The autumn morning after sixteen-year-old Audrey Harper loses her virginity, she wakes to a loud, persistent knocking at her front door. Waiting for her are two firemen, there to let her know that the moment she's been dreading has arrived: the 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 from Brooks's dark past come to light, Audrey can't help but wonder if there's danger in the pull she feels--both toward this boy, and toward the fire burning in the distance.
About the Author
A Southern California native, Heather Ezell was evacuated for a fire at the age of three and subsequently grew up with an obsessive fear of wildfires. She has been chasing reprieve from California's heat ever since--from the Rocky Mountains to Interior Alaska. Heather graduated from Colorado College with a degree in English literature and creative writing, and she currently lives in the Pacific Northwest where she writes, practices amateur ballet in the forest, and obsesses over the weather.
"Unfolding over the course of a single day, the narrative manages to mix the ticking-clock tension of the approaching, unforgivable fire with flashbacks that pull back the curtain on a mystery without slowing the pace...a gripping novel about finding out who you are under the worst circumstances, and still maintaining hope that your new sense of self will carry you through to better times." —Booklist
“[An] entertaining story of love, loss, and hope.” –Kirkus Reviews
"Perfectly paced....Readers of mysteries, of love stories, of stories about loss and grief, and of stories about finding strength will all enjoy this explosive story." —VOYA
“A searing and raw exploration of guilt and grieving, family and forgiveness, This unforgettable, slow-burning debut builds toward a stunning conclusion. Lyrical and evocative, Ezell's is a powerful new voice in contemporary YA literature.” —Elle Cosimano, award-winning author of Nearly Gone and Holding Smoke
“Devastatingly beautiful and masterfully woven, Nothing Left to Burn explores the compromises we make for love, and the strength it takes to speak difficult truths. Ezell’s stunning, electric prose had my heart racing—and aching—up until the very end." —Emily Martin, author of The Year We Fell Apart
“All-consuming first love, raging flames of a deadly wildfire, and a shocking revelation of an ending—a remarkable, absolutely original debut.” —Jennifer Longo, author of Six Feet Over It and Up to This Pointe
"As intense and consuming as its fiery setting, Nothing Left to Burn is nothing less than a fierce, explosive debut." —Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts