A year ago, Penny Berne was the star of her high school’s theater department, surrounded by a group of misfit friends and falling in love for the first time. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, her new best friend is the most popular girl in school, and her first love, Wes, ignores her. Penny is revered and hated. Then, in a flash, a near-fatal lightning strike leaves Penny with no memory of the past year—or how she went from drama nerd to queen bee.
As a record number of fireflies light up her town and her life, Penny realizes she may be able to make things right again—and that even if she can’t change the past, she can learn to see the magic where she never could before.
The great thing about A Season for Fireflies is that it's so short. That sounds a bit like an insult but it actually isn't - this is actually a good book but it benefits from the fact that nothing is dragged out more than it needs to be. Sure, the pace is a little bit slow at times but this book managed to always hold my interest.
This book has a great plot - Penny has some personal issues and as a result she distances herself from her true friends and becomes popular and unattainable. Then, she is struck by lightning and forgets about the last year - the last thing she remembers she was a theatre kid, getting close to something more with Wes, her good friend. Watching Penny comes to terms with the person she had become is one thing, but then when she stops and looks she realises that neither version of herself is wrong and that she can combine both. It was really inspiring.
I feel like the only thing I didn't quite get was the thing with the fireflies. I feel like it was there as some kind of motif for the main plot but it just didn't mix for me - it seemed like a distraction rather than something that added to the plot.
Overall, there's not much to say about A Season for Fireflies - it was a good story which kept me entertained and it wasn't really too long as well. A pretty good summer read!
Overall Rating: B
Book released June 28th 2016 by HarperTeen
Book received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review