A tender and haunting thriller from the highly acclaimed author of Ten Mile River and Stay With Me
When Nicole Castro, the most popular girl at her high school, has her face splashed with acid, her classmate, loner and brilliant hacker, Jay Nazarro, does more than just gawk at her. He decides to find out who did it. The deeper he digs, though, the more he falls for Nicole…and the more danger he’s in. Everyone is a suspect—even Nicole herself—and whoever did it seems ready to strike again.
Burning Blue is a high-stakes, soulful mystery that explores just how far love, or the other side of love, will take us.
Paul Griffin works as a teacher with at-risk teenagers. Text has published Ten Mile River, Paul’s stunning debut novel about survival and friendship, and Stay With Me, a powerful love story that was named a Best Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews and the School Library Journal. Paul lives in New York with his wife and his dogs.
The idea of finding beauty and value where most see ugliness and ruin runs through Griffin's novels, and he brings that theme into sharp focus in this chilling, of-the-moment mystery. After popular and gorgeous senior Nicole Castro is sprayed in the face with acid in the halls of her New Jersey high school, 16-year-old Jay Nazarro, a closeted hacker with epilepsy, is determined to uncover who is behind the attack. The brunt of the narrative follows Jay's investigation, as well as his developing relationship with Nicole, while interspersed entries from Nicole's diaries, her shrinks' notes, and e-mails from the perpetrator add depth (yes, there are red herrings, but as Jay discovers, nearly every potential suspect has a secret). Jay is an accomplished hacker he's not infallible, but he could hold his own in a Cory Doctorow novel and tech-obsessed readers will love seeing him adapt cellphones, computers, and Web sites to his advantage. As always, Griffin (Stay with Me) fills his story with fascinating, distinctive characters whose interior and exterior struggles are closely entwined. Ages 14 up.