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An electric romance set against a rebel art scene sparks lethal danger for two girls in this expertly plotted YA thriller. For fans of E. Lockhart, Lauren Oliver and Kara Thomas. The summer is winding down in San Diego. Veronica is bored, caustically charismatic, and uninspired in her photography. Nico is insatiable, subversive, and obsessed with chaotic performance art. Th An electric romance set against a rebel art scene sparks lethal danger for two girls in this expertly plotted YA thriller. For fans of E. Lockhart, Lauren Oliver and Kara Thomas. The summer is winding down in San Diego. Veronica is bored, caustically charismatic, and uninspired in her photography. Nico is insatiable, subversive, and obsessed with chaotic performance art. They’re artists first, best friends second. But that was before Mick. Delicate, lonely, magnetic Mick: the perfect subject, and Veronica’s dream girl. The days are long and hot―full of adventure―and soon they are falling in love. Falling so hard, they never imagine what comes next. One fire. Two murders. Three drowning bodies. One suspect . . . one stalker. This is a summer they won’t survive. Inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, this sexy psychological thriller explores the intersections of love, art, danger, and power.


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An electric romance set against a rebel art scene sparks lethal danger for two girls in this expertly plotted YA thriller. For fans of E. Lockhart, Lauren Oliver and Kara Thomas. The summer is winding down in San Diego. Veronica is bored, caustically charismatic, and uninspired in her photography. Nico is insatiable, subversive, and obsessed with chaotic performance art. Th An electric romance set against a rebel art scene sparks lethal danger for two girls in this expertly plotted YA thriller. For fans of E. Lockhart, Lauren Oliver and Kara Thomas. The summer is winding down in San Diego. Veronica is bored, caustically charismatic, and uninspired in her photography. Nico is insatiable, subversive, and obsessed with chaotic performance art. They’re artists first, best friends second. But that was before Mick. Delicate, lonely, magnetic Mick: the perfect subject, and Veronica’s dream girl. The days are long and hot―full of adventure―and soon they are falling in love. Falling so hard, they never imagine what comes next. One fire. Two murders. Three drowning bodies. One suspect . . . one stalker. This is a summer they won’t survive. Inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, this sexy psychological thriller explores the intersections of love, art, danger, and power.

30 review for She's Too Pretty to Burn

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kai

    the author really said Dorian Gray but make it sapphic, murderous, teenage girls

  2. 4 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    3.5 stars ♥️✨ This book is what we say 'Aesthetically Pleasing ". Just imagine this book being made into a movie , all those art installation, those photography room scenes , ohhhhh( yup that's my inner feelings). it’s been a few days since I read this book and the fact that I can’t stop thinking about it , is compelling me to write this review  despite the fact that I have shit load of work to do!  there were elements I enjoyed, events I skipped because they were boring and some things I pondere 3.5 stars ♥️✨ This book is what we say 'Aesthetically Pleasing ". Just imagine this book being made into a movie , all those art installation, those photography room scenes , ohhhhh( yup that's my inner feelings). it’s been a few days since I read this book and the fact that I can’t stop thinking about it , is compelling me to write this review  despite the fact that I have shit load of work to do!  there were elements I enjoyed, events I skipped because they were boring and some things I pondered over for an hour after completing the book! SYNOPSIS SAID: - “Inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, this sexy psychological thriller explores the intersections of love, art, danger, and power.” Now fact no one: - I haven’t read “the picture of dorian gray” so I can’t say whether this was the perfect retelling or not. And speaking of sexy physiological thriller, I don’t know in what aspect they mean it , but it had moments to swoon over. And that exploration of love, art, danger and power huff, you got me there totally , not gonna lie it was perfect there! Twisty-turny and oh-so provocative, this is the type of book that will stick a sneaky foot out to trip you up.I loved the storyline and some plot points. It was a smoldering, hypnotic thrill-ride. Heard’s YA debut crackles and pops with electric psychological suspense. I FLEW THROUGH THIS BOOK. The imagery in this felt like it would be perfect for the screen especially with all of the performance art. I am living for the way horror and suspense fiction are being queered in such an authentic, empowering way. “Veronica and Mick's complex, compelling relationship grounds this intense and unrelenting thriller, full of impossible choices, betrayals, mistakes, and danger.”  I loved these gray characters a lot , and though I don't agree with some of their actions but I guess that could be best at that time. I loved the use of sapphic love , it was I guess cool. I liked Mick more than Veronika because of same reason why Nico liked her .  I SCREAMED A LOT, ESPECIALLY NICO CHAPTERS! I mean that boy, fucking hell! If we exclude the murdering parts , I loved Nico like you know I have a thing for antagonist and he is one my favourite teen antagonist (call it my outrageous teen moms or whatever , I like dark and disturbing people a lot ). Speaking of thriller aspect , it was so easy for me guess the twists and turns I mean there isn't much use of your grey cells , you can simply chill and read it on a perfect afternoon. It's gripping no doubt but I guess it wasn't that much thrilling in my opinion , like honestly it was more of dialogues than actions . And lastly that ending , That fucking last line . FUCK FUCK FUCK you know that moment when the title of book is used in the book, that feeling of "OMFG HELL YES!" I am not gonna spoil that for you guys , but honestly this book was very artistic and pleasing to read especially when you think it's over but it's actually not ! So yes get ready for this ride , it's crazy and wild ! I hope you enjoy it💙

  3. 5 out of 5

    chai ♡

    [bursts through the wall at such a high speed that I phase through solid matter] did someone say- A REIMAGINING OF "THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY" AS A SEXY PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER FEATURING SAPPHIC GIRLS AND MURDER?????? [bursts through the wall at such a high speed that I phase through solid matter] did someone say- A REIMAGINING OF "THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY" AS A SEXY PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER FEATURING SAPPHIC GIRLS AND MURDER??????

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Wow! After reading the last third of the book by holding my e-reader with my shaky hands, puffing, sweating, jumping up and down from my seat, I feel like I ran a marathon! This is impressive dedication and realistic, present time reflection of Picture of Dorian Gray! It’s about the beauty, ecstatic, art, passion, forbidden love, secrets, longing for divine beauty and seeing and admiring it through the lenses of your camera. Passion triangle around Veronica-Nico and Mick is definitely the great r Wow! After reading the last third of the book by holding my e-reader with my shaky hands, puffing, sweating, jumping up and down from my seat, I feel like I ran a marathon! This is impressive dedication and realistic, present time reflection of Picture of Dorian Gray! It’s about the beauty, ecstatic, art, passion, forbidden love, secrets, longing for divine beauty and seeing and admiring it through the lenses of your camera. Passion triangle around Veronica-Nico and Mick is definitely the great retelling, a new reflection of Basil-Henry-Dorian’s dysfunctional relationship patterns. Veronica and Nico are best friends, but their passion for art, photography always comes first. Nico is controlling, manipulative just like Henry who liked to affect people’s opinions ( especially Dorian) with his impressive argumentative skills. But Veronica is already looking for something different, bored with his husband-wife kind of routine relationship with Nico. One day her path crosses with shiny, adorable Mick. Just like Basil’s adoration to the beauty of Dorian, she gets enchanted by her magical beauty and their whirlwind, sexy, adventurous love story begins. But... they’re doomed with the tragedies. One fire... two murders... three drowning bodies. Expect to get surprised, because there are so many foreseeable twists will blow your mind! I’m not giving any more clues not to ruin those surprises! A very fast pacing, heart throbbing and jaw dropping adventure is waiting for you. Buckle up! Get ready! It’s not a retelling of a legendary classic. The references and reflections of original text is such a fabulous truth and we may sense how it inspired the author’s riveting, exciting writing. Overall: I enjoyed a lot. One of the most surprising reads of the year. Go blind and enjoy it! Special thanks to NetGalley and Henry Holt and Co / Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. blog instagram facebook twitter

  5. 4 out of 5

    Angelica

    You had me at "Dorian Gray". Then you had me again at the words murder, and mystery. Unfortunately, that's exactly where you left me. First, let me say that this book was a rollercoaster and I am not quite sure how I feel about it. Second, let me tell you that aside from the use of art and the slight corruption of a muse, this had little to do with the masterpiece that is The Picture of Dorian Gray.  For starters, I think that all the wild events in this book, from the character's meeting to the dr You had me at "Dorian Gray". Then you had me again at the words murder, and mystery. Unfortunately, that's exactly where you left me. First, let me say that this book was a rollercoaster and I am not quite sure how I feel about it. Second, let me tell you that aside from the use of art and the slight corruption of a muse, this had little to do with the masterpiece that is The Picture of Dorian Gray.  For starters, I think that all the wild events in this book, from the character's meeting to the drawings and the murders and arson, all took place within ten days hurt the story. Ten days for these characters to fall in love/ infatuation with each other, and for everything that could have gone wrong to go horribly wrong. The timeline made it hard to believe the relationship between the characters, especially since there wasn't any actual reason as to why Mick would have grown so attached to Nico and Veronica as quick as she did.  The unrealistic and toxic relationship between Mick and Veronica really bothered me at times. It's hard to believe that the two are friends, much less, girlfriends. Veronica constantly invades Mick's privacy and refuses to ask for consent before doing so. Then after a minor disagreement, the breach is treated as ok and Mick ultimately accepts and forgives Veronica. Also, Mick is a minor. A teenage girl whose face shouldn't be publicized either online or in print without permission, and whose half undressed pictures shouldn't be sold in auctions. There is no way that this relationship is healthy, despite the way the author tries to tell us that it is. Also, the draw that both Veronica and Nico felt toward Mick was never explained and never made sense. Where Dorian Gray got the attention of Basil and Lord Henry through his beauty, innocence, and general charm, Mick is just sort of there, you know.  Then there was the plot of the book. It was a rollercoaster. A dark, violent, and strangely bloody rollercoaster. I actually liked the writing in the way it set the scene and atmosphere. And yet, I wasn't actually too invested in all the craziness that was happening. I also wasn't a fan of the ending either. Some characters got away with everything. There were too many loose ends, too many pieces that didn't need to be left on the board. Had the book ended a few chapters earlier it would have been better, in my opinion. Lastly, there was no character growth. No big realizations being made about who these characters were. Mick is ok with taking pictures of herself. That's all the change we get from anyone.  Maybe I am being harsh on this book. But when you compare yourself to something as highly regarded as The Picture of Dorian Gray, and you don't deliver, it's hard to keep from pointing out the flaws. I think I just kept waiting for it to be a lot more like that novel than it was. Overall, this book was ok. That said, I read it in one sitting and actually enjoyed the author's writing style. Still, I felt nothing while reading other than shock and disgust at some of the things done in the novel. If anything, it was effective at showing just how crazy the antagonist was. Rating: 2.5/5 **I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.** Follow Me Here Too: My Blog || Twitter || Bloglovin' || Instagram || Tumblr || Pinterest

  6. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    Stupid decisions all over, of course. Annoying characters. Worst parents award winning characters. Silly plot. Unlikeable misrepresented main characters. But I still kept on reading because the writing is good and vivid. I hate Mick's mother. How could she just....? I hate Nico. One of the worst fictional characters without a conscience. I didn't like the two main characters as well. Even if they tend to feel guilt and regretful at times, that's not how relationships work. And that's not even how mi Stupid decisions all over, of course. Annoying characters. Worst parents award winning characters. Silly plot. Unlikeable misrepresented main characters. But I still kept on reading because the writing is good and vivid. I hate Mick's mother. How could she just....? I hate Nico. One of the worst fictional characters without a conscience. I didn't like the two main characters as well. Even if they tend to feel guilt and regretful at times, that's not how relationships work. And that's not even how mistakes work. These turned out to be more manipulative and utterly senseless. But yes, the writing is good. It just sucks you in. The chemistry is there. The romance works fine but ugh I didn't like the characters at all. Most of the things happening in this one are a little far fetched and there's lack of presence of adult characters even though they were there. And the characters never learnt and kept doing the same stupid mistakes over and over again. The so called romance seems to me a bit toxic. No means no. Get the hint. And the one who is saying no, do not keep giving mix signals and then run away acting like a victim all the time when you encourage the other person. The characters seem like they still did things even when they knew they were taking part in something harmful and illegal. I really don't like it when adult characters keep mum and not do anything even though they know the problems the young characters are facing until they get caught up in something illegal or problematic. The two main characters sometimes act out of proportion, act too less when it was time to do sk and then overreact out of nowhere. But yes again, like Veronica's mother said they were just teenagers! Stereotyping much but yes, typical. One thing this book did well was the lgbtq representation. The second half of the book could have been much shorter. I got bored from chapter 35 onwards (it has 49 chapters in all). The plot fell short. It's one of those stories which started out really well but the later half of the book doesn't have much to offer. And it sucks more because it was supposed to be a thriller/mystery kind of story. The story could have ended at chapter 39. That's all. Thank you, next ☕

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    *gasping between breaths* sapphic inspiration of The Picture of Dorian Gray Blog | Instagram | Youtube | Ko-fi | Spotify | Twitch *gasping between breaths* sapphic inspiration of The Picture of Dorian Gray Blog | Instagram | Youtube | Ko-fi | Spotify | Twitch

  8. 5 out of 5

    ;3

    that release date should be illegal

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    I was so!!!!!! excited to read this one because a reimagining of The Picture of Dorian Gray with a queer female main character set in California sounds like EVERYTHING to me, but unfortunately this was not for me. The entire plot was completely bizarre (which, fair considering it is a Dorian Gray reimagining tbh), but I really struggled to believe the things that were happening or to care about the characters at all. This clearly didn't work for me, but if you're looking for a YA book with a dar I was so!!!!!! excited to read this one because a reimagining of The Picture of Dorian Gray with a queer female main character set in California sounds like EVERYTHING to me, but unfortunately this was not for me. The entire plot was completely bizarre (which, fair considering it is a Dorian Gray reimagining tbh), but I really struggled to believe the things that were happening or to care about the characters at all. This clearly didn't work for me, but if you're looking for a YA book with a dark tone/plot, this might be something you would enjoy! CW: toxic mother/daughter relationship, abusive parent, animal cruelty, drowning, arson, mass shootings

  10. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    I feel like I have been given an incredible honor!!! Henry Holt & Co., thank you so much for the ARC. I have been beyond excited for this title and am really looking forward to picking it up! Original: ...gender-swapped Dorian Gray reimagining... I feel like I have been waiting my whole life for this! And with reflective sunglasses on the cover! 🥰 I feel like I have been given an incredible honor!!! Henry Holt & Co., thank you so much for the ARC. I have been beyond excited for this title and am really looking forward to picking it up! Original: ...gender-swapped Dorian Gray reimagining... I feel like I have been waiting my whole life for this! And with reflective sunglasses on the cover! 🥰

  11. 5 out of 5

    ✨ jamieson ✨

    "Inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, this sexy psychological thriller explores the intersections of love, art, power and violence. " YES YES YES YES YES "Inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, this sexy psychological thriller explores the intersections of love, art, power and violence. " YES YES YES YES YES

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elle (ellexamines)

    the inherent homoeroticism of The Great Gatsby

  13. 5 out of 5

    Althea | themoonwholistens ☾

    “sexy psychological thriller”?? where? [ i still think the right person can enjoy this story but it was, obviously, not my kind of story ] The premise led me to believe that this would be about murdering sapphics that was inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray… spoiler: (1) there are sapphics but they aren’t murderous, (2) I see how it could be TPoDG inspired but that was a stretch in marketing. I was disappointed because I was really looking forward to this book, especially with that cover. There “sexy psychological thriller”?? where? [ i still think the right person can enjoy this story but it was, obviously, not my kind of story ] The premise led me to believe that this would be about murdering sapphics that was inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray… spoiler: (1) there are sapphics but they aren’t murderous, (2) I see how it could be TPoDG inspired but that was a stretch in marketing. I was disappointed because I was really looking forward to this book, especially with that cover. There is a way to write about toxic relationships and manipulation without coming across as enabling it. I know because I have read books that have represented it well. This was not one of those. I was really hoping the romance would pull through in the end but it was just toxic, manipulative, and full of lies from both parties that I lost track. What is this about? This is a YA mystery-thriller that revolves around two sapphic girls, photography, and murders. That's the bare minimum I can give because I think the synopsis of this book is misleading. Something I want to address right off the bat is about Lily's (a supposedly Asian character) descriptions. The first time she was introduced, Lily was described (and I quote) like this: “She looks Asian” ?? what do you mean?? what do you mean she ”LOOKS ASIAN” This is conforming to the stereotype of the Asian monolith. NEWS FLASH: not all asians look the same. As an Asian, I can tell you that I had no idea how to picture this character. I hate how there wasn’t even any other description about her before… things happened. She was just cast as “that Asian girl” and you know what… I’m very tired of it. And with a name of Lily? Do we know any other Asian name aside from Lily? (no shade to any Lilys out there! cool name :>) Full of choppy writing, details that made no sense, red flags, and toxic behavior. I find it tricky with Mystery-Thrillers sometimes because I’m not sure right away if the toxic nonsense is the point of the story or it really is problematic, in this case, it was problematic because the resolution didn’t feel satisfying in the least bit. (view spoiler)[The fact that Veronica knew that Mick had a photophobia and still proceeded to take her photo without Mick’s knowledge was already a red flag to me. (hide spoiler)] What message does that say? that it’s okay to consciously trick someone even though you knew it was wrong from the very start? It's so annoying because it wasn't a one-time thinking. So many versions of this happened throughout the story. Other than that, there were so many holes in the details and the writing. There were certain scenes wherein it feels like it skipped a line where it was supposed to mention a detail. I understand if this was an ARC but I read a final copy so it should’ve been resolved in editing. If the details were not missing, they were just stupid (i.e. what kind of lifeguard has no extra set of clothes?? and I've never heard of paramedics taking an hour to arrive??) The plot and the conflicts felt so silly, mainly because the character relationships had no backbone. Mick’s relationship with her mother just sucked and wasn’t given justice or a proper explanation. I don’t think it was well written and she was just a bitch. There are so many triggering contents but what puts me off is that they weren’t resolved nor addressed properly. If you’re going to write about manipulation and toxicity, you need to be able to handle the consequences and realities of it. WOW it’s obvious how frustrated I was. I would understand if the point of the story was the toxic relationship and how that was dealt with it but it wasn’t. The story wanted to focus on the murdering aspect (i guess) but the details just made it feel like there was always something missing. I can’t begin to explain how many times I wrote “too many unrealistic and unbelievable details” in my notes because as the story went on... they just kept piling up. Which might not be noticeable to some people but when it comes to contemporary stories, I enjoy them more when they have more touch of a reality. I didn't even realize it was mick who had neon pink hair until half way through the story oops And the characters… just made no sense? I found a lot of the dialogue to be cringey and the chemistry between the main characters whole cast was nonexistent. I get that teenagers can make stupid decisions but even those who weren’t teenagers in the story were acting immature and it’s like everything was written to give the main character the hardest time possible without considering the consistency of the book. The characters and their mindsets annoyed me and bothered so much. UGHHHH ANYWAYS... I feel like the story would have been better if the perspectives weren’t between Mick and Veronica. I maybe would’ve enjoyed it more if it was from the perspective of one of them and then from the perspective of someone else. It just removed too much of the thrill of the story itself because as the readers, you already know everything that both of them were thinking… so everything was so obvious ohmy, I knew who the killer was from the start. WHERE'S THE THRILL. Overall, I didn’t like the message that the story delivers about manipulation because it normalizes it without giving actual or realistic consequences. It comes across as very enabling. The plot was so weird and not at all what I expected for a “Picture of Dorian Gray retelling”. Events felt rushed without being given the proper time to be processed by the readers before we move on to another major plot point that has a different tone to the previous plot point. Thus, there was little impact on the parts where I think it could’ve been more hard hitting. I don’t think the themes that they aimed to communicate were particularly well written. The only character I somewhat liked was Veronica’s mom because she was the only one in this whole situation who even acknowledged properly that the relationship/s toxic. But in the end, even that was glossed over and wasn’t resolved properly (I keep saying that). I wasn’t attached to any of the characters even though they interested me at first. I don’t think they were built up enough before all the drama and nonsense started. My favorite aspect was the times when it points out that women should stop apologizing but I don’t think even that was well represented and was just forced into the story. I got bored less than half-way through the plot and I just continued to see if how things would resolve. There is an "open ending" if I can even call it that. Don't read this if you want a satisfying ending that makes sense. It's not that. ↣ This wouldn’t be at the top list of things i would recommend. These aren’t the kind of thrillers that I enjoy because it mostly just feels like the purpose of the story is to make you uncomfortable (not even in the good way LOL) while trying (but failing) to add romance. If you can look past everything I just said and enjoy this story for what it is... I’m happy for you. This just gave me no joy and while i do like thrillers… i still expect satisfying endings and developments. Or at least to have themes that are written in a way that makes you feel something. ↢ I kinda get what the author was trying to do... but this was not it. I don't want to read about one-dimensional toxic and manipulative characters surrounded by even more characters that see no wrong in it and enable it. — overall thoughts: 1.5 — ⇢ content warnings// (view spoiler)[Animal cruelty, Animal death, Car accident, Child death, Death., Drowning, Emotional child abuse, Imprisonment, Kidnapping, Manipulation, Murder, Panic attacks, Stalking, Strangling, Suicidal ideation, Violence (hide spoiler)]

  14. 4 out of 5

    lily ☁️

    Wendy Heard said “Dorian Gray, but I’m making it a sexy psychological thriller about sapphic girls and murder”, and we’re here to listen. 🔥 Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Bloglovin’ Wendy Heard said “Dorian Gray, but I’m making it a sexy psychological thriller about sapphic girls and murder”, and we’re here to listen. 🔥 Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Bloglovin’

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard is a young adult thriller that is inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray. This isn’t a retelling of the classic but a new modern young adult psychological thriller that you can feel the same artistic dangerous essence of that original story infused in the pages of this one. Veronica is a photographer who is very much stuck in a rut with her work and trying to find something new and fresh to inspire her. That is when Veronica meets Mick. Mick is exactly the She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard is a young adult thriller that is inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray. This isn’t a retelling of the classic but a new modern young adult psychological thriller that you can feel the same artistic dangerous essence of that original story infused in the pages of this one. Veronica is a photographer who is very much stuck in a rut with her work and trying to find something new and fresh to inspire her. That is when Veronica meets Mick. Mick is exactly the muse that Veronica needed in her life but Mick is shy and afraid of the camera lens after being raised by a self centered mother who is all about a life of fame and being in the limelight. With a bit of deception Veronica convinces Mick to pose for her and gets the shot of a lifetime she had been looking for. Soon Mick and Veronica are inseparable and falling in love when Veronica brings Mick into her best friend Nico’s world of dramatic exibitions he calls art but border between pranks gone wrong or even terrorism as things begin to spiral out of control. She’s Too Pretty to Burn really starts off feeling very much like a contemporay young adult LGBT romance with the shy girl being swept away by the much braver outgoing teen. However, it doesn’t take long for things to heat up beyond the romance taking a darker turn into so much more to put a reader on the edge of their seat. It’s easy to see how the author was inspired by Dorian Gray as this has the same elements with the art, passion and eventually danger around every corner as it progressively becomes darker as the story goes on taking it far away from the contemporary beginning. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melanie (mells_view)

    ”That girl? That’s a girl on the edge. Give her a push, and she’s going over.” This is not at all what I expected. The first half is 80% toxic teenage relationship, 20% ART IS MY PASSION. The second half is chaos. Pure. Unadulterated. CHAOS. I mostly enjoyed the first half, but the second half had me so blown. I think if you want a YA book that’s dark and chaotic think Heathers but make it artsy, then She’s Too Pretty To Burn may tickle your fancy. The reason I gave this book 3* is because I could ”That girl? That’s a girl on the edge. Give her a push, and she’s going over.” This is not at all what I expected. The first half is 80% toxic teenage relationship, 20% ART IS MY PASSION. The second half is chaos. Pure. Unadulterated. CHAOS. I mostly enjoyed the first half, but the second half had me so blown. I think if you want a YA book that’s dark and chaotic think Heathers but make it artsy, then She’s Too Pretty To Burn may tickle your fancy. The reason I gave this book 3* is because I couldn’t keep up with what the heck was happening here, and the relationship that was featured was uncomfortably toxic. That said, although I was baffled and bothered, I also couldn’t put it down. TW: toxic relationship, neglectful parent, dubious consent, death, violence, murder AVAILABLE NOW!! *ARC

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tammie

    She’s Too Pretty To Burn, a young adult book, was a solid 4.5 stars. The book, told in multiple POVs, centers around teens Veronica and Mick, as well as Veronica’s best friend Nico. Veronica and Nico are heavy into the art world-Veronica with her photography and Nico into (much illegal) shocking and dangerous art installations. When Veronica meets quiet and introverted Mick at a party, they start a relationship that pulls Mick into their dangerous art world. She’s Too Pretty To Burn, was an inte She’s Too Pretty To Burn, a young adult book, was a solid 4.5 stars. The book, told in multiple POVs, centers around teens Veronica and Mick, as well as Veronica’s best friend Nico. Veronica and Nico are heavy into the art world-Veronica with her photography and Nico into (much illegal) shocking and dangerous art installations. When Veronica meets quiet and introverted Mick at a party, they start a relationship that pulls Mick into their dangerous art world. She’s Too Pretty To Burn, was an interesting and enjoyable book to read. The characters are well-developed and realistic in nature. I honestly didn’t know that the book was going to take the interesting turn it did but it made it all the more exciting to read. Highly recommend to fans of young adult and thriller books. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    this cover 😍🔥

  19. 5 out of 5

    Juliana (Midnight Book Blog)

    I have very, very mixed feelings on this one. RTC

  20. 4 out of 5

    solanne

    there is truly not a single line of this synopsis that doesn’t sound intoxicatingly enticing

  21. 5 out of 5

    christine ☽

    okay, listen! - sapphic YA thriller 🌹 - gender-swapped Dorian Gray - sapphic 💮 - underground San Diego art scene - did i mention s a p p h i c ? 🌸

  22. 5 out of 5

    theresa

    'Inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, this sexy psychological thriller explores the intersections of love, art, danger, and power' AHHHHHHHHH sapphic thriller! sapphic thriller! sapphic thriller! I also talk about books here: youtube | instagram | twitter 'Inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, this sexy psychological thriller explores the intersections of love, art, danger, and power' AHHHHHHHHH sapphic thriller! sapphic thriller! sapphic thriller! I also talk about books here: youtube | instagram | twitter

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alice 🔮

    i heard "gender-swapped dorian gray imagining" and "her introverted girlfriend" so here i am... i heard "gender-swapped dorian gray imagining" and "her introverted girlfriend" so here i am...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eva B.

    Things I Like: Oscar Wilde, The Great Gatsby, sapphic romance, artsy books, THIS COVER! Things I Do Not Like: E. Lockhart, YA thrillers/murder mysteries Do you see my dilemma?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    OH MY GOD THIS SOUNDS AMAZING

  26. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    ***Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of SHE’S TOO PRETTY TO BURN by Wendy Heard in exchange for my honest review.*** 5 THRILLINGEST STARS (thrillingest needs to become a word because SHE’S TOO PRETTY TO BURN is such a book) Shy awkward Mick, high school swimmer and daughter of a narcissistic mother meets and falls in love with photography phenom Veronica. V’s best friend and shadow, tagalong Nico, who has a propensity for blurring the lines between art and domestic terro ***Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of SHE’S TOO PRETTY TO BURN by Wendy Heard in exchange for my honest review.*** 5 THRILLINGEST STARS (thrillingest needs to become a word because SHE’S TOO PRETTY TO BURN is such a book) Shy awkward Mick, high school swimmer and daughter of a narcissistic mother meets and falls in love with photography phenom Veronica. V’s best friend and shadow, tagalong Nico, who has a propensity for blurring the lines between art and domestic terrorism, accepts Mick into his inner pranks-gone-wrong circle. The three dance on the edges of love, friendship and violence as people start dying. As a fan of Wendy Heard’s adult thrillers, so when I learned she was debuting a YA novel, I was eager to read. SHE’S TOO PRETTY TO BURN is one of the best, most thrilling thrillers I’ve ever read. It’s a true thriller, not a mystery falsely advertised as such. Heard challenged me as a reader to get past some biases I have that usually turn me off. What appeared to be Veronica and Mick’s instalove was more insta unbridled passion. The love between the young women wasn’t gentle and tender, as I’ve come to expect. Their kisses were often unexpected, abrupt and rough which reminded me of the romances Kalinda from TV’s THE GOOD WIFE. She’s a bisexual investigator whose many romances mirrored Veronica and Mick’s. A decade ago, I saw Kalinda’s romances as abusive. Mick and Veronica made me realize because it was consensual, the roughness was merely a different style than me. I can’t remember the last time a book gave me such a personal insight. SHE’S TOO PRETTY TO BURN touched me in other personal ways. Some of the scenes between Mick and horrible mother could have been directly from scenes from my childhood with my father, almost as if Heard had been an observer. Let any reader who finds it over-the-top send me an email. Both Veronica and Mick were complex, flawed characters. I identified more with Mick, yet understood Veronica’s artistic ambitions even though her choices wouldn’t have been mine. My favorite character was Veronica’s wonderful mom. I loved their relationship and how she was open-minded, sex-positive yet she had boundaries and appropriate anger toward bad behavior. SHE’S TOO PRETTY TO BURN is pretty much the perfect thriller. I can’t wait to listen to the audio when it’s available.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Allie (alliewithbooks)

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for sending me this ARC. I was really disappointed by this book in so many ways, and on top of that there were some things that genuinely made me uncomfortable. Also, I want to mention that this has little to do with The Picture of Dorian Gray. I could see how it was trying to be kind of a retelling, but the framing was confusing and lacked impact. I feel as though if maybe Mick was an interesting character and perhaps the book had been her perspective an Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for sending me this ARC. I was really disappointed by this book in so many ways, and on top of that there were some things that genuinely made me uncomfortable. Also, I want to mention that this has little to do with The Picture of Dorian Gray. I could see how it was trying to be kind of a retelling, but the framing was confusing and lacked impact. I feel as though if maybe Mick was an interesting character and perhaps the book had been her perspective and Nico’s perspective, then perhaps it might have worked better. I also want to mention that none of the murders are committed by the two main characters, which I was under the assumption that that would be the case from how it has been marketed. A lot of the beginning of this book has instances of dubious consent, where Veronica is pushing boundaries with Mick and not listening to her when she says no whether it’s about kissing or taking her picture. And then there’s the scene at the gala where sexual pictures of Mick (who is 17 years old) are sold at auction. These are just some of the instances that are uncomfortable and weird in my opinion. Another thing I found strange was the obsession that Veronica had with Mick. Their relationship is presented as something good and they get a happy ending, but I don’t buy their relationship at all. There’s no real chemistry and I don’t even see how they’re friends let alone girlfriends. Veronica is constantly going out of her way to violate Mick’s privacy and personal boundaries. It just feels like a really toxic relationship that never gets addressed. And I would get it if the tone of this book was satirical and it was meant to be like Heathers or Kill The Boy Band, but it’s played pretty serious. I also really didn’t like that so many of the scenes were repeated and basically just written slightly different in order to fill up space. Mick is continuously whining and sad and uncomfortable, and Veronica is constantly making her feel that way. It’s the same thing at least a dozen times with no resolution and no character growth or development. These characters are basically the same people they were at the beginning. The only redeeming quality was the writing. It was really nice but simple, and I enjoyed that. But other than the writing, this book failed for me in every level.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Boyd

    3.5 stars- I loved the idea of this book- A Dorian Grey retelling but make it sapphic. I mean it is everything I could want out of a story. First, the aspects I did love. The characters were all pretty morally grey which is my favorite. The writing was fast-paced making it easy for me to finish it in under a day. Also, that cover! My main problem was that this story was predictable. I pretty much guessed the ending to the T. Other than the predictability, I did like this book and think anyone ob 3.5 stars- I loved the idea of this book- A Dorian Grey retelling but make it sapphic. I mean it is everything I could want out of a story. First, the aspects I did love. The characters were all pretty morally grey which is my favorite. The writing was fast-paced making it easy for me to finish it in under a day. Also, that cover! My main problem was that this story was predictable. I pretty much guessed the ending to the T. Other than the predictability, I did like this book and think anyone obsessed with the thriller genre would like it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    j.chestnut

    murder mystery but gay??? where do i sign up!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tessa

    Holy—F—Wow! Guys, this is officially my first ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ in MONTHS. She's Too Pretty To Burn was pitched as a wlw modern re-telling of The Picture of Dorian Gray, and let me tell you, it delivers. This book is true to it's core inspiration. It's a story of love, of fear, of obsession, of murder. All the trappings you'd expect to find, but done in a fresh and delightful way that will had me absolutely devouring it every step of the way. We follow Micaela "Mick" a swimmer from a troubled home with a tru Holy—F—Wow! Guys, this is officially my first ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ in MONTHS. She's Too Pretty To Burn was pitched as a wlw modern re-telling of The Picture of Dorian Gray, and let me tell you, it delivers. This book is true to it's core inspiration. It's a story of love, of fear, of obsession, of murder. All the trappings you'd expect to find, but done in a fresh and delightful way that will had me absolutely devouring it every step of the way. We follow Micaela "Mick" a swimmer from a troubled home with a true fear of being photographed and Veronica, the girl who can't help but see the world through the lens of her camera. They fall fast and hard for each other, despite their differences, and Veronica enfolds Mick into her world, her family, and her friends. Introducing Mick to her best friend Nico seemed like just the thing to do, but when they get involved in Nico's not-quite-legal artistic endeavors things go from the frying pan and into the fire when someone turns up dead. Can Veronica trust the people she loves? Can Mick trust herself? Let's take a second to talk about unreliable narrators and how using that trope well can just make the entire book: We spend a lot of time wondering if Mick is any kind of stable. She goes through horrible thing after horrible thing and you watch it chip away at the very core of her each time, only to come back as something —darker. I ate it up every time. Fantastic usage. Meanwhile, Veronica is a refreshing blend of flawed and truly kind. Her art is everything to her and that often makes it hard for her to remember that there are feelings outside of her own. But honestly, she was sweet, funny, brave, and kind of an asshole. I adored her. There are times when they are both destructive to each other, but these instances are not ignored. This is was a realistic love story for their age group. Messy, flawed, even destructive at times, but they were also loving, supportive, compromising. A love story for the girls in that wacky place between teen and adult. I was initially worried that the relationship was going to remain toxic and self-serving, but as we persevered, so did they, and I enjoyed when they were honest with each other and not dismissive of the other's feelings. Lovely. The complicated situation surrounding Nico was *chefs kiss* wonderful conflict in so many ways. You don't need a love triangle to bring up these types of emotions, no. Jealousy and obsession can come in many forms. And the ending? My gosh, every time I thought it had ended we had another peak into the madness and I am a SUCKER for this entire thing. LISTEN, if you are a fan of books that explore the dark side of the human heart while showcasing what makes it beautiful — you've got to pick this up when it hits the shelves 30 March 2021. I will be pre-ordering it myself, because I need it on my shelf. *my thanks, as always, to the Publisher and Netgalley for gifting me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review.*

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