(You) Set Me on Fire by Mariko Tamaki is exciting and relatable

Playing with fire is always going to hit you in the face and leave you with scars that you can’t wipe away. And it hurts, even more, when it’s caused by people who you used to love. Then, you have to hide it from your friends. What would they think of you?


You Set Me On Fire by Mariko Tamaki is full of action, drama, and romance. Tamaki has published thirteen books so far, both novels and comic books.  The author draws the reader in and makes it exciting. The novels made me want to grip on even tighter and keep reading.

This book is about a girl who has always had a problem with the scorching flame that she accidentally started with people she loved around her, both figuratively and literally. At a very young age, Allison accidentally set herself and her cape ablaze while she was setting up a bonfire in her backyard. Later on in her life, she caught herself on fire again while holding a cigarette for a friend at her high school prom. The burns on her neck from the fires that she had caused, acted as a reminder of what happened. She’s always trying to hide her scars from her friends because she’s scared that people will think that she’s a freak who sets herself on fire.  


When I started reading the first few chapters, I felt like I could relate to it. Allison, the main character, went through some really difficult situations and at that point, I felt as though this book was made for me. It drew me in and I was addicted. I took the book almost everywhere I went because I couldn’t wait to read what happened next. This book is for people who want to sit on the edge of their chair, gripping onto it asking themselves “What will happen next?”


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