Wildfire by Fiona Wood
Life? It’s simple: be true to yourself.
The tricky part is finding out exactly who you are…
In the holidays before the dreaded term at Crowthorne Grammar’s outdoor education camp two things out of the ordinary happened.
A picture of me was plastered all over a twenty-metre billboard.
And I kissed Ben Capaldi.
Boarding for a term in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sibylla expects the gruesome outdoor education program – but friendship complications, and love that goes wrong? They’re extra-curricula.
Enter Lou from Six Impossible Things – the reluctant new girl for this term in the great outdoors. Fragile behind an implacable mask, she is grieving a death that occurred almost a year ago. Despite herself, Lou becomes intrigued by the unfolding drama between her housemates Sibylla and Holly, and has to decide whether to end her self-imposed detachment and join the fray.
And as Sibylla confronts a tangle of betrayal, she needs to renegotiate everything she thought she knew about surviving in the wild.
A story about first love, friendship and NOT fitting in.
I absolutely adored this book and I was able to connect with the main girl Sibylla a.k.a Sib. Who wouldn't want a term away from school to be in the outdoors? Okay your still learning and doing school work but you get to do so many fun outdoor adventures! For Sib it all started with a billboard and getting kissed by the hottest/most popular guy in school, Ben Capaldi. Sib's life essentially changed overnight before going away on the wilderness camp and throughout the term she really found out who her friends were.
Lou is the new girl at the school and is trying to move on from the past, while I haven't read Six Impossible Things I certainly am looking forward to reading it now with Lou appearing in it. Lou lost her boyfriend is a car accident is trying to come to terms of it without her other friends who are in France on exchange, their way of trying to move on. You couldn't help but love Lou while she struggled with all the emotions that she has in her mind she finds peace with Michael who is Sib's best friend, a running addict (he has a good reason) and might possibly be a genius. I loved the scenes between Lou and Michael because it was pure friendship dealing with the process of moving on and loving someone who only loves you as a friend.
Holly is Sib's other best friend whom from the get go I didn't like she remind me too much of someone who in high school was exactly like her. The way that she pressures Sib into a relationship with Ben isn't something that a true friend would do and then becoming best friends with him, telling Ben things that Sib doesn't want to do or talk about. This isn't a friendship but sadly that is the reality of high school, people use you to get what they want not caring if they hurt your feelings along the way.
Sib doesn't know what to do with Ben, she has never had a boyfriend before and he was her first kiss. I'm sure every teenage girl on the planet knows these feelings and then the pressure of sex on top of that relate able for everyone. The way the whole story is told allows you to connect with the characters, if you've been a teenager you should be able to connect with this book!
Wildfire is an amazing book that once you start you cannot put down! With stories of love, betrayal and friendship Wildfire is a book that everyone must read!