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Fireworks by Katie Cotugno
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Fireworks is a standalone Young Adult contemporary romance.

The narrator is Dana Cartwright. The book is told in 1st person POV.

The book starts off in 1997 in Jessell, Georgia. Dana and her best friend Olivia are 18 and have just graduated high school.

Dana lives with her mom and they are very poor. Her mom is a drunk who is never there for her. Olivia is in an opposite situation. She comes from a loving family and they don't struggle with money the same way Dana and her mom do.

Olivia has been performing her whole life. She brings Dana with her to Orlando to an audition. Everything changes after that audition.

The book was a cute YA story. I enjoyed it very much. The characters are 18 years old. There is some drinking and sex in the story. But it just read like YA to me. But it's probably not appropriate for anyone too young.

I liked Dana. I liked boy-bander Alex. There was a lot of stuff about pop stars in this story. And I really enjoyed that part of the book very much. It was fun to read about and I did not want to put the book down.

For the most part I enjoyed Dana and Olivia's friendship. It seemed genuine and I loved how close the author made these two girls. But there were definitely things that I didn't love, especially the ending. It really did not work for me. There were a few things that were resolved. But there were other things that I wish had been addressed.

Also, the book blurb makes it very clear that the story takes place in the 1990s. But unfortunately I did not read the book blurb right before reading this book. There is only one mention in the book of it being the 1990s. I saw that but then it was never mentioned again. That really didn't work for me at all since I completely forgot about it. In retrospect there were obviously some current things like cell phones that were not in the story. But Dana was so poor that it didn't click for me. I wish that the time period had been mentioned a few times.

Overall, this was a cute YA story. And I did enjoy it for the most part. I just didn't love where the story went at the end and I needed more of a conclusion than I got.

Thanks to edelweiss and Balzer + Bray for allowing me to read this book.
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Reading Progress

November 7, 2016 – Shelved
November 7, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
November 7, 2016 – Shelved as: edelweiss
March 13, 2017 – Started Reading
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March 14, 2017 –
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March 14, 2017 – Finished Reading

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