, in
Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
3.5 Stars

Nothing Left to Burn was not really my cup of tea. I had the wrong impression of this book before starting it and couldn’t really relate to it. The cover of this book is misleading and I found the characters unrelatable. That being said, this book is quite diverse and could be enjoyable for others who like learning about firefighters.

The cover of Nothing Left to Burn makes the book seem a little bit like Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley, where a girl joins the military and has to prov
Angela Auten
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Grade: B-

Reece's father hates him because he was driving the car that killed his perfect brother, though truth be told, his father never really liked him. In an effort to fulfill a promise to his dying brother, Reece signs up to be a junior cadet at the fire department where his father and volunteers. He meets the tough talking junior captain, Amanda, who also hates him for killing his brother. When a series of fires turn out to be arson might hit close to home, the fire team must band together
Chantelle Keena
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fiction book with a genre of a teenager finding his way. It involves death, hate, and love. It keeps you interested all the way through the book and there never being a real dull moment with all the drama going on. I recommend this book to young adults and teens as they might understand some of the feelings from the main character.
Max Baker
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest review

This is my second Patty Blount novel. I loved Some Boys by her and when I saw this book was available, you bet your ass I requested it. From what I gather, Blount is known for tackling hard issues head on in a very real way. In Nothing Left to Burn Blount takes on family and it is absolutely gut wrenching.

The book is told in two perspectives, Reece and Amanda, and how they deal with their own families while t
Amber Schrameyer
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves drama.
Recommended to Amber by: A teacher
Nothing Left to Burn is about a 16-year-old boy named Reece Logan who struggles with grief, self-blame, and worst of all, his father. John Logan, Reece’s father, never bonded with him, especially after Matt died due to an accident caused by Reece. On his deathbed, Matt forced Reece to promise him that he’d fix things with their dad. Of course that’d be difficult since Reece blames his father for Matt’s death while John blames Reece. To fulfill his promise, Reece decides to write a letter to gi ...more
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nothing Left To Burn is a very interesting book. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but far more challenging and thought provoking.

Firefighting was always the special thing that bonded Reece's father and brother. So when Reece's brother is killed in a car accident that was Reece's fault, the distance between Reece and his father widens even more. Determined to make his father pay attention to him once and for all, Reece joins the junior fire squad. But once there he comes to love the thrill
Istyria book blog ~ B's world of enchanted books

I love you so much, Patty Blount. You make me feel all the feels every time I pick up one of your books. While I did have a few... annoyances with this book, I still loved it to bits and you made me cry. I read it in one sitting and I'm ignoring my growling stomach so I can get these thoughts out of my head for you. So here goes...

Nothing Left to Burn is about Reece Logan. His father hasn't spoken to him since the car accident that killed Reece's b
Taylor N
Nothing Left to Burn was a fantastic read. I loved how Patty Blount switched point of views from Reece and Amanda. It was interesting reading from both of their perspectives, since they were so different. Reece was an interesting character, as was Amanda. Amanda was a tough girl. There are not many books out there about girls becoming a firefighter. I think it was great that Amanda had a goal and she went for it. Reece was a lost boy and had me wanting to tell him it was going
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley*

Ever since Reece's brother Matt was killed in a car accident with Reece behind the wheel, he has been attempting to write a letter to his father to fulfil Matt's dying wish - that Reece improves his relationship with him. Reece was always on the outside growing up, always wishing he could join in with Matt and their dad.
Reece signs up as a junior cadet at the fire station where his dad, who
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Nothing Left To Burn had me on the corner of me seat. This story has it all from loss to love to hatred to learning to move on in order to live.

Matt and Reece are brothers one year apart in age. They do everything together except for one thing. That one thing is that Matt and his father do fire fighting together. Then one night something tragic happens to the brothers that will tare this family apart.

Matt passes away at the age of 18 in a horrific accident and Reece is to blame. The family falls
The Grim Reaper
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Arc provided by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

2 stars.

How can I say that this book totally knocked me off my feet but still kept me at heels? How can I say that this book is one of those that dealt with relationships of the protagonists with their fathers with flares of brilliance and at the same time, reduced the potential of the book by making the romantic relationship of Reece and Amanda a bit... sudden and idealistic? I don't know. What I really liked about the book was how beli
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Dear Dad,
I promised Matt I’d do this—become a Junior Cadet. That I wouldn’t let you break me down. I know you hate me. Blame me for everything you lost. But that day I lost my brother and my dad. You could never be proud of me, could you? I was too “different.” So, just in case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m saying goodbye. Maybe someday, you’ll miss me.

Reece’s words make her ache. Amanda understand
Nicol Moore
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'Nothing Left to Burn' was a very interesting and emotional read. This was the most heart wrenching book I have read. Mrs. Patty Blount did an extraordinarily fantastic job on this piece. She managed to tie in romance, violence, anger, and extreme sadness all into this book. I can tell she poured her heart out into this. She gave so much detail to the main characters it was insane! Completely mind boggling.

Both Reece and Amanda have very strong personalities. When Reece's brother died he went in
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love it.
BJ Biley
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love this author. Good read and highly engaging for struggling readers.
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher via a NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. While this book had its faults, and you know I'm going to list them in detail soon, I really liked it once I got past the first few chapters. First, I really liked the brotherhood that these characters find in their junior fire squad. Being part of this group made a huge difference in the two main characters' lives, and I think readers will respond to their comraderie and teamwork. Second, this book gave reade ...more
Leigh Collazo

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WHAT I LIKED: I loved the firefighter theme of this book. It's something I haven't seen much in YA literature, and I know that firefighters really do have a brotherhood that goes beyond blood. The author clearly knows a lot about firefighter culture and the family bond that exists among them.

I also enjoyed the complex relationship between Reece and his father. Nothing is easy for these two, and their dialogue is incredibly realistic. I enjoyed seeing their relati
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Despite living in Matt's shadow, Reece absolutely adored him and he is deeply grieving his loss. He is also living with the horrible guilt that he is responsible for his brother's death and his troubled relationship with his father compounds these feelings. In the months since Matt's death, his relationship with his father has deteriorated to the point they barely speak. After a vague but troubling conversation with his best friend Alex, Reece decides to take his advice and tries to connect with ...more
Melissa (The Reader & The Chef)
More like 3.5 stars.

Nothing Left To Burn turned out to be an interesting read. I enjoyed that it made me ache for its characters (not that I enjoyed their pain, just you know, connected with them for a bit) and that it had an unusual playground that was entertaining to read about.

This book is told in dual POVs. First we have Reece Logan who is struggling to lead a normal life after his brother's death in a car accident he is supposedly at fault. Then, there's Amanda who only wishes to have a re
Carrie G
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
By far my favorite book of the three that I have read by Ms. Blount! Something about this book, the character of Reece, I think, just sucked me in from page 1. The pain that Reece carried over his brother's death, his part in it, the deathbed promise he made his brother, the nonexistent relationship with his father, his desire to be see and be good enough... all of it just wove together to make a character that I ached for and felt and intense need to stick by.

The plot line also fascinated me.
Reading Bifrost
“I’m going to make you see me. Make you hear me. Make you…acknowledge that everything I am is because of Matt and everything I’m not is because of you.”

Reece is gifted as in he can easily memorize anything he concentrates on. As a child he easily grew bored and threw tantrums – only his mother and brother consoling him. His father always kept a distance from Reece even when the younger son wanted to join his brother and father on their trips. He’s very determined, but also a very broken char
Hannah (fullybookedreviews)
Eh. This book contains many elements that I don’t like, but dammit, it was also just full of heart, and for that, I award it three stars.

Throughout the entire novel, emotions are running high, and things did get quite overdramatic/overexaggerated at times - so that when I finished the book, I felt physically exhausted. Of our two MCs, Reece is struggling at home after a car accident he caused that killed his brother, strained family relations even further and led to his father abandoning the fam
Suz Jay
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Great read that gave me "the feels."

Looking forward to Blount's upcoming release!
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Patty Blount grew up quiet and a bit invisible in Queens, NY, but found her voice in books. Today, she writes smart and strong characters willing to fight for what’s right. She’s the award-winning author of edgy, realistic, gut-wrenching contemporary and young adult romance. Still a bit introverted, she gets lost often, eats way too much chocolate, and tends to develop mad, passionate crushes on f ...more