How to Start A Fire

How to Start A Fire

Book - 2015
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A trio of former college friends reunite twenty years later to share the stories of their adventures, rivalries, secrets, and losses while reevaluating the events of a single night that shaped all of them.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
ISBN: 9780544411630
Branch Call Number: FIC Lutz
Characteristics: 339 pages ; 24 cm


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Edwamau Apr 26, 2020

Lutz's Izzy Spellman series is funny and zany. Because of this I decided to try this novel. The story starts in 2005 and then continues to go back and forth on the timeline spanning 20 years with 3 different narrative voices. This caused a little disconnect but the story was interesting. The ending tied it all together in a thought provoking manner.

May 25, 2018

I usually read a Lisa Lutz book in 6-7 hours. This book was 12 hours plus three nights . NOT because it was good, but I just didn't want to finish it. There is no reason at all that the story should flip from "now" to "then" to "before then." I was so annoyed I had to walk away several times. Not her best work. Not horrid.

JCLEmilyD Mar 21, 2018

This is a humorous and intriguing story of three women. After meeting in college the story follows all three as they get older, make mistakes, fall in and out of love, and generally live their lives. The book is written from each women's perspective and jumps throughout time. Piece together the stories and learn about each women's past!

SPL_Stephanie May 04, 2016

This story wonderfully tied the life of three roommates and each of their struggles into one captivating tale. Each chapter followed one of the three characters through a specific moment in time. This unique style created suspense and intrigue, though it generated confusion at times. People who enjoyed "Eight Hundred Grapes" by Laura Daves or "The Art of Crash Landing" by Melissa DeCarlo will enjoy another story focusing on a flawed, yet admirably determined, female protagonist.

athompson10 May 03, 2016

Funny and smart with some biting dialogue. REALLY hated the constant moving back and forth between time periods. That multiplied by three characters made things confusing at times. (Seems to be a trend over the last five with new authors, this jumping back and forth stuff. Hoping the masters programs in creative writing will stop encouraging it and we can all get back to reading linear stories).

Dec 03, 2015

I too enjoyed the story but found the jumping back and forth between numerous time periods very confusing.

Aug 29, 2015

An easy read, it held my interest as it followed the lives of three friends, but I found the ending a little disappointing. Would be a good book club read.

Aug 17, 2015

I really like this author and I enjoyed this book thoroughly. That being said, I found the syntax a bit disorienting. There was a lot of jumping back and forth between different time periods. I think that, when an author does this with more than two (or three at the outside) time periods, that it can cause confusion.

I also wouldn't have minded more conclusive endings for the characters involved but I suspect that's just my personal propensity for wanting everything tied into a neat little package.

What I liked most about this book was the wonderful characterizations of the protagonists.

Jul 03, 2015

I've loved the author since her very first book, and this does not dissapoint. I was curious to read this since she has put the "Spellman" chronicles to rest. I actually enjoyed how she hopped around to different time frames and places, and in the end it all made perfect sense. Her trademark quick, smart-ass, intelligent humor is prevelant throughout.


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