I was so so looking forward to reading Firecracker, I love New Girl and when I heard David Iserson has written for New Girl, I got just a tad (a lot) excited. I don’t know what I was expecting, maybe to be rolling around in stiches at this book, and I was a couple of times, but I mostly just found it entertaining and that’s about it. Entertaining isn’t a negative word to use to describe a book by any means I just wasn’t sucked in and loving ever second.
As I mentioned Firecracker does have some hilarious scenes and banter. I was laughing aloud at some of the things Astrid did and said.
I got out and walked over to Noah. I tried to play it casual by making a joke about his tiny car. “When men have really ridiculous flashy cars, it usually means that they have small penises. Your car, I guess, points to a very large penis.”
“It’s my mom’s car,” he said. “She let me borrow it.”
“Your mom’s penis must be enormous,”
Not the most mature line but who doesn’t love penis humour!
I really liked the writing of this book, I barely ever read a book which is in third person (I think its third person, I always get confused). Astrid is telling the story that happened in her past, it made some of the funny moments funnier as narrator- Astrid was able to add some witty remark about the scene. I also enjoyed the flashback scene to when Astrid was younger.
Astrid is an amazing character, she is such a sarcastic bitch and I love it! She’s so entertaining as a spoiled rich girl – money doesn’t mean squat to her. She loves her family in a way in a pitying sort of way – she really sees them all as loveable and harmless but pretty pointless. Except her Grandfather whom she loves as she is a mini version of him.
“I have to convince your parents.”
“I convinced my dad that the whole world travels back in time for daylight savings. Just say it in a serious voice. He’ll believe anything.”
This book isn’t all jokes though, Astrid takes a pretty serious journey of self-growth, she goes from a smartass, no-shits-given bitch to a caring, selfless person (though still a smartass). She tries her best to help those around her in her own special way (which usually means insulting them) and makes some really mature decisions.
I did not grow attached to the romance between Astrid and Noah at all. Noah is sweet, caring and kind and I didn’t see why he would be attracted to Astrid who more or less used and insulted him until she realised that maybe she actually viewed him as a friend and then eventually more. I did like that aspect though, I liked that Noah was the first person Astrid ever let herself call a friend.
So going into this book I was not expecting some of the heavier issues in it that Astrid has to face. There are some stuff in her and her families background that have more or less been shoved into the background and just ignored. Astrid shows her true inner strength when dealing with another upsetting issue in the novel and it just caused me to admire her more.
Overall, I really liked the book, I just didn’t love it and it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting.