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"Setting the World on Fire" (Draft 2) by Maggie K.C. Au

Setting the World on Fire is a YA coming-of-age story that follows Rebecca DeMeyer, a rich and oblivious girl who enters the world of three drug-addicted bad boys. This first-person narrative also includes some sensitive content such as; profanity, sexual situations, and drug use.


Rebecca is extremely nieve for a seventeen-year-old who knows nothing of the real world. Will the bad boys enlighten her, or will they take her down a dark path?


The plot jumps quickly from one scene to the next, so there were a few moments where I was confused.


Rebecca's world is puzzling for me. Even after the end of the novel, I still don't understand where she came from, or where she is going.


The writing style is straightforward but lacks sufficient detail. I had a hard time picturing most of the scenes. When Au would throw in a stray line of detail, it would obstruct the picture I created in my head and distract me from what was happening on the page. Most of her sentences were well constructed, except for a few hiccups now and again.


There were a few times that I could relate to Rebecca, but overall I found her extream oblivion to be annoying. I also didn't care for any of the bad boys. I wanted to love/hate them, but they were just disrespectful and terrible to Rebecca. Most of the time, it made me mad and frustrated.


My favorite part was a scene right before the end. Rebecca stands up to an enemy that has antagonized her throughout the novel.


There were a few parts that left me frustrated, but the ending was particularly frustrating for me.


For now, I give Setting the World on Fire 2 out of 5 stars. After the expansion and development of the plot, characters, and setting, this is going to be a great story!


The best part about a draft is that it is a draft. The bones are laid out for a fantastic novel. The subtle details and development are going to bring this story to life! I am very eager to see the final result of this book.




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