Thursday May 6, 2010
by Estevan Vega
May 4, 2010
Summary from Amazon: Arson Gable feels like a freak. He can create fire. He never asked for it. He never wanted it. But he can't shut it off. Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl--who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin--moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he's never had: purpose.
Using what he fears most about himself, Arson must face his consuming past and confront the nightmare that is his present as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Dark, moody, and breathtakingly relevant, Arson, the chilling chronicle of an isolated boy with unimaginable ability, is sure to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.
Review: First off, I'm crazy impressed that Vega wrote this book when he was like seventeen or something...I see great things in his future...I mean Stephen King isn't going to live forever right?
Dark and moody is one way to describe this book and Arson's relationship with his grandmother could be any kid or young adult who has to deal with a parent or guardian with mental illness. My heart ached for Arson when he responded to his grandmothers kindness only to be slapped by her poisonous words in her very next breath. The guilt he feels from events that have occurred in his past only strengthen the loathing he has for himself and his "ability".
Things change when a mysterious girl moves in next store. Arson finds out that Emery has her own issues and is a little unnerved by the fact that she never leaves her house without a creepy mask that reminds him of something Micheal Myers might wear. Slowly but surely Arson and Emery become friends and as their worlds fall apart around them the feelings they have for each other begin to intensify.