"Burning Blue" by Paul Griffin is a mystery, but it's also much more. It's a social commentary on troubled teens. It's a commentary on cliques. It's a window into the lives of troubled teens. It's a fascinating and compelling read.
The story is told in first person narrative with the narrator, Jay, telling the story about Nicole, the stunningly beautiful girl who is disfigured when someone throws acid on her face. His story alternates with entries from Nicole's diary and a few notes from her psychiatrist's log.
Jay is something of an outcast. His father is a journalist but not a very successful one. Jay's mother died, and her death changed the lives of Jay and his father. Jay is a very sophisticated hacker whose attempts (successful) at hiding his skills make him seem inept with even a cell phone.
He decides to find out who is responsible for Nicole's disfigurement. The result is surprising. The author carefully doles out clues and pieces to the puzzle that finally all falls neatly into place at the end, even when the reader doesn't want to believe it.
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