How to Start a Fire

This book, How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz, is the story of a friendship spanning over many years. Anna Fury, and Kate Smirnoff (yes just like the vodka), were once college dorm roommates. They like the same music, they have the same sleep schedule, and that’s about the only thing that they have in common, yet they’ve become best friends. One night, they find George Leoni tucked under a willow tree, sleeping off the many drinks that she had. They take her in, and after a weekend get away, they become fast friends with her as well.

Over the course of years, these three girls become real close friends. This story shows how the friendships have ebbed and flowed, from each girls point of view. It also shows the way that the girls and the friendship has changed through out different parts of their history. From the early 90’s, to the present day, when they all are either married, or have children, or are chugging along in their fantastic careers.

This book was very funny, and it was also charming, but the fact that it jumped around so much in time turned me off. I usually love books that go back and forth in time, but this one seemed to do it randomly, with out very much tie in to the current story. Since there were so many time jumps, it was hard to keep track of who was doing what, and when it was happening. Other than that, I thought this book was good. It showed how friendship can last through almost anything, and how your closest girlfriends can become your family.

This book gets 3 out of 5 stars for me, I was really hoping for a book that would blow my socks off, but it just didn’t cut it. I had heard a couple of good things about this book, so maybe my expectations were just too high.

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