Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell

Nothing Left to Burn

The autumn morning after sixteen-year-old Audrey Harper loses her virginity, she wakes to a loud, persistent knocking at her front door. Waiting for her are two firemen, there to let her know that the moment she's been dreading has arrived: the enormous wildfire sweeping through Orange County, California, is now dangerously close to her idyllic gated community of Coto de Caza, and it's time to evacuate.Over the course of the next twenty-four hour...

Details Nothing Left to Burn

TitleNothing Left to Burn
Release DateMar 13th, 2018
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Young Adult Contemporary

Reviews Nothing Left to Burn

  • emma
    um, ok heather go off!!!this book is wildinreview to come?????? (no question yes a review will be coming)thank u to penguin first to read 4 the arc
  • H.L.
    Heather Ezell's thrilling debut novel, Nothing Left to Burn, is one of that will make you stop and think for a long time after you finish reading. When I first started reading this I had no idea what to expect (okay yes that is a small lie I did read the blurb so in that aspect I new exactly what the main gist of the story was) but before I realized it I was already halfway though. This novel is the perfect coming of age story. It has humor, myst...
  • Kayla
    Couldn't put this one down. This book is dark and compelling and chilling, lingering yet compleeeeeeetely intense, with the most beautiful prose—if any/all of this sounds like your thing, please put this book on your TBR and/or preorder it! (Also, I highly recommend going in blind to this one—I read the Kirkus review after reading the book, and while it's a good review, it's somewhat spoilery!)
  • Nicole (Read Eat Sleep Repeat)
    A compelling coming of age story, Nothing Left to Burn is Heather Ezell’s debut novel – and a fairly impressive one, at that.“…I don’t know how to say what I don’t yet understand.”This book is told in two timelines: one in the present that follows the twenty four hours after Audrey is woken to the firemen evacuating her community due to an oncoming wildfire; and another in the several months prior leading up to the night before the ...
  • Mandy
    *I received an ARC of this from the publisher - thanks so much to Penguin for sending me over a copy but it didn't change my opinion of the book at all!!Okay, 2018 needs to simmer down because I’ve read 3 2018 debuts in a row and they have all be ridiculously well written, and if this keeps going, I’m so unprepared for this goodness.This book was a twisty, dark tale full of complexity, depth, and a lot of twists and turns. I’m going to warn...
  • Sara (sarabara081)
    You can find more of my reviews at Forever 17 Books.Nothing Left to Burn is a novel that captured me. A story about being swept away in young love, the cost of secrets, and survival when faced with the flames aiming to consume you.The story is told in alternating chapters as we follow Audrey being evacuated from her home in the wake of a wildfire threatening her neighborhood and the hours that follow along with chapters that provide a backstory o...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    5 starsTaking place over 16 intense hours, Heather Ezell's debut, Nothing Left to Burn tells the story of sixteen-year-old Audrey who is navigating her tumultuous and all-consuming relationship while also juggling her family's evacuation from the path of a deadly wildfire sweeping through Orange County, California. Audrey not only wrestles with the possibility of losing her family home, but also with the secrets from her boyfriend's past coming t...
  • mith
    my review can be found on my blog as well!---At the time I'm writing this review, it's 11:00 PM on a Wednesday night.I've spent the entire day reading this book. I'm going to spend the entire night thinking about this book and how it made me feel, how it's making me feel.As a general rule, I try to stay away from contemporaries that don't have a happy ending, or something like that. Gritty novels make me feel things and I don't really like the fe...
  • Laura Taylor-Namey
    Nothing Left to Burn is one of those novels that left me staring at the wall in front of me when I got to the words, The End. I blazed like the fire in this story through chapter after chapter, finishing it in only two sittings.What just happened? That’s what I was asking myself while trying to adequately round up my thoughts on Heather’s stunning debut. This novel is paced beautifully, with this undercurrent hum of discomfort and tension, an...
  • Melody
    This is one of the handful of manuscripts I fell head over heels in love with while a literary intern reading queries, partials, and fulls. A must read. Cannot wait to read the published version!
  • Beth Summer
    I just finished this and WOW. It's mind bending, exquisitely written and perfectly paced, and just overall unbelievable. Audrey is a rich, flawed character dating Brooks who's...well...I won't spoil anything. All I will say is that Brooks is one of the most incredibly unique characters I have read in YA in a LONG TIME. This book was unpredictable, and a thrill ride. I couldn't catch my breath. I loved the setting as well. I learned so much about ...
  • Laurie Flynn
    Apparently I forgot to review this book after I read it... I blame baby brain! This is such a captivating debut. I couldn't stop turning pages because I absolutely had to know what happened. The external conflict-- a raging fire, leaving people with no choice but to depart their homes-- mirrors Audrey's internal turmoil as she grapples with her complicated relationship with the boy she loves. Not to mention, the complicated relationship she has w...
  • Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
    3.5 Stars rounded up to 4. Full review to come.
  • Rachel Solomon
    Bold, stunning, complex, and incredibly smart. Truly wonderful debut.
  • Aneta Bak
    A dangerous wildfire has started in Orange County, California. Audrey only has twenty minutes to gather her and her families belongings before she has to evacuate her family home. As the days events play out, Audrey looks back on the past three months to the events that have lead her here.Audrey is a very captivating main character. She really knows how to tell a good story both from the past and the present perspective. Audrey calls herself a lo...
  • Nicole
    Nothing Left to Burn is a touching and moving novel about Audrey Harper who needs to pack her belongings and evacuate her home. A fire is engulfing Orange County California at a rapid rate and Audrey has no choice but to abandon her home all by herself without the physical support of her family.The novel spans within 24 hours alternating between present time and back to before the fire even started. Just like the fire, Audrey's life is unpredicta...
  • Tara Kuenzi-gilboy
    Nothing Left to Burn is one of the best YA novels I’ve read in a while. Often literary novels that explore serious issues like mental illness, unhealthy relationships, and first love can be a bit “quiet,” without a high stakes premise, but this novel has all the suspense of a thriller, with a structure that kept me flipping pages, upset that I had to leave for work because I needed to read “just one more chapter…” The narrative moves ...
  • Jessica Pennington
    Oh man, this book. It was supposed to be something I read when I needed a break from writing. I told myself I'd read a chapter here and a chapter there, during stints of writer's block. Except this book sucked me in SO quickly, and then never let go. It had so much feeling...I was right there with Audrey for the highs and the lows, and I cared...right from the get-go, I cared so much about Audrey and Brooks, and their story. I loved the relations...
  • Sarah Glenn Marsh
    WOW.Just like the fire threatening Audrey's home quickly spirals out of control and becomes all-consuming, so too does the tension in this book! Full of beautiful writing, smartly rendered characters and complicated relationships- emphasizing truly just how complex and messy life is (Audrey's feelings toward ballet are a great example)- this is a book that will elevate your heart rate and stay with you for a long time after you've finished.*Side ...
  • Sandy Reilly
    At 16, Audrey has never felt all that comfortable in her own skin. Brooks, the hot senior who just moved to Coto de Caza, seems to know exactly how that feels. Drawn to the aspiring firefighter with a tragic past, Audrey thinks she may have found the one thing she's "good" at -- being with Brooks. Their relationship sparks flames quickly, with both being consumed by needing the other. But when their summer romance begins to show signs of imperfec...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    ***Thanks to First to Read for providing me a complimentary copy of NOTHING LEFT TO BURN by Heather Ezell in exchange for my honest review.***3 STARSLeft alone overnight, sixteen-year-old Audrey must evacuate her home when California wildfires threaten her neighborhood. Among her concerns, her boyfriend Brooks, a volunteer firefighter. The next eighteen hours will have Audrey evaluating all of her relationships.Heather Ezell’s debut showed a lo...
  • Samantha Fabris
    This book just wasn't for me. I keep hoping to like YA mystery/thrillers, but I think this book was the nail in the coffin that they're just not for me. But for those who like these, then I think this could be a 5 star."Nothing Left to Burn" is very well written. The entire book feels like a blanket of anxiety. I could practically feel the shock and stress that Audrey was going through, but I still couldn't find myself actually liking Audrey.The ...
  • Lauren
    *4.5* Wow, what an ending! NOTHING LEFT TO BURN is fiery and passionate. It's about the secrets a person keeps and the lies they tell themselves to protect the ones they love. It's about falling in love - so hopelessly in love - that they begin to loose little parts of themselves along the way. It's about growing up and taking responsibility, finding strength in the weakness. NOTHING LEFT TO BURN is a unique book, one I'll be thinking about for d...
  • Vicki
    Decent enough book but you knew what was going on. However kept me reading the whole way. Would recommend to a younger audience although I love YA.
  • Kate
    4.5 / 5 // I’m really impressed. The story went a direction I wasn’t expecting and the writing is so lovely. Full review TK.
  • Candy Borjas
    Full review to be posted soon on my blog at chaptersafterchapters.wordpress.comThis is one of those books that you can't put down. The characters are wonderful and the book's plot is great. We read in Audrey's point of view as she spends the next 24 hours knowing she might lose her home and so much more. As her point of view goes from her present to flashbacking to the beginning of the summer with Brooks. She thinks back to the simpler days when ...
  • Hayley Stone
    As a native Californian, I'm very familiar with the danger of wildfires: their power, unpredictability, and ultimately, their indifference to suffering. In Nothing Left to Burn, Heather Ezell does a fantastic job of exploring the breakdown of a relationship against the backdrop of a devastating wildfire. As the narrative jumps back and forth in time, we get to see Audrey and her boyfriend, Brooks, at various stages of their relationship. I liked ...
  • Erin
    Thank you to firsttoread for an e-arc of this book in exchange for my honest review."We hunt one another. But don’t let the media fool you. We’re no worse than anywhere else. Like everywhere, like everyone, we simply want to be happy. This is our truth. We hunt for hope. Don’t you?"You know those books you think you'll like but your also not really sure about them? That's what this book was for me. I was hoping to like it but wasn't really ...
  • N.
    4.5/5 - An incredibly gripping story, almost impossible to put down, but also quite disturbing.Nothing Left to Burn is the story of 16-year-old Audrey, who must evacuate her home (alone - the rest of the family is away) on the morning after she lost her virginity. The story goes from the 24 hours after she's told to evacuate to scenes from the months that she's been dating Brooks -- starting with when they met and slowly moving forward. Audrey's ...