Fiery by Alyssa Astra

Fiery by Alyssa Astra
Fiery by Alyssa Astra
Publisher: Prizm Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (257 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

Aiden Adams, a transgender teen, begins writing in a journal when he moves to a new town named Ashmore and begins “passing.” He is counting on everyone to believe that he is the every bit the male he appears to be. Writing in his journal helps him unclog his brain as he writes about the daily struggles he faces as a transgender teenager, his painful past that he is trying to forget, the new friends he is making, and the beautiful girl named Abby whom he has fallen in love with. Aiden has already come out to his open-minded mother, but will Abby be just as understanding?

When Aiden loses his journal, he worries that the secret he is trying so desperately to keep will come out. And if it does, how will everyone react? Will Abby be able to cope with everyone knowing that he is transgender? Will his new friends accept Aiden for who he really is—a boy—or will everything fall apart?

There’s something to be said for making a fresh start in a new town and a new school.

Aiden had such a well-rounded personality that often I felt like I was eavesdropping on his thoughts instead of reading words on a page. He was simply that three-dimensional and interesting! I only grew to like him even more as the plot progressed because of how detailed his explanations were of what was going on in his mind and in his life. He was a very easy main character to get to know.

While I usually enjoyed Aiden’s rambling thoughts, there were a few times when this tendency of his slowed the pacing of the plot down enough for me to be distracted by it. There was so much going on in this character’s life that I would have liked to hear more about the conflicts he faced and a little less about the random times that popped into his mind. With that being said, this only happened occasionally. I still really enjoyed his story.

The romantic subplot was handled nicely. I appreciated the fact that the characters who were involved in it were friends first and had quite a bit in common with one another. This is something that I really enjoy seeing because it makes it so much easier for me to root for the people who have developed feelings for one another to actually end up together.

Fiery is a thought-provoking tale that I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys reading journal-style books as much as I do.

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