Author: Andrea Lynn Colt
Pages: 370
Publisher: Independent 
Format: Paperback
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Cheerleader Rose Whitfield's senior year goes up in smoke when she's framed for arson. Sure that the culprit is her neighbor Paxton, with whom she's been feuding since middle school, she sets out to clear her name and take Paxton down hard--not necessarily in that order.

My Summary:  Rose has never lived up to the typical cheerleader cliche: she's not ditzy or mean, and she definitely doesn't throw out guys like last spring's Prada - she's a good girl who loves her boyfriend and does everything she can to make her absentee parents proud.

Until she's framed for an arson - setting fire to her boyfriends family's boat - and has no choice but to sign a confession admitting her guilt. But Rose isn't going to take it lying down. She has a few suspects on her list - the first of whom her best-friend-turned-enemy / neighbour Paxton, and she's determined to clear her name.

My Thoughts: I really wasn't expecting to love this book as much as I did! The characters were extremely genuine and likable  and there were definitely some moments where I was laughing out loud. I was expecting it to be a little on the fluffy side, but Torched actually had a whole lot of depth and character development. 

I really liked the fact that the characters were as dynamic as they were. Rose was a great MC, and Paxton was a sweetheart. The romance was present in the right quantities, along with the mystery aspect. 

Final Thoughts: I recommend this to anyone who enjoys their contemporary lit with a bit of depth, and also to anyone who enjoys romance or YA.

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