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  • Title: How to Set a Fire and Why
  • Author: Jesse Ball
  • ISBN: 9781101870587
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback

  • How to Set a Fire and Why By Jesse Ball Lucia s father is dead her mother is in a mental institute she s living in a garage turned bedroom with her aunt And now she s been kicked out of school again Making her way through the world with only a book, a zippo lighter, a pocket full of stolen licorice, a biting wit, and striking intelligence she tries to hide, she spends her days riding the bus to visit her motLucia s father is dead her mother is in a mental institute she s living in a garage turned bedroom with her aunt And now she s been kicked out of school again Making her way through the world with only a book, a zippo lighter, a pocket full of stolen licorice, a biting wit, and striking intelligence she tries to hide, she spends her days riding the bus to visit her mother and following the only rule that makes any sense to her Don t do things you aren t proud of But when she discovers that her new school has a secret Arson Club, she s willing to do anything to be a part of it, and her life is suddenly lit up And as her fascination with the Arson Club grows, her story becomes one of misguided friendship and, ultimately, destruction.
    Jesse Ball
    Jesse Ball 1978 Born in New York The author of fourteen books, most recently, the novel How To Set a Fire and Why His prizewinning works of absurdity have been published to acclaim in many parts of the world and translated into than a dozen languages The recipient of the Paris Review s Plimpton Prize, as well as fellowships from the NEA, the Heinz foundation, and others, he is on the faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    How to Set a Fire and Why By Jesse Ball


    Do you remember as a child how easy it seemed to solve life s problems If all the rich people shared their excess, then there would be no poor Simple, right In How to Set a Fire and Why, a teenage girl Lucia discusses how she would go about making this the norm No homelessness, no hunger, no daily struggling, and certainly no fat old money staring down their noses at the one s who weren t born so lucky But Lucia is sort of special Her personal life stressors combined with her impatient but adva [...]

    Jessica Sullivan
    This is my third Jesse Ball novel and I have to say I can t think of another contemporary author who has such an original and inventive voice and style The best thing about Ball is that he s no one trick pony the only thing his books have in common is that they are each wholly unique.In How to Set a Fire and Why, his protagonist is a teenage girl named Lucia, who tells us her story through a series of journal entries The best way I can describe Lucia is like this Imagine Holden Caulfield if he w [...]

    Rebecca Foster
    Lucia Stanton is a cynical 14 year old misfit who lives with her elderly aunt in a garage At first she only supports the idea of arson, but events draw her into getting personally involved This is one of those fairly rare novels that stand out immediately for the first person voice Lucia reminded me of Holden Caulfield or of Mim Malone from David Arnold s Mosquitoland She s like a cynical philosopher For as heartbreaking as her family history is, she was always either making me laugh or impressi [...]

    Michael Livingston
    I loved this Lucia s voice is blisteringly funny, dark and unapologetically idealistic She s been dealt a shit hand in life and she s angry at the fakes, idiots and condescending adults that she has to deal with every day The writing is fantastic I completely bought into Lucia as a narrator and was knocked out by her smart, sad and hilarious take on the world I m definitely going to chase down of Jesse Ball s books.

    I thought about the fire I know it was just an abandoned building but I felt like something had happened, a real thing for once My aunt s stroke had felt pretty real too I guess real things happen all at once, and then you go back to the false parade of garbage that characterizes modern life How To Set a Fire And Why is the sixth novel by American author, Jesse Ball Lucia Stanton lives in virtual poverty with her elderly Aunt Margaret in a garage at the back of a messy garden She has been thrown [...]

    If J.D Salinger s Holden Caulfield had a tryst with Stephen King s Carrie, perhaps she would be a bit like Lucia Stanton cynical, disillusioned, subversive, self aware, and lost Her father is dead, her mother is ailing, and she lives full time with her destitute yet caring aunt, in a converted garage Every day, she wears the same uniform to school, where she is marginalized Unlike her schoolmates, who are burning with the promise of adolescence, Lucia s flame may be predestined to quickly burn o [...]

    Carla Stafford
    Lucia is a tough, young woman who doesn t fit in Her dad is dead, her mom is in an institution, and she lives with her seemingly and endearingly batty but philosophically enlightened old aunt Lucia is well read, and even well spoken she has nothing but her somewhat twisted ideals, the notebook she writes random predictions in, and her stolen licorice Lucia is an avid reader, with advanced thoughts and a vocabulary that would shame the kids of Dawson s Creek All Lucia has leftover from her old l [...]

    Wow, what a book I can t figure out another author who writes like Jesse Ball does He suffuses so much artistry and philosophy into his writing and characters that his books are hard to classify Longer review to come This is a toughie to digest, but I am very impressed and highly recommend it.

    She told me I was a good writer, but I could tell she didn t care about it Good writer, like, one of the ones who leaves the good parts out Jesse Ball, this is how I feel about you The whole book I was waiting, waiting, waiting for something interesting to happen Every moment felt like it was just a temporary fix to a plot going nowhere, distracting the reader from realizing that they re wasting their time The school doesn t even have an Arson Club The blurb is misleading It s like he wants you [...]

    Nice piece of contemporary pop fiction told by a 14 year old who has some problems and than average intelligence.

    What the actual heck did I just read Update I finished this than a week ago I m still confused AF.

    Jaclyn Crupi
    I have wanted to re read this for ages and it s even better on a second reading Jesse Ball truly is the real deal He spoiled us with three books in as many years and I m not coping well waiting for what comes next This book is for those who love unique character studies voices along the lines of Eileen and Sorry to Disrupt the Peace.

    Shawn Mooney
    Lucia is a badass teenager, living with her aunt in a garage converted into a rental suite they haven t been able to pay the rent on for quite a while She visits her mom in the mental hospital once a week despite her mom having no idea who her daughter or she herself is Lucia s most treasured possession is her dead dad s Zippo lighter, which she guards with her life because every time someone touches it there is less of him on it His corpse is actually on it I mean, not his death corpse, but his [...]

    Kyle Muntz
    I have conflicted feelings about this novel it s a complete departure for Jesse Ball, and in a lot of ways it s a success It s a kind of anti coming of age novel made up mostly of detached, but fascinating and counterintuitive moments of introspection the whole thing is fun to read, but there s also something sort of thin to it But it does a lot of things very well, and it s surprising how Lucia s voice carries a book so light on narrative or fleshed out characters Not that the characters aren t [...]

    R K
    This is my first book by Jesse Ball and I can say with full confidence that a new author has joined the ranking of favourite authors Going to the teenage years The years where one is supposedly at the apex of their life Where emotions run high and life is set against you This is the stereotypical view of a teenager and their mental state Into this world comes Lucia and she full of rage Tentatively waiting for her ignition Realistically speaking life is not a very happy one It s not life s fault [...]

    Joachim Stoop
    How versatile one can be This book is typical and atypical Jesse Ball Loved it Two tips 1 Read it as young adult 2 Listen to the audiobook the voice of the girl is exactly like the voice of the girl in the book

    Jesse Ball continues to impress me How to Set a Fire and Why is about living with different morals, and the consequences of doing it Ball constructs two morality systems one, a hedonistic one that Lucia s family lives by, and the other an anarchist one focused on bringing about wealth equality, the credo of the arson club.Lucia slowly grafts the second onto the first one in the midst of her life unraveling, figuring out what it means for her to be true to her morals in society This is complicate [...]

    For reviews, visit ebooksandcooksSo last week I wrote about Before the Fall and how I felt its author couldn t write female characters with depth Jesse Ball shows that male authors can write multidimensional female characters Lucia, the protagonist and narrator of How to Set a Fire and Why, has a bit of masculine swagger, but a lot of women including me can relate to that to some degree Lucia is a tough, sarcastic, whip smart young woman She has been dealt a lot of reverses in life, and it make [...]

    Laura Hogensen
    As a reader, this makes you separate yourself from the narrator Lucia is clearly damaged and trying her best to cope Because she s brilliant, her deadpan narration of her life and the things that happen to her might lure you in to thinking this is all ok or normal Far from it This was a hard read for me because the whole time I knew that things aren t going to be ok There was never going to be magical adult intervention And while I cheered Lucia s ingenuity, I was also angry at the world that le [...]

    Isabelle Smith
    It s another book written by a man who thinks he understands the mind of a teenage girl This book is not what I expected, it actually focuses on her relationships with her family that the arson club, which makes this book very cliche and played out.

    I m not sure how to describe my thoughts on this book It gave me so many feelings about what the world is really like I mean, I know that there is a reality in which we all live but the way that Lucia expresses her thoughts, in this very stream of consciousness way of conveying her beliefs and convictions was so refreshing Young protagonists always get a lot of flack for their immature nature, and maybe Lucia isn t an exception, but she s definitely ahead of her peers when it comes to dealing wi [...]

    Jesse Ball is brave to create this book s narrator, Lucia Stanton, a character that brings Holden Caulfield so quickly and strongly to mind Come too close to HC and Lucia Stanton will be labeled derivative Stray too far and the authentic voice of a smart, cynical, disillusioned, wise before his her time young adult will be lost Ball found the sweet spot in between with this sad, wonderful story High schooler Lucia is living in a garage with her aunt They are so poor that Lucia shoplifts for groc [...]

    Robert Wechsler
    I read this right after reading Christine Schutt s novel Florida They have a lot in common Both are the first person stories of girls whose fathers are gone, whose mothers are institutionalized, who live with relatives, and who are smart, bookwormy outsiders Both are told in childlike but intelligent voices, although Schutt s narrator is much lyrical than Ball s Schutt s narrator is an adult looking back, while Ball s is sixteen.Novels and films about the childhoods of smart outsiders are clich [...]

    Jesse Ball s How to Set a Fire and Why offers readers insight into the depths of loss, the power of love, the immortality of parenting, and the meaning of genius The protagonist, Lucia, lives with her aunt after her father dies and her mom winds up in a mental institution Their relationships with Lucia, however, linger long after they ve been extinguished by death and disease So, anyway, Lucia lives with her aunt in a little converted garage behind some guy s house and they are very poor but the [...]

    Told from the point of view of a teenage girl named Lucia, How to Set a Fire and Why is a novel that I would call nihilistic literature We are given a glimpse into the life of this unfortunate girl who lives with her elderly aunt in a garage and is unable to stay in school due to her behavioral problems Lucia s father is dead and her mother is in a mental institution we are given hints that how these two ended up this way was an especially gruesome circumstance and she spends most of her time fi [...]

    Mary (BookHounds)
    MY THOUGHTSThis is a story for those that enjoy a bit of anarchy in their reading Lucia Stanton lives with her elderly aunt with limited means since her father died and her mother is now in a mental institution This has been her reality since she was small Now in high school, she has been kicked out of one and now entering into a new situation With anger issues and feelings of loss, she thinks she can actually try to make friends The only remaining item from her father is an old Zippo lighter th [...]

    Text Publishing
    Wildly funny with dark, grief washed undercurrents, this book delivers all the feels Lucia is a whip smart teenager with a fierce intelligence and cracking wit, who challenges authority and thinks deeply about the world around her.We fell for Lucia instantly and felt connected to her rage, apathy, sensitivity, musings and ideas From the whirl of thoughts she hashes out in her notebook to the few possessions she carries defiantly with her, this is a girl who pulls no punches You ll be hooked from [...]

    adam (booksss.0k)
    I really did try to give this a chance and I really wanted to like it a lot, and I did in the beginning The main character just ended up getting on my nerves and I really thought her view of the world and people was very different from mine I really lost interest when I hit the quote about men only liking things written by men I am someone who doesn t care about what gender someone is, what race someone is, or what sexuality someone is That comment about really just gave me a bad taste in my mou [...]

    Chris Roberts
    The arsonist as stick figureWith a torch to the houseAnd a spring in her gaitThe Fire Starter s heart glowsFilled with glad hateThe After TimeThe fire hoses were powerfulThe water reaching so high into the skyIt reached the sun in an instantA flash of water and fire colliding in a dazzling flash of light.The sun falling madly from the sky, like a billion roman candlesStreaming and spiraling to the earthOnce spent, the town was awash in smoke and shadowDarkness loves us and loves usChris Roberts, [...]

    The problem with stories featuring disenfranchised teens infects this book The adultness of the author seeps through too frequently and also unevenly.I felt like this book was trying very hard to be a mash up between Heathers and Catcher In the Rye I liked it better than Catcher.The diary format of the book was interesting and well done I am not sure I cared for the ending spoiler, so I ll leave it alone.

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