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3.11  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Into the Wild meets The Serpent King in this story about Annie and Pete, two best friends on a dangerous and emotional trek through the woods.

Annie and Pete have been best friends since they were little. They know each other better than anyone, and they've been on more adventures than they can count--they even have a notebook filled with all th
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This book was.. strange. I definitely didn't hate it, but I feel like I went into it thinking it was going to be something different than it was. I thought this was going to have a lot more to do with the main character's unrequited feelings for her friend, but it ended up having way more to do with the survivalist elements and dealing with the loss of a loved one. With that being said, if you're into hard-hitting contemporaries that don't shy away from giving you all the feels, this is probably ...more
Sarah Swann
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
This one was rough starting out. It went into so many things from the past that these friends experienced that it was almost distracting. But when we got into the hiking and the woods with them in present time, I was much more interested. This deals with grief more than anything. And if you like hiking or camping books, you’ll enjoy this. I was expecting something more, so this one was a middle-of-the-road book.

*Thanks to the publisher for an early copy to read and review!
Jen Ryland
Wow. That was a powerful and intense read. Beautiful writing and themes of the brutality of nature and life. Not as much about fire (or romance/friendship) as I expected, and much more about life and death themes.

On that note, if death (human and animal death from from various unnatural causes, described in pretty explicit detail) is a sensitive issue for you, that is a large part of the story.

But to me, a really impressive book. Longer review on my blog on Jan 26.

Read more of my reviews on Jen
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight


Wildfire and I had a very tumultuous relationship. I fell in love, deeply and quickly. And when the love ended, it, like its name suggests, crashed and burned. My problems may not be a problem for you though, and there are things to love about this one, which leaves me incredibly conflicted. I'll do my best to sort it out.

The First Half

First and foremost, I am a sucker for a survival
Erika Sarutobi
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

After reading through this book, I can't help but feel like I've been lied to. I was expecting it to be fluff fluff but it turns out to be hard-hitting more than anything (at least to me since I rarely read that genre).

The book focuses a lot on the hiking adventure, the past and death rather than the romance. Though I enjoyed it, I wish it was actually focused on the romance.

Now I'm a fan of friends to lovers and that was my expectations, but the book decided to rip my heart to shreds!
Joanna Bennett
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

The cover was the first thing that made me want to read this book. As I read the synopsis I could see myself enjoying this one, especially since it is a unique setting. Here’s the thing, I wasn’t sure what to expect but with this book being on the short side it was hard to connect with the characters.

The book is under 300 pages. That’s not a lot of time for a well-developed plot and character development. The synopsis also men
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it
this book was way heavier than I was expecting. i thought it would be about unrequited love and it was but it also wasn't really. This book didn't capture me in the beginning but as time passed is lowly began to enjoy the book some more. This book mainly deals with grief and the loss of a loved one so if that is triggering I would advise proceeding with caution. I enjoyed this book but I have enjoyed other novels about grief mainly because of what i thought it was going to be vs. what it was. I ...more
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Feb 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
I finished this book several days ago, and have been struggling with how to rate it, because as a rule, I generally choose to not rate a book at all rather than give it only one star, but I found this story incredibly disturbing and problematic, so I'm going to break my own rule.

First of all, I assumed from the cover and the blurb this would be an adventurous story of survival, and love, and overall a positive, uplifting book. It is NOT. I mean there's adventure, and some survival, but this is
Andria Potter
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Hmm. Not sure how I feel about this one. Review to come!
Christine (Purplemanatees)
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Title: Wildfire
Author: Carrie Mac
Pages: 272
Genre: Slice of Life, Tragedy, Survival
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

This is an Advanced Readers Copy. That means that this is not the final version of the book. Therefore, facts and quotes are subject to change in the published book.

Release date: 01/20/2020

Do not be deceived as this is not just about a Wildfire. 

This is about Annie and Pete and their friendship that goes beyond that of any I've ever seen. After the recent passing of Gigi, Annie's grandmother
Rose (Adventurous Bookworm)
To be honest, this book was disappointing. I expected so much going into this book such as an interesting backstory with funny, relatable characters and an adventure. However, this was not to be.
The beginning of the story is very slow with Annie remembering everyone in her life who had passed away. This part did not add any character depth or understanding. I wasn't quite sure why it was there.
I couldn't connect with the characters at all and as a result, there was no emotional impact at any par
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arcs-read
Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced review copy!

CW: Family death. Suicide. Animal death. Gruesome death.

How do you write a review for a book that left you wiping hot tears at 2 in the morning?

In short, Wildfire is the story of Annie and her best friend Pete.

... It's never that simple.

First of all, despite the promise of Annie's unrequited love and hand holding in the synopsis, this isn't a romance novel. I picked it up thinking that that was what I was getting. It's not what I got, but it wa
⭐️⭐️ 2 disappointing stars
Thank you NetGally, Random House Children’s, Alfred A. Knopf Books for sending me an arc for an honest review. Release date Jan 28, 2020.
Let me start off by saying that hard hitting contemporary is not my go to genre. I can see why a lot of people would adore this story, but it was not for me.
This book had a lot going for it. It has an adventure/survival plot, complicated relationship between friends, unrequited love (which one YA, is unheard of), and raw - hard hitt
pia (pixiepia)
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I quite enjoyed this book but it was definitely different than what I expected. this is a survivalist story that is more of that than a hard-hitting contemporary although it is both. I didn't realize how much I cared for these characters and their stories until the end and I was CRYING. The central friendship was really strong and I loved how the book explored friendship and family being of equal importance. The only problem I had with this book is that I felt like everything was going wrong. It ...more
Andria Sedig
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really, really loved this book. It was moving, griping. I laughed, I cried. The survival aspects of this story were well done. The pacing was strong, I never felt frustrated by the flashbacks. Each one felt relevant to the action of the story in the presence. I also really felt like the character development within the book felt realistic. The story never felt like it was going to end with Annie being "over" Gigi's death, or that that was ever expected. It allowed for her to heal and grow and ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, reviewed, ya, fiction, nature
I'm going to keep this brief because I want to avoid spoilers, but: my favourite thing about this is how realistically, teenagedly certain of their own invincibility Annie and Pete are. They're capable and confident and perfectly comfortable cutting corners precisely because they are capable and confident; they've narrowly escaped disaster before and can't imagine that there will ever really be a situation they can't get themselves out of. Haven't we all felt that, or known people who acted that ...more
May 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
that’s a no from me
Emily Young
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
This book is intense. Much more intense than I expected. The first chapter drops you in the midst of Annie and Pete's hike before jumping back to the beginning, and I was completely hooked. I was desperate to know how they got to that point, and where they would possibly go from there.

I think its important to note that Wildfire is much more about friendship, survival, and grief than it is unrequited love. The synopsis gave the impression that this would be an intense romance of best friends rea
(Love, Stars and Books)
(I received an eARC from NetGalley for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Book review: Wildfire by Carrie Mac (2 stars)

Wildfire by Carrie Mac
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 2/5 stars


(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

I was drawn to the cover of this book, but unfortunately, did not enjoy this book. The story is told in non-linear form and we started in the middle which left me confused for a long time and off-kilter until I real
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
This review and more can be found at

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, and let me tell you, I am SO glad that I did! When they first reached out for me and told me the premise of the story, I was immediately on board, because you all know that I'm such a huge fan of YA contemporaries, especially ones involving some element of romance or pining, so this one was right up my alley. And let me tell you, it ended up being
Paige Green
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Wildfire

Author: Carrie Mac

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Diversity: Broken families and one Indian side character

Publication Date: January 28, 2020

Genre: YA Contemporary

Recommended Age: 16+ (gore, language, drugs, alcohol, death, grief, and sex mentions)

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pages: 272

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Synopsis: Into the Wild meets The Serpent King in this story about Annie and Pete
Brenna Clark
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to Netgalley for this ARC! I have a huge soft spot for the untamed bits of the world, and always have. I feel more at home in the woods than anywhere else, but despite this longing to be away from the city and the people in it, I don't really do much hiking or camping or anything of the like. I'd like to say it's because I don't have opportunities to, but mostly it is out of sheer laziness and lack of training than anything else. So, I love to immerse myself in stories like the ...more
Belle Ellrich
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I'm currently listening to Take It All Away by Red because I'm still feeling so many emotions after reading this book and can't properly deal with them.

Carrie Mac is a fantastic writer. Her writing style was what initially drew me into this story, and it didn't let up throughout any of the book. She has a way of making the emotions of the story so realistic and true that you can't help
Viviane Crystal
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pete and Annie have been best friends for years. In that time their mothers have died and Annie’s beloved grandmother, Gigi, died of cancer. While Gigi was dying, choosing to starve herself to death rather than be put in a hospice or nursing home, Annie stopped going to school and is determined not to return. Pete wants her to go back as does her father but finally they accept Annie’s decision. Instead Pete and Annie set off on a ten-day backpack hiking trip through the Washington mountains, the ...more
Kailyn Bettle
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Annie has been numb since her grandmother died. She failed her junior year, gets high all the time, and just sits around watching old movies. She doesn’t even want to go to Fire Camp anymore, something she and her best friend Pete have been planning all year. Pete knows the only way to get her to want to start living again is to go camping, so he surprises her with his plan to hike part of the Pacific Northwest Trail to get to Fire Camp. What he doesn’t tell her though (or anyone else) is that t ...more
Jill Jemmett
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a heartbreaking story about friendship.

Annie and Pete are best friends who have experienced many tragedies in their young lives. They have both lost their mothers and Annie’s grandmother. They have also almost died many times. In this story, they embark on a hike through the forest. They intend to end their journey at a camp, where they will learn to fight forest fires, but they have to face many obstacles along the way.

I loved Annie’s narrative voice. At the beginning, the story jumped
Kylee Ervin
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I saw this book as it came over the desk at the library, and was immediately interested. The cover art was beautiful, and the flap reeled me in. I thought it would be a romance with some survival and backpacking undertones.

I read the first chapter and paused. The writing made me feel anxious, and the situation looked hopeless, and I didn’t quite know what I was getting in to. I’ve been reading rather fluffy stories lately, and I was kind of hoping this would be fluffy too. The first chapter was
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I can't say I think this book is bad. That's not the right word for it. I think Carrie Mac wrote exactly the book she intended to write. It was well written, with interesting characters. It just wasn’t entirely what I expected based on the cover and description. Frankly, it was much more depressing and hopeless than I hoped it would be. Sort of like watching the trailer for Bridge to Terabithia versus actual watching the whole movie, which, while better than the trailer, is not entirely what the ...more
Rachel Bielstein
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Wildfire was one I chose more for a quick read, and although I don't typically care for books focusing primarily on romance, Wildfire's plot looked good so I took the plunge.

It's not a spoiler to say that the book actually doesn't seem to focus on the romantic feelings of the characters, so I guess this is a good example of "don't judge a book by the cover!" It more so focuses on Pete and Annie's friendship as they deal with a difficult journey through both life's and nature's greatest challeng
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