She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard (2021) Review

She’s too pretty to burn is Wendy Heard’s Young Adult, LGBTQIA, romantic thriller reimagining of one of my favourite classics – The Picture of Dorian Gray.

In She’s Too Pretty to Burn, we follow best friends Veronica and Nico, each an artist in their own right. Veronica is passionate about photography and Nico lives and breathes chaotic performance art. Then, they meet Mick, an incomparable beauty with a rocky relationship with her mother. One picture changes everything: we see Mick and her mom’s relationship crack, Mick and Veronica fall in love, the best friend’s dynamic completely change with the addition of a third person.

When two becomes three, disaster follows. I couldn’t say it better than the description “One fire. Two murders. Three drowning bodies. One suspect . . . one stalker. This is a summer they won’t survive.”

I listened to the audio book, and I loved how Frankie Corzo, Bailey Carr, Stephen Dexter brought She’s too pretty to burn to life. They made the perfect ensemble and delivered a great paced audiobook. I couldn’t imagine any other narrators.

I am not really into romance anymore, but I have to give props to Heard. Mick and Veronica’s relationship was beautiful and crucial to the plot. Their relationship was poignant, intense, epic and treated with respect. As teenagers you can feel their angst and their abandon to everything they do.
All the characters in this book were very well drawn and developed. I appreciate that there were consequences to the character’s actions and that there was a parent present. This book read as real life and, for YA fiction, it didn’t feel far fetched.

Wendy played fair with her solution and ended the book in a perfect note. I highly recommend this book to anyone who love thrillers, atmosphere and characters who feel real.

You don’t have to wait long to read this book, it comes out on March 30th and until then you can visit Wendy Heard’s website (https://www.wendyheard.com) to read the first two chapters!

I am so thankful to Wendy Heard, Dreamscape Media and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of She’s Too Pretty to Burn Audio Book in exchange for my honest review.

Enjoyability         9              Characters          10

Ambiance            9              Fairness               10

Plot                        9              Execution            9

My total rating: 4.66

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