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Watch You Burn av Amanda Searcy
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Watch You Burn (utgåvan 2018)

av Amanda Searcy (Författare)

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Jenny didn't want to move to the creepy, possibly haunted town with her dad. But the cops are on to her, and the only way she can protect herself is by moving as far away from her hometown as possible and staying out of trouble. But even after she moves, Jenny still gets theitch. The itch to light a match and then watch it burn. It's something she hasn't been able to stop, ever since an accident years ago. Now, in a new town, Jenny has the strange feeling that someone is watching her every move. Will her arsonist ways be exposed? Or is the burning truth deep inside her a greater danger?… (mer)
Medlem:Pamchop
Titel:Watch You Burn
Författare:Amanda Searcy (Författare)
Info:Delacorte Press (2018), 352 pages
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I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

Normally, I'm not a paranoid person, but I was suspicious of everyone and everything in Watch You Burn. Jenny's actions made me feel anxious and unsettled, and she frequently chooses to be reckless. I wish she had refrained from taking unnecessary risks, but it did move the story along. She's struggling with her addiction to fire, and it wins more often than not. I thought it was an interesting perspective, and it made me think about arsonists in a different way. I wish someone had helped her instead of letting her addiction spiral out of control.

I sympathized with Jenny, but I didn't like her. I also didn't agree with most of her decisions. First of all, she was extremely hypocritical. She wanted to collect everyone's secrets, but she was unwilling to share her own. Secondly, I think she should have come clean about her mistakes and dealt with the consequences of her actions. Jenny clearly needed help, but all they did was send her somewhere else. She's also insecure, petty, and jealous. Her confidence was fleeting, and would quickly be replaced by anger and frustration.

At times I felt like the story was a little slow, but the mystery kept me turning the pages. I had theories, but never felt confident about them. Everyone was hiding something, so I suspected every person she came into contact with. There were also a lot of unexpected twists that made me question everything I thought I knew, and I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending. It left things mostly unresolved.

Overall, it was an interesting read. However, I do wish Jenny had been more likable. I found it hard to relate to her and her way of thinking. She wasn't kind to others, and she threw money around like it didn't mean anything to her. I was annoyed when she used her parents money for stupid things just because she could. We already know about her extracurricular activities, and yet she still takes advantage of others.

There were a few romantic possibilities, but ugh. I feel like the romance could have been left out. Jenny used people to get what she wanted. She only worried about herself and what would happen if her secrets were exposed. She went along with whatever Ro suggested, and didn't treat her or Kara with the respect they deserved. Her relationships with everyone felt strained and awkward, and I'm not a huge fan of her father. He should have inserted himself in her life more, but he was too busy being distracted by the woman warming his bed.

I sped through Watch You Burn because I was invested in the mystery. I wanted to know what was happening and why, but also learn more about Jenny and her struggles with arson. The characters fell a little flat for me, but the story itself was okay.

Originally posted at Do You Dog-ear? on October 23, 2018. ( )
  doyoudogear | Oct 11, 2019 |
*I received an ARC from the publisher for review. This does not affect my review.*

RTC I did write a mini-review on Instagram, but I'll write a full review soon. ( )
  Shadow494 | Apr 2, 2019 |
Student Review by: Hannah H (10th grade)
Grade range: 8th Grade and up
Genre: Suspense/mystery
Literary merit: OK
Characterization: Good

Review:
Watch You Burn is about a girl named Jenny and her internal battle with her obsession to control fire. At 7 years old Jenny was in a fire and it severely burned her arm, and that's when her itch started. No one got hurt when she set the fire, yet her mom insists she go live her father in Las Piedras, Mexico. She tries to turn over a new leaf and do better, and she even meets a girl named Ro who quickly turns into her best friend, but her demons follow her there and she can’t stop. Then she meets Ben, and he makes her want to get better and to stop starting fires in the woods. Jenny's friend dies suddenly, and she starts getting weird papers from someone who knows her deepest secret about the fire that happened when she was seven. Ro is there to console her through everything. Is it true friendship or something more sinister unraveling? Jenny tries to find out who is doing this to her, and as she goes down this dark path she sees that nothing is ever as it seems and no one is ever as they say.

Watch You Burn had a great story line but the ending was weak and left you with lots of questions. The story took a lot of time to take off and when it did it just didn’t grip you and hold you there hanging on every last word. The main character Jenny was depicted really well and throughout the book, you can feel all the pain she feels, but you don’t really understand her obsession with fire until the closer to the end, and you just have to make assumptions about her intentions at first. The book has you searching for answers, and it gives them to you all on one page. The book ends abruptly, and the whole ending just feels very rushed. Optional purchase. ( )
  SWONroyal | Jan 3, 2019 |
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Jenny didn't want to move to the creepy, possibly haunted town with her dad. But the cops are on to her, and the only way she can protect herself is by moving as far away from her hometown as possible and staying out of trouble. But even after she moves, Jenny still gets theitch. The itch to light a match and then watch it burn. It's something she hasn't been able to stop, ever since an accident years ago. Now, in a new town, Jenny has the strange feeling that someone is watching her every move. Will her arsonist ways be exposed? Or is the burning truth deep inside her a greater danger?

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