Together We Caught Fire

S. & S./Simon Pulse. Feb. 2020. 368p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781534450219.
Gr 10 Up–When Lane Jamison was five years old, her mother died by suicide. Since then, Lane has feared knives, blood, and getting too close to people. Things get complicated when her long-time crush becomes her stepbrother. Grey McIntyre has always been handsome, kind, and unattainable, dating evangelical Southern belle Sadie Hall. In an attempt to distract herself from her undeniable tension with Grey, Lane befriends Sadie’s brother, Connor. As her relationship with Connor grows, so too does her chemistry with Grey. Lane is forced to face her trauma and come to terms with who she is and what she wants in life. Gibson’s debut novel is stunning in its total honesty, to borrow a phrase often used by the characters. They are human and flawed, while heavy issues such as mental health, substance abuse, religion, and sex are dealt with realistically. The romance itself is a foregone conclusion, but readers will connect with Lane as she struggles with her feelings.
VERDICT Fans of Kathleen Glasgow and Nina LaCour will appreciate this sometimes lyrical, sometimes brutal, always unflinching portrayal of a girl struggling with her past in order to find her future.

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