I'd Rather Burn Than Bloom
When Marisol’s mother dies suddenly following another of their disagreements, she blames herself and engages in self-destructive behaviours: she ruins friendships, abuses alcohol, and starts a violent incident at school that causes her to be sent to juvenile hall. There she meets Elizabeth who helps Marisol on her journey of healing and self-discovery by encouraging healthier ways to deal with her loss and emotions. Suitable as an individual, book club, or literature circle novel, this fast-paced coming-of-age story realistically portrays a teenager dealing with complex trauma and deals with topics of grief, friendship, forgiveness, family dynamics, identity-building, and love. Social considerations noted; guided discussions and student supports may be needed.