Review: She's Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard (Spoiler-Free)
~ Thank you so much to NetGalley and Henry Holt and Co. for providing me with an early copy in exchange for an honest review! Release date: March 30 ~
'You're a living, breathing piece of art.'
'Everyone's favorite little thing.'
This book glitters, not in the light, but in the dark. When I heard there was an upcoming YA release inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, I knew I needed it immediately. I wanted to further explore those themes of vanity, of obsession. And boy, did this book deliver.
What happens when one's muse isn't a willing participant? At one point does reality supersede the art? This book explores these questions expertly all while maintaining a breathtaking aesthetic. Yes, the story is told through black words on a white page, but I didn't see words, I saw a blaze.
I don't want to discuss plot here because I truly think this is best experienced with the little knowledge I've already given you. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys unlikable characters, psychological dilemma, and sparkling darkness.
Song I was reminded of while reading: Emperor's New Clothes