The Burning Girl

The Burning Girl

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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Julia and Cassie have been friends since nursery school. They have shared everything, including their desire to escape the stifling limitations of their birthplace, the quiet town of Royston, Massachusetts. But as the two girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge and Cassie sets out on a journey that will put her life in danger and shatter her oldest friendship.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393635034
0393635031
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Julia and Cassie were once inseparable, but once they start middle school, things unexpectedly change. Cassie has found new friends, and it is clear Julia is not welcome. Julia doesn’t understand how Cassie could just forget how close they were and leave her to navigate a new school alone. When t... Read More »


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KatG613
Nov 08, 2017

Most girls will relate to the underlying story - how friendships (even those forged in the fires of earliest childhood memory) can grow apart, and how painful that can be. Give a listen to Chance the Rapper's song 'Same Drugs', which deals with a similar theme.

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funky_d
Oct 19, 2017

We get a peek into the ups and downs of an intense adolescent friendship. Messud is a talented writer. Skillful with dialogue and description. The writing compelled me to read on. I became invested in knowing the outcome.

What I enjoyed about this story is also what bothered me -- I don't know what happened to Cassie. This mirrors life. When we can't know the truth, we fill in the blanks but always with our spin on perception. The young women grow apart; one friend doesn't get it. Sometimes, Cassie seeks out Julia but mostly she ignores her and they lead parallel lives where they were once inseparable.

I looked for clues from the author but I wasn't able to discern all the truth about what was happening at Cassie's house. And, when the climax occurs, we are on the front lines with Julia. In its aftermath though, Julia and the readers are kept away from the whole truth. I have been wondering since I finished the book. (Maybe I need to write the follow-up.)

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bronteside
Sep 18, 2017

While the vehicle driving this novel is adolescent friendship -
Its truth lies in Messud's deep understanding of human nature
and multiple insights..One:."sometimes I felt that growing up and being a girl was about learning to be afraid."
Messed writes with a smooth eloquence that makes this psychological tale an effortless read.

multcolib_karene Sep 10, 2017

A bittersweet coming-of-age story about the friendship of two girls as they grow up and grow apart.

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FoxLarkin
Sep 04, 2017

Found this trite, predictable, characters not all that interesting: point: angst, loss, abandonment: teenage relationship-

JCLGreggW Jun 07, 2017

Massud elegantly maps the geography of a teen girl's connection with her best friend in small town Massachusetts and brings to vibrant life the power of friendship that can only exist at that fundamental age. This slim, literary novel is magic at all levels and is an absolute feast for book clubs.

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Tjad2L
Sep 22, 2017

Tjad2L thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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