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Publisher's Summary

From a New York Times best-selling author comes a story of unexpected friendship - three women thrown together in college who grow to adulthood united and divided by secrets, lies, and a single night that shaped all of them.

When UC Santa Cruz roommates Anna and Kate find passed-out Georgianna Leoni on a lawn one night, they wheel her to their dorm in a shopping cart. Twenty years later they gather around a campfire on the lawn of a New England mansion. What happens in between - the web of wild adventures, unspoken jealousies, and sudden tragedies that alter the courses of their lives - is charted with sharp wit and aching sadness in this meticulously constructed novel.

Anna, the de facto leader, is fearless and restless - moving fast to stay one step ahead of her demons. Quirky, contemplative Kate is a natural sidekick but a terrible wingman ("If you go home with him, might I suggest breathing through your mouth"). And then there's George: the most desired woman in any room and the one most likely to leave with the worst man.

Shot through with the crackling dialogue, irresistible characters, and propulsive narrative drive that make Lutz's books so beloved, How to Start a Fire pulls us deep into Anna, Kate, and George's complicated bond and pays homage to the abiding, irrational love we share with the family we choose.

©2015 Spellman Enterprises, Inc. (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Kim
  • Jacksonville, FL, United States
  • 05-14-15

Not what I expect from Lisa Lutz

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. In fact, I told my sister to only read it if she had read and re-read everything she wanted to read.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The story jumped around so much I never really found anything interesting.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

As for her voice and her portrayal of characters, the narrator did a fine job. She didn't convey the parts that were supposed to be humorous as such. She read them flat.

Do you think How to Start a Fire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Nooooooooo.....please, no.

Any additional comments?

I have read all of Lisa Lutz's books. They are all highly entertaining. Maybe if I had read this book in print instead of listening to it, I would have found it more enjoyable.

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  • janet
  • shelby township, mi, United States
  • 05-25-15

Read this book - don't listen to it

I strongly recommend this book be read rather than played. The chapters skip back and forth to various decades and it was very hard to keep track, especially if you only listen to a few chapters a day like I did. I'm playing it again so I can catch some of the details that I missed the first time. Overall the story was interesting and well-written, but I wanted it told in chronological order. I've read all of Lutz's other books and found them hilarious. This book is not funny.

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Unsure

I love the books Lisa Lutz writes and become invested in the characters, follow the plot and enjoy it through to the end with the exception of this book. I could not bring myself to care about anyone in this story. It wasn't a bad story, it was just one I listened to but failed to connect with or enjoy.

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  • Karen
  • Bellevue, NE, United States
  • 08-05-17

Its all over the place

Would you try another book from Lisa Lutz and/or Tavia Gilbert?

The reason I read this title is that I read Lisa Lutz, Spellman series and loved them and I laugh out loud for real. I also enjoyed listening to the narrators Ari Graynor, and Christina Moore. I didn't care for Tavia Gilbert, a little over done for my taste.

What was most disappointing about Lisa Lutz’s story?

The story is all over the place, and I don't know or care about the characters

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tavia Gilbert?

Ari Graynor

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

A state of being weary, and angry I used my credits on it.

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Appallingly Bad

What would have made How to Start a Fire better?

I can't imagine how this book got published.

Has How to Start a Fire turned you off from other books in this genre?

If the genre is bad writing, poor plot and irritating characters, then yes, I am turned off to other books in this genre.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful