Monday, May 5, 2014

Streetlights Like Fireworks Book Review

I have a really good YA Fantasy book to share with you that is quirky and full of surprises for our young main character called Streelights Like Fireworks written by Davio Pandolfe.
Psychic flashes, haunting visions, missing persons and visits from ghosts. That’s just their first date.

Jack has been getting on his parents’ nerves for some time. Bad enough he’s a rock musician, has crappy grades and hangs out with his “loser” friends. But Jack’s ability to predict the future—well, that just annoys the hell out of them.

Jack’s classmate, Lauren, is said to have unique abilities too. The town still talks about when she kept badgering her mother about the money in their wall. For the longest time, Lauren’s mother didn’t listen. Finally, she did and she hasn’t had to work since.

Jack would really like to connect with Lauren but can’t figure out how. She’s never looked at him twice. But when he experiences a mystifying event involving visions, voices and spectral visits, Jack figures there’s only one person to help him understand who’s calling out to him and why. Before long, Jack and Lauren are off on a road trip of discovery that could provide answers to a mystery left unsolved for twenty years.  
More importantly, they might even unravel the greatest mystery of all— how every so often someone will accept you for who you are.
My Thoughts:
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book at first but once he finally got to talking to Lauren and they set out on their adventure, things really started popping and it was a fun, upbeat, and totally insane journey! There is no violence, no really bad language nor is there anything going on between Jack and Lauren other than finding out that they like each other.
So, you can feel safe about your young teen reading this book and not getting any wild ideas. It is about some teens who have some ESP like powers but they are on a mission to return something to someone and in the process they find a few new friends along the way. Jack also makes a very huge discovery about himself and his parents and why he always felt so different from them.
It's not one of those beat up teenagers type of book, it really is mostly about Jack discovering things about himself and coming to terms with his gift. Lauren has a gift also and thru her and her friends, he learns to accept his gift and in doing so, he opens himself up to new possibilities, including a relationship with Lauren.
I really enjoyed reading this book once I got into it and for once, it was a book with no violence or dead people, just a nice book on teens becoming aware that they have some gifts and can do good things with them. It's about both Jack and Lauren being comfortable with who they are and accepting that they are different in a good sort of way.
It's really worth reading for you and your teens!
Happy Reading!

About the Author: 
David Pandolfe is the author of two novels, Jump When Ready and Streetlights Like Fireworks. Currently, he's working on a sequel to Jump When Ready, to be published in 2014. His short fiction has also appeared in literary reviews.
While he's still writing about himself in third-person, David should probably also mention that he lives outside Richmond, VA, with his wife, two kids and a dog who's terrified of thunder (not the best situation since it thunders from spring until fall in Richmond).