Reviewed by Makenna.
The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes follows three different teens as they learn that their stories are far more connected that it seems. Molly, a “child of trauma” has always been different. Ever since her father set a building on fire killing six people, and her mother committed suicide, Molly was stuck with her parents’ choices following her around. Pepper is more concerned with girls and his embarrassing epilepsy dog than school. The two are brought together under strange circumstances to solve the mystery of cold war victim Ava Dreyman. It is well written and keeps you guessing until the very end, however there is a fair amount of language and mature content. This book was very intriguing to read, and it kept you guessing until the very end. It also offered some interesting topics to ponder. Overall, it was a good book; however, it does contain stronger language and mature themes.