If you’re looking for a book told in verse about two young Black teenage girls in love, you’ve found the right book. This book shines and I can’t wait for more people to read it!
Title: Nothing Burns as Bright as You
Author: Ashley Woodfolk
Genres: Contemporary, Poetry, LGBTQ+
I don’t see enough books in the world about two Black teenage girls in love. In the authors note at the end, Ashley says how girls love each other more easily and early on that sometimes its hard to tell when its just friendship and when it might be more than friendship and this book demonstrates just that.
This book is beautifully written in verse and I personally find books such as this best listened to on audiobook – so I would highly recommend listening to this one! I love hearing how the words flow when spoken aloud.
Two girls who are friends who discover through years of friendship they may be something more. Of love and of heartbreaks and heartaches and insecurities. Of not knowing how to be a queer Black girl in the world. This is an emotional ride, so buckle up. There is a lot of depth to this short book, at just 288 pages, it has a lot of story to tell. If you’ve never read poetry before its a little weird at first but once you get into it, I feel like it begins to flow.
I enjoyed this story and would recommend it – I’m constantly looking to read stories with narratives outside of my own white perspective and this one does a fantastic job of that.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – poetry or books told in verse are amazing audiobooks! If you’ve never listened to an audiobook before, I recommend starting with a book told in verse such as this. The words flow so it feels like a conversation rather than “he said” “she said” every other line. It’s a much more natural thing to hear and I loved this audiobook.
I usually listen to audiobooks quickly but I slowed down and listened to this on 2x speed.
As always, a reminder that 3 stars is still a good rating and I enjoyed this one a lot! If you’re looking for a quick read of two Black girls in love and how fire tears them apart, this is a great one to pick up.