[PDF NEW] (The Arsonist) AUTHOR Stephanie Oakes
Much to a story UuummmmmI am an indisputable an of The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly as is evidenced by my review of itBut The Arsonist is well it s cacaI have no other way of describing it I can t even point the genre in which this book belongs to The book is convoluted scattered idiotic and simply plain boorish WELL WASN T THIS MOTHER FLIPPIN AMAZINGThis book Oh my gosh After I Gulp!: The Seven-Day Crash Course to Master Fear and Break Through Any Challenge finished theinal page I closed the book slowly and just sat there staring out of my window I cannot believe that there are books that I ve been waiting The Outlaw and the Upstart King foror months sat on my TBR pile physically and on Goodreads and The Arsonist hasn t been on any of them Not even that but I didn t know it existed until I saw it on a table at the Young Adult Literature Convention YALC and all I had to do was sign up to a newsletter and I would receive it or reeI had the choice of any one of the books on the table and yes I may have chosen The Arsonist because of that pretty cover and because my Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War friends also picked it up But what was inside WHY HADN T I KNOWN ABOUT IT BEFOREThe Arsonist is a story told through three perspectives thatlow so well together Molly the girl with no riends with a broken amily with a Stories for a Kindred Heart: Over 100 Treasures to Touch Your Soul father on death row and a burning idea that a mother didn t kill herself and is actually in hiding Pepper a boyailing school and Concrete And Wild Carrot figuring out whether he cares or not plus he s got a hilarious seizure pug called Bertrand and Ava a young girl living in East Berlin in the 1980s imprisoned behind the wall and awayrom the rest of the worldI loved every single perspective in a different way and it would be cruel to pick Speak Through the Wind favourites I loved Mollyor her inuisitive mind her determination Pepper Stories for a Teen's Heart for his comedy gems his willingness to go alongor the adventure and of course Ava or her harrowing life in East Berlin and the journey she took in search or reedom right up until her death this isn t a spoiler it says it on the blurb kids Everything was gripping everything I hated putting this book down because I elt like I was wasting time doing other thingsI actually or a short period of time thought Ava Dreyman was a real person in history and a uick Google search ound me back at The Arsonist s Goodreads page whoops This book comes out 22nd August Please if you re looking or a new release that has intrigue drama adventure incredible riendships history and a useless but lovable doggo then read The Arsonist What a treat We sound like really dumb comic book characters I said The cabbage and the pepper out to solve an epic mystery What a seriously bizarre and random bookI was a huge an of Oakes s debut The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly a couple of years back and I was really excited to get my hands on her second YA novel but The Arsonist was SO WEIRD I love books that do something different but it was almost like this book was trying too hard to be uirkyHow can I even explain Well it s a With Three Perspectives Molly three Molly and Ava Molly addresses her perspective to Pepper who we learn is in a coma We also learn that Molly believes her deceased mother to be alive and living in secret Pepper s perspective takes us back in time to his childhood in Kuwait and to how he met Molly and got himself dragged into solving the mystery of her mother s supposed suicide Ava s perspective is set in East Berlin during the Cold WarEventually it becomes clear that Ava s past is tied up with Molly and Pepper s present In an extremely convoluted mystery we see Molly and Pepper travelling to Berlin to solve the mystery of Ava s death Some of the plot choices seemed very strange to me almost coming across as slapstick in their execution The bad guys make lengthy and really convenient speeches and the plot is urthered by strange coincidences weird bouts of luck and a lot of jumping to seemingly out of reach conclusions Overall it s just such a weird and convoluted narrative with lots of silly and random additions For one example the scene
Where Molly Drinks 30 Cartons Molly drinks 30 cartons milk and pees herself in the classroom For another the part where Pepper makes himself drink ipecac throws up and then goes out to a karaoke bar to sing I Will Survive For one the act that Pepper s service animal The Gilgul of Park Avenue for his seizures is a useless pug called Bertrand Everything is bizarrely comicalIs this book meant to be a complex mystery An interesting intertwining of history and the present day Or a weirdass comedy I don t know I just know it didn t workor meBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube So after The Last of the Renshai finishing the amazingness that was Minnow BlyI NEED THIS This review was originally posted at Dual ReadsARC receivedor an honest review I went into The Arsonist pretty much blind All I knew was that it was about a girl whose Even Eagles Need a Push: Learning to Soar in a Changing World father was imprisonedor arson I knew nothing of Ava s viewpoint or Pepper s or just how emotionally intense this book would wind up being The Arsonist is the sort of book that consumes you The difference rom irst page to last wasn t just character growth I eel different too And I love when a book can do that This wasn t a uick read at all It s a airly long book and the intensity of it meant that I put it down a At Sixes and Sevens few times to breathe But it was an experience of a book And those are one of myavourite kindsIn The Arsonist you read The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole from three different perspectives I struggle to pick aavourite to read The Last Honest Man: Mordecai Richler: An Oral Biography from because they were all excellent and distinctive but I definitely related a lot to Ava I ve never been in her situation obviously but her character and her beliefs and her actions resonated so strongly with me and I absolutely ado. A Kuwaiti immigrant with epilepsy serious girl problems and the most useless seizure dog in existence he has to write a series of essays over the summer orail out of schoolAnd Ava Dreyman the brave and beautiful East German resistance ighter whose murder at seventeen led to the destruction of the Berlin Wall is unlike anyone you’ve me.
Stephanie Oakes Ø 0 charactersNOTE This review is based on an Advanced Reading Copy and contains no deliberate spoilersFrom now on any time I hear somebody claim that YA is not complex thoughtful or literary I am going to smack them about the head and shoulders with a copy of this book THE ARSONIST is literary in all the best senses of the word Smart searching inventive beautifully written and characterized unny as in genuinely unexpectedly witty and sometimes straight up hilarious especially the sections narrated by Pepper poignant multilayered and Sarah Binks fascinating It deals with big serious themes but doesn t get bogged down by them it believably touches on all the standardacets of adolescent life school riends romance without limiting itself it s a gripping Cold War drama and a psychological study or several and a daring adventure and a murder mystery thriller all at once without any of those elements eeling shortchanged in the process If this weren t enough Stephanie Oakes manages the virtuoso Too Many Puppies! feat of creating not one not even two but three distinctirst person narrators whose voices and personalities are completely different The Wanderers from one another and each of whom has an eually interesting story to tellIf that weren t enough to recommend the book Ibrahim Pepper Al Yusef has now become one of myavorite adolescent boy characters of all time Trust me on this one Also his dog is hilariousI would particularly recommend this book to high school teachers looking The Last Dickens for strong multifaceted teeniction with a historical component agh the 1980 s are history now I Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes feel so old big themes and lots of scopeor analysis and discussion If I had to give a content warning I d advise that there s the occasional bit of crude adolescent boy type humour a Takedown: The Fall of the Last Mafia Empire few swear words and a couple of graphic descriptions of violence but none of it was pervasive or worse than many other books teens are usually given to read in high school if anything it s probably betterNB For those interested in diversity Molly is strongly implied to be asexual Pepper is Kuwaiti Arab and has a service dogor his epileptic seizures and there are several sympathetic and non stereotypical characters with mental illnesses 25 stars What an odd book Usually I m a an of eccentric titles but unfortunately I had to suspend too much disbelief to really enjoy absorb the story We are introduced to 3 individuals who on the surface seem to have nothing in common We have Molly who s ather is currently on death row awaiting execution Diamantmysteriet for the murder of six people She is also holding onto the hope that she mother will reappear after her disappearance years ago yet there is no evidence that this will ever happen other than a teenager s sheer determinationaith that it will This leads to her meeting Pepper a Kuwaiti immigrant who lost his mother to an oil Touching the Fire: Fifteen Poets of Today's Latino Renaissance fire Pepper lives with hisather who is grieving this loss heavily with collecting ish in the sense it will make her proud of him Pepper does not how to be himself is having a difficult time at school ultimately dropping out with the arrangement of writing essays or his teacher Molly Pepper meet when Molly is sent a book titled The Arsonist with a photo of Pepper the message that he has the answers The Arsonist is about the life of Ava an East German teenager who ights to destroy the Berlin Wall Sadly her murder accomplishes this but her murder is still accomplishes this but her murder is still Molly Pepper set out to discover Ava s killer as Molly eels that this is a message The Pocket Mommy from her mother that she mustind the answer in order to get her mother back They end up getting sent a pair of tickets to Berlin head off to solve the case A pair of teens can decide to go to another country
JUST LIKE THAT HMM CONVENIENT ALONGlike that Hmm convenient Along way a bunch of twists turns happen all while the execution date or Molly s As If Being 12 3/4 Isnt Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! father isast approachingThere are a lot of As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! factors in here that I liked in theory including each teen s desperate escaperom reality as Pepper asks Why do they parents make us carry their burdens brings up the harsh truth of the damage parents inadvertently can cause I wish Oakes had put emphasis on the execution the prison system itself but I m aware that wasn t her intention Stickman Odyssey, Book 2: The Wrath of Zozimos for ARSONIST The Cold War concept wasascinating probably my The Last of the Tribe favorite aspect of the book I liked learning about Ava looking back on it I think a separate title allrom her side would make an interesting novel all on its own It got to be too much of a stretch or me when adding Molly Pepper to the mix how their worlds all somehow intertwine together Too much convenience trying too hard to make the pieces of a puzzle it While it didn t work The Book of Air for me I can definitely see this appealing to those who enjoy mysteries with a bit of historicaliction Great writing but an overwrought plot The story takes place in the present day mainly in the California town of Monterey Pepper is a very endearing Kuwaiti immigrant with epilepsy and a service dog Molly has anger management issues and lives with her aunt and unstable cousin Margaret after her mother s suicide and ather s imprisonment or arson Pepper s POV is conveyed through essays to his teacher Molly s through a confessional of sorts to her riend Pepper and then there s Ava whose story is revealed through diary entries dated during the end of the Cold is revealed through diary entries dated during the end of the Cold THE ARSON Very interesting and has some good twists and turns Love how the story came together throughout Was a little slow or about the The Seduction of Miranda Prosper first half but overall it was entertaining Overall I good mystery and it has diary entries I love books with letters diary or journal entries Adds so. Molly Mavity is not a normal teenage girl For one thing herather is a convicted murderer and his execution date is The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy fast approaching For another Molly refuses to believe that her mother is dead and she waitsor the day when they’ll be reunited despite all evidence that this will never happenPepper Yusef is not your average teenage boy. Red her sections I admired Molly and Pepper in a different way They were both so uniue and so brave in their own ways and it broke my heart a little every time they had to go through something awful There were a couple of scenes where I had a lump in my throat the kind where it s too sad even to cryThe central mystery I ound very compelling True the Who killed Ava mystery was relatively clear but it was so exciting and interesting to watch the connections all together It elt a little like one of those crime maps on TV with all the pins and string I was adding every clue to that board inside my head all the way through and by the end it Elizabeth I felt so satisfying and complete to have all the connections make sense And there were plenty of things even towards the end that took me by surprise I mentioned that this isn t a one sitting kind of read and I will admit that once I had put this book down it took me a while to pick back up The truth being that at times it justelt too heavy or my brain So this probably isn t the book to choose when you re in a reading slump It is however a book I think you should definitely read It taught me and changed me and emotionally tore me apart and I am so grateful that I had the chance to read it I have been waiting what eels like Theres Always a Trail / Home in the Valley forever to read this book Last year Iell head over heels or The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly and immediately added The Arsonist to by TBR I was super lucky to get my hands on an ARC of this at YALC and was thrilled as it wasn t a book I was expecting to see there Nevertheless I have inally read it and I was absolutely blown away by how gorgeous it was The Arsonist was nothing like I expected it to be I ll be honest and say that I hadn t really read the blurb as I knew I wanted this book regardless of what it was about because I loved Oakes writing so much in her debut This is such a gorgeous story of inding yourself and riendship and it is written in the most beautiful way By the end of the book I had tears pouring down my The Everyman Book of Nonsense Verse face because I was just so attached to the characters and it really mattered to me what happened next I didoresee where the story would lead but I certainly did not make the connections in the way they were actually made in the book and they were so well woven togetherThe story is told rom three perspectives and Stephanie Oakes has done a marvellous job at creating three uniue voices and somehow managing to weave all of their stories together Even many of the secondary characters were somehow woven into the bigger picture and it all seems so effortless by the end I rarely write physical notes whilst reading but after every ew chapters of this book I Ten Years Beyond Baker Street: found myself theorising and writing down how Molly Pepper and Ava could be connected On many of those pages after my notes I ve just written WHAT For once I actually really enjoyedeeling uite lost in the story and not being 100% aware of what the connections were it meant I really had to get to know the characters and I grew to love them uickly It may not have the uickest plot but as someone who lives or well written characters this book was marvellous In act I read the whole thing in 24 hours and at 496 pages that is saying uite somethingA bit about our characters but don t worry there will be no spoilers The Essential Library for New Moms 4-Book Bundle: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child; The Baby Food Bible; Infant Massage; Colic Solved from meMolly Mavity is the daughter of the Arsonist herather has committed terrible crimes and is sentenced to death on death row Her mother committed suicide several years ago but Molly refuses to believe this and thinks her mother is still out there somewhere Molly is an outsider and I love her The Triangle of Truth: The Surprisingly Simple Secret to Resolving Conflicts Largeand Small for that She doesn t want toit it she just wants to be herself and if that means she is a bit of a loner then so be it Molly is so determined and curious about everything and I really valued those traits in her I loved her journey and development throughout the book and although her story is tainted with huge sadness Molly comes out on topPepper is just an absolute sweetheart We read his POV through a series of essays he has to write in order to graduate high school Pepper lives with his ather a isherman after they moved to the US rom Kuwait where his mother died shortly after giving birth to him He is epileptic and has a seizure dog called Bertrand who appears to be pretty useless but is a great companion nonetheless I loved Pepper s humour and he provided some of the best laugh out loud moments of the book Pepper s life changes rather drastically when Molly comes crashing into it but why have they been brought togetherAva Dreyman provides our third POV through a series of Diary Entries Think Anne Frank Style Ava entries think Anne Frank style Ava a young girl living in East Berlin during the 1980s and we see her many struggles with the system love and amily I really enjoyed reading the 1980s and we see her many struggles with the system love and NYCTaxiCabTales.com: Taxi Stories from streets of NYC family I really enjoyed reading diary entries as they were interesting and informative but the whole time I was reading them I couldn t help but try andigure out what the connection was It becomes slightly clearer towards the end but even these diary entries come with their own sets of twists and turnsEach chapter peels back a layer The Wrong Side of the Bed from the relevant character and brings you a step closer to revealing the truth I couldn t pick aavourite POV to read The Alvin Ho Super Collection: Books 1-4 from as each had their own endearing uality to them What I can say is that these characters are exceptionally well written and it doesn t take long to build a connection with them The uestion you will want answered is how are they connected to each other The Arsonist is a magnificent read it is beautifully written and will keep you interested and intrigued right up until the end. T beforeWhen Molly gets a package leading her to Pepper they’re tasked with solving a decades old mysteryind out who killed Ava back in 1989 Using Ava’s diary کاروان امید for clues Molly and Pepper realize there’s to her life and death than meets the eye Someone is lying to them And someone out there is guiding them along desperateor answers.