NOTHING LEFT TO BURN
March 13, 2018, Razorbill/Penguin
The autumn morning after sixteen-year-old Audrey Harper loses her virginity, she wakes to smoke. An enormous wildfire sweeping through Orange County, California, is now dangerously close to her idyllic gated community of Coto de Caza, and it’s time to evacuate.
Over the course of the next twenty-four hours, as Audrey wrestles with the possibility of losing her family home, she also recalls her early, easy summer days with Brooks, the charming, passionate, but troubled volunteer firefighter who enchants Audrey–and who is just as enthralled by her. But as secrets of Brooks’s dark past come to light, Audrey starts to wonder if there’s danger in the pull she feels–both toward this boy, and toward the fire burning in the distance.
Snapshots of the setting (Orange County, California // Tesoro High):