W.O.W.: Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down

Posted July 27, 2016 by shooting in Uncategorized / 11 Comments

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I haven’t done a WOW post in awhile, but apparently I’m slacking on new posts lately, so I thought it was about time that I shared one! I keep track of certain books I want on Amazon and Goodreads, and this is one I found on Goodreads!


Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down by Anne Valente

Out: October 4, 2016

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Official SummaryThe lives of four teenagers are capsized by a shocking school shooting and its aftermath in this powerful debut novel, a coming of age story with the haunting power of Station Elevenand the bittersweet poignancy of Everything I Never Told You.

As members of the yearbook committee, Nick, Zola, Matt, and Christina struggle to capture all the memorable moments of their junior year at Lewis and Clark High School amid documenting a horrific tragedy—a deadly school shooting by a classmate. But the shooting is only the first inexplicable trauma to rock their small suburban St. Louis town. A series of mysterious house fires have hit the families of the victims one by one, pushing the grieving town to the edge.

Matt, the son of the lead detective investigating the events, plunges into the case on his own, scouring the Internet to uncover what could cause a fire with no evident starting point. As their friend pulls farther away, Nick and Christina battle to save damaged relationships, while Zola fights to keep herself together.

Doesn’t this just sound great? I’m fascinated by books that deal with school shootings, because it does happen. It’s horrific, but it happens, and books sometimes help you understand a bit more. I like that this book seems to be more than just the shooting though. I also love a good mystery, which I’m assuming this one is, based on the summary.

What do you think? 

11 responses to “W.O.W.: Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down

  1. Wow this sounds intense. I like the POV here. Tough, but necessary. I think we have to talk about this subject with our kiddos and even have this discussion with other adults, but this is just so hard.

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