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Eighteen-year-old aspiring comic Joey Rossi just found out his boyfriend has been cheating on him for the past ten months. But what did he expect? Joey was born with an addiction to toxic jerks—something he inherited from his lovably messy, wisecracking, Italian-American spitfire of a mom (and best friend): 34-year-old Gia Rossi.

When Gia’s latest non-relationship goes up i
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 25th 2021 by Little, Brown and Company
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Larry H
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour, arc
Nicolas DiDomizio's debut novel, Burn It All Down , is a wacky, funny, moving book about our self-destructive behaviors.

Joey, an 18-year-old aspiring comic, is devastated and angry when he finds out his boyfriend Luke has been cheating on him. He was even planning to go to the same college as Luke. Depressed, unsure of what his future holds, and feeling he's destined to be unloved forever, Joey turns to the one person who understands better than anyone—his 34-year-old mother and best friend,
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Steven Salvatore
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
BURN IT ALL DOWN is *THAT BITCH*. Seriously. It's hilarious, fast-paced, refreshingly voice-y, and completely unforgettable; it's a journey into the impacts of toxic masculinity, familial bonds, and how the need for male attention and validation can psychologically impact gay men and straight women. There's also an incredibly smart analogy to Monica Lewinsky that weaves its way through the narrative that I absolutely lived for. This thrilling debut, which is HEARTBREAKERS (yes, the 90s classic) ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
I don’t know if I personally got offered a freebie of this or if it was a Read Now or first 500 or where the heck it came from, but I know that I downloaded it immediately because I want all the things and don’t want to wait for them. Then I never read it because I took a gander at the blurb and thought it was going to be a revenge story. Revenge stories have been all the rage for the past couple of years and tons of my friends really love ‘em, but I have read a handful and I have to say . . . . ...more
ScrappyMags
¸„.-•~¹°”ˆ˜¨ 🎀 💗𝒽 𝓈𝓌𝑒𝑒𝓉 𝓇𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓃𝑔𝑒... 🎀 ¨˜ˆ”°¹~•-.„¸

𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫: Joey is 18 and his relationship with his 34 year old mom is anything BUT conventional - this isn’t the first time they’ve sought revenge on their exes, however it is the first time things go crazy wrong...

𝐓𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬: REVENGE! Oh one of my favorite topics right here at the tips of my deliciously devious fingers! Revenge fascinates me from a psychological point of view, EVERY TIME. If you’ve ever TAKEN revenge - it’s a feeling t
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Javier
Jun 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot....

4,5 ⭐️

Burn it all down is another example of “book I chose based on its cover”. Look at it! It’s yelling at you to read it! And I’m so glad I did cause I absolutely adored every single moment.

Joey, 18, and hist mother Gia, 34, are not very lucky in love. Like mother, like son, they have a penchant for toxic jerks. And what do toxic jerks deserve? REVENGE! (My favorite word in literature!). When their planned revenge goes out of hand th
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luce (so' morta dentro)
I so wanted to love this but I'm afraid I just can't with Italian-American authors and their stereotyping of Italians (as if being Italo-American makes you quainter/quirkier/spicier than 'regular' white Americans...).
Our narrator describes his mother's hair as being the color of "espresso", then he compares her to a "brunette Lady Gaga", on wine he says that "it's basically like water for us. What? We're Italian.", and then we get metaphors involving "tortellini". And don't get me started on his
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Jaroda
My most anticipated release of 2021 has now become my favorite book (so far) of 2021. So hilarious and heartfelt. I live for Joey and Gia. Nicolas DiDomizio is that bitch. Go pick this one up.
Erica
This is a story about what happens when too much wine + too little impulse control exists within a mother/son pair who have both just been dumped by their respective boyfriends.

Gia had Joey at 16.
Joey's now 18.
The two are BFFs.
And a bit codependent.
Also a tad trainwrecky.
And a lot vengeful.

Enter a cast of stable side characters, a lakeside cabin during spring break, rich people, terrible decisions, a warrant for arrest, and incredible jumps to conclusions that would make a snow leopard jealous,
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Aaron
May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
BURN IT ALL DOWN is truly THAT BITCHHHHH. I haven’t read a book all in one day in a while and this one sucked me in and I never wanted this beautiful distasteful to end. Nic could write 27 more novels with these characters and I’d preorder EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Nic is truly going to be an author who I will be an auto buy for. I loved the voicey-ness of the book and ugh. Just perfection.

If you like disaster moms and there disaster gay son then READ THIS BOOK ALREADY!!!! AHHHHHH
Bruna (bruandthebooks)
Jul 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
Reading this book was like binge-watching a fun and dramatic show. It reminded me a little bit of Dead To Me. Not the story itself - they’re very different. But the feeling of “Oh, this is completely unrealistic but I need to know how it ends.”

Gia and her son Joey have no luck with men. Their relationships are always (poop) and they always end up getting hurt.

After both of them get dumped by the “loves of their lives” at the same time, they’re just done. They need to make them pay.

After tras
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Kelly
Oct 04, 2021 added it
Shelves: read-in-2021
A buddy comedy featuring an 18-year-old gay main character and his 34-year-old mother who go to get a little "light revenge" on the exes who've hurt them...only to accidentally commit arson on one of the homes they enter and now, they're on the run.

This is an outlandish and wild story and a whole lot of fun. It's easy to both loathe the main characters and totally feel for them. How much I didn't want them stuck in jail and yet, I also wanted them to get some kind of punishment for their acts. T
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ABookwormWithWine
Burn It All Down by Nicolas DiDomizio was a total #bookstagrammademedoit situation, and I am so glad it was because this book was fantastic. There are so many things I loved about it including but not limited to the humor and the characters. The pacing is very quick, and this could easily be a one-sitting type of read thanks to that. It made me laugh out loud more times than I can count, and I really enjoyed how fleshed out Joey and Gia’s characters are. They are the type of people I would love ...more
TL
Aug 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Narration: 4 stars 🌟
Ztory: 4 stars 🌟
JANELLE || WHATSHESEEES
May 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Guys. I seriously laughed my ass of reading this book.

As most of you know I’m Italian and come from a loud Italian family. So the dynamic between Joey and his mother Gia and then add in Nonna, it was so spot on. I never related to a book as much as this one!!

I totally wish I could bump the actual “break up” playlist Joey and Gia had made on Spotify or something because I’ve been listening too Beyoncé “ring the alarm” since!

Such an easy read, with the best mother and son duo, ever!!

Hi
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Eytan Kessler
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Nicolas DiDomizio for the advanced copy (won in a giveaway)!
I am always here for a book starring a messy gay, and Joey is a messy gay. Joey is also one of those young gays that deserves to be protected, like Bitty from Check, Please. I am also very much here for Joey’s relationship with his mom. While they can get each other into some serious trouble, Gia is always there for Joey and Joey is always looking out for his mom. While the relationship between me and my mom isn’t at that e
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Carter
May 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An explosive and thrilling debut novel from Nicholas! I devoured this book in one night and I could not put it down.
Nicholas did an amazing job in writing this books. It was so well thought out and made me on the edge of my seat swinging to see what would happen.

No only was this book a fast-paced crime book but it was also incredibly heartfelt! Nic did a great job with the conversation with men and feeling like you have to give up some of yourself for them. It was really empowering and made me t
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Tara Weiss
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
As an elite member of the Italian Americans from New Jersey club, praise must be given to Nicolas DiDomizio because his characterizations of the Rossi family are accurate. Your grandmother is nuts, which makes your mom pretty much insane, and that trickles down to you. However, you still spend every waking minute together because, FAMILY, obviously. It is just generations on generations of crazy, but can you get it under control before it controls you?

Gia Rossi was 16 when she had Joey and this
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Amy
Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
This one was such a fun debut! Joey and his mom, Gia both find out their boyfriends are cheating on them so they decide to get some revenge in a serious way. Almost immediately they’re in over their heads as they sorta accidentally commit some series crimes and so they have to run, and fast to stay out of trouble. This was so fast paced and exciting, the action starts in the beginning and really never lets up. So besides a super entertaining plot line, I freaking loved both Joey and Gia and thei ...more
Cassie Gutman
Oct 30, 2021 rated it liked it
A really fun buddy comedy style book about a mom and son who are on the run after a revenge tactic on an ex goes horribly wrong.

I do wonder if this book missed its audience by being categorized incorrectly and feel that, with the teenage main character and his spot-on voice, this book could have been more at home in the YA space. I loved how deeply and terribly flawed Joey was in the way that all heartbroken and scorned teens are (though there were a lot of exclamation points) and feel like wit
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John
Jun 07, 2021 rated it liked it
I feel like I would have loved this book in high school. I think the concept of a mother/son revenge plot-gone-wrong is brilliant, but I think the comedy that was almost exclusively built on Italian & gay stereotypes failed to keep me as amused as I’m sure the author intended. There is something to be said about the compulsive readability though!
Grace W
Jul 28, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lgbt, fiction
Hey thanks I hate it.
kim
“You and your mom deserve each other.”

Imagine Gilmore Girls. Imagine Lorelai and Rory did so much more than devil egg Jess’ car and sought extreme arson on one of Lorelai’s exes as well, your pick.

I was scrolling for available books and needed something funny, and this chaotic synopsis on my TBR struck me. And hey, it’s June, so I’m trying to read more LGBTQ+ books. This was such a chaotic and fast-paced story with hilarious narration and hijinks. I love Joey as a storyteller. We live very di
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P.J. Vernon
Jul 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A wildly entertaining debut about a gay son + mom duo embroiled in a fiery, inadvertent crime spree catalyzed by the bad men they’re both sick of falling for (CANNOT RELATE. NOPE NOT AT ALL. NEVER FELT THIS WAY). What follows is a raucous, runaway narrative that’s as unpredictable as it is unforgettable — and I devoured every word!!! As a queer kid, I yearned to have the kind of relationship Joey and mom, Gia, enjoy. Sure, they have each other’s backs to the point of escalating to maybe-felonies ...more
Anne
Jul 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is hilarious even though it's a revenge story! Joey's cheating boyfriend has just dumped him and his mother, Gia has just discovered her boyfriend is cheating as well. So they set off on a mission of revenge which includes slashing tires, and a "small" fire in a bathtub of burning clothes. Well, what could go wrong? Simply put; everything! It may not sound like it's funny but it really is as wise-cracking Gia deals with an old flame and Joey meets a new boy who doesn't understand his f ...more
Steph
Jul 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is a hilarious wild ride! The dynamic between Joey, his young mother Gia and Nona was funny and yet also sweet and loving. I think my favorite part was the inner monologue of Joey, I was absolutely cracking up from his thoughts! This book combines a whole lot of bad decisions with some heartfelt moments and made for a great read. I recommend you pick this one up when you are in need a good laugh! 4.5/5🌟

Side note, I’m gonna need the rest of the breakup playlist please and thank you.
A.
May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
How did I forget to review this at the time I read it?! Burn It All Down is the most fun--like the best of RHONJ as a book. Fans of 1994 Little Women and Monica Lewinsky will swoon. Uproarious and wonderful and sure to be a top beach read this summer!
Rebecca Johnson
This book is so different and refreshing. Hilarious, painful and sprinkled with pop culture references. I love the mother-son relationship and the epic bonding journey they embark on as they each face a broken and full heart. I wish I hadn’t read it so I can read and experience it all over again.

This book is “that bitch.” What a gift to the world!
Kara (Books.and.salt)
Jul 24, 2022 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gifted
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Alex
Thanks to NovelSuspects on Instagram and Nicolas Didomizio for the ARC of this book.

This novel is billed as Gilmore Girls meets Thelma and Louise and it definitely lives up to that comparison. It was a funny, sarcastic look at this mother and son and all of their past relationships that have gone badly. This will be a great addition to your summer reading pile and I highly recommend picking it up when it is published in May 2021.
Kajree Gautom
Jul 09, 2021 rated it liked it
What I knew about this book before picking it up was that it had a mother and son duo running after revenge on their exes. And it seemed pretty interesting.

Joey is an aspiring stand-up artist, who found out that his boyfriend had been cheating on him. His mother, Gia' latest relationship goes up in flames too when she finds out that she's a side-chick. Angered and upset and mad with their failed relationship outcomes, the two set out to seek revenge on their exes. However, things soon go south
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