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Nothing Burns as Bright as You

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Five starred reviews!

From New York Times bestselling author Ashley Woodfolk, Nothing Burns as Bright as You is an impassioned stand-alone tale of queer love, grief, and the complexity of female friendship.

Two girls. One wild and reckless day. Years of tumultuous history unspooling like a thin, fraying string in the hours after they set a fire.

They were best friends. Until they became more. Their affections grew. Until the blurry lines became dangerous.

Over the course of a single day, the depth of their past, the confusion of their present, and the unpredictability of their future is revealed. And the girls will learn that hearts, like flames, aren’t so easily tamed.

It starts with a fire.

How will it end?

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Praise for this book

"Wildly ambitious, fearlessly honest, and crackling with the top volume feelings of messy first love. Ashley Woodfolk is a virtuoso. Consider my breath fully taken." - Becky Albertalli

"This highly original story is both heart-wrenching and hopeful. Ashley Woodfolk takes chances with form that make this verse novel captivating. Her skill as a writer has never burned so bright. Pure fire!" - Kwame Alexander

"There is something sacred in the way Woodfolk bears witness to the scariest, most vulnerable parts of an untamable heart. A fierce, wrenching, deeply honest look at first love--I invite Ashley Woodfolk to break my heart with a book like this anytime." - Leah Johnson

"A loving ode to the queer twin flame relationships of our adolescence that smolder quietly in so many of us. These characters, like Woodfolk's dazzling and soulful lyrical prose, are both limitless and full of complexity. An exhilarating and quixotic read." - Junauda Petrus

"Unapologetically shows the more challenging elements of falling--and staying--in love... This book has completely transformed the way I think about what it means to love unconditionally." - Nic Stone

"Nothing Burns as Bright as You is a beautiful exploration of first love with the emotional resonance that only an Ashley Woodfolk novel can bring. Exquisite from beginning to end." - Angie Thomas

"Nothing Burns as Bright as You consumed me like a flame. The interspersed timelines will keep readers breathless as the love between these girls splatters raw on the page, the poetry absolute perfection. A novel to at once devour and savor." - Kip Wilson

"Nothing Burns as Bright as You is utterly captivating, brimming with passion and heartbreak and the beautiful complexity of the human heart." - Nicola Yoon

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