She’s Too Pretty to Burn | Sticky Note Review

Three teens, art, and some murder.

Six Word Summary, the tl;dr of summaries

What makes something art? Is it still art if it’s destructive or potentially causes bodily harm to other people? If so, is it not just destructive social commentary? Where’s the line?

The summer is winding down in Sand Diego. Veronica is bored, caustically charismatic, and uninspired in her photography. Nico is insatiable, subversive, and obsessed with chaotic performance art. They’re artists first and best friends second. But that was before Mick. Delicate, lonely, magnetic Mick: the perfect subject, and Veronica’s dream girl. The days are long and hot—full of adventure—and soon they are falling in love. Falling so hard, they never imagine what comes next. One fire, two murders. Three drowning bodies. One suspect . . . One stalker. This is a summery they won’t survive.

Inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, this sexy psychological thriller explores the intersections of love, art, danger, and power.

Publisher’s summary, Henry Holt & Co.

Sometimes it’s nice to switch things up. I say that knowing full well that I tend to read stories with queer characters, and especially queer characters of color. But I haven’t done a psychological thriller in a minute. Honestly, I was surprised at how fast I blew through it. I’ve been reading slower than usual lately.

Also — insipired by Dorian Gray? Yes, please. I’m definitely an Oscar Wilde fan.

And the Sticky Note Says…

StickyNoteReview for She’s too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard. ⁣

SNRtbs She’s too Pretty to Burn solidified the phrase, “Well, that took a turn into my reading vocabulary. It’s an interesting look at relationships – familial, romantic, friendship- and how those relationships are tested in the wake of destructive performance⁣ art. Mick and Veronica’s instalove wasn’t the focus of the narrative so much, though their infatuation plus personal circunstances did guide some of their more questionable decisions. ⁣

She’s too Pretty to Burn was a heck of a ride. And you won’t get the title until you get to the very end. ⁣

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