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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Wasserman Narrator: Simone Lewis, Cassandra Campbell, Soneela Nankani, Allyson Ryan Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9780062470270
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On Halloween, 1991, a popular high school basketball star ventures into the woods near Battle Creek, Pennsylvania, and disappears. Three days later, he’s found with a bullet in his head and a gun in his hand—a discovery that sends tremors through this conservative community, already unnerved by growing rumors of Satanic worship in the region.

In the wake of this incident, bright but lonely Hannah Dexter is befriended by Lacey Champlain, a dark-eyed, Cobain-worshiping bad influence in lip gloss and Doc Martens. The charismatic, seductive Lacey forges a fast, intimate bond with the impressionable Dex, making her over in her own image and unleashing a fierce defiance that neither girl expected. But as Lacey gradually lures Dex away from her safe life into a feverish spiral of obsession, rebellion, and ever greater risk, an unwelcome figure appears on the horizon—and Lacey’s secret history collides with Dex’s worst nightmare.

By turns a shocking story of love and violence and an addictive portrait of the intoxication of female friendship, set against the unsettled backdrop of a town gripped by moral panic, Girls on Fire is an unflinching and unforgettable snapshot of girlhood: girls lost and found, girls strong and weak, girls who burn bright and brighter—and some who flicker away.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is not a novel you’ll put down after you pick it up, so clear some time. And it’s not a novel you’ll ever forget after you’ve read it—don’t say you weren’t warned. Wasserman is a brilliant writer, and Girls on Fire is a gorgeous gift of a novel.”

    Laura Kasischke, Pushcart Prize–winning author of In a Perfect World

  • “Wasserman combines an audacious coming-of-age tale with dark themes, placing her readers in a world influenced by Kurt Cobain, highly toxic female friendships, and ghastly incidents plaguing a quiet Pennsylvania town. The author’s voice is powerful, and her story will linger with readers. ”

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  • “Like lightning in a bottle, Robin Wasserman’s Girls on Fire captures girlhood friendship in all its shattering intensity. A captivating, terrifying novel, and one you won’t forget.”

    Megan Abbott, Edgar Award–winning author of Dare Me

  • “Although YA author Wasserman’s adult debut may feature high-school students, it’s strictly for more mature readers. The story unfolds as a maddening tease, with shocking events waiting around every corner—and an ending that will leave readers stunned.”

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  • “A dark, propulsive fever-dream of youth and friendship. I wanted to grab these girls and shake them, sing them lullabies, stop them—but all I could do was keep reading them, relentlessly enthralled by the heat-seeking missile of Robin Wasserman’s fearless imagination.”

    Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams

  • “A book so wonderful, so terrible, so nightmarishly compelling that I hardly knew what to say when I finished. Wasserman has wrapped up a love story inside a murder mystery, a promise and a testament inside a confession—and has a title ever been truer? The reader comes away singed.”

    Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble

  • A Library Journal Audio-in-Advance Pick
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for May 2016
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About the Author
Author Robin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is an American young adult novelist. She has authored the teen novels in the Seven Deadly Sins series, the Cold Awakening trilogy, as well as Hacking Harvard and The Book of Blood and Shadow. She is also the author of the middle grade series Chasing Yesterday. She grew up outside of Philadelphia and graduated from Harvard University and UCLA. Before she was an author she was an associate editor at a children’s book publisher. She lives in Brooklyn.

About the Narrators

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.

Soneela Nankani is a New York–based actress, voice-over artist, and singer. She has worked with the Sojourn Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

Allyson Ryan is a voice actress who can be heard in commercials, promos, animation, and audiobooks. She received an AudioFile Earphones Award for her narration of Kaya McLaren’s On the Divinity of Second Chances. She also has extensive experience on stage and television and has appeared as “Mom” in several television commercials. Advertising Age nominated her for a Bobby Award in the best actress category for her work as the Duracell mom.