"Aaron Starmer skillfully welds sharp humor, deep loss, and roaring escapades. Truly the smartest and funniest book about spontaneous combustion you will ever read." —John Green, #1 bestselling author of The Fault In Our Stars

A TIME magazine Top 10 YA & Children's Book of 2016!
An ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection

With all the perfectly lovely young adult novels out there, you decided to check this one out? It’s got spontaneously combusting teenagers in it, dude. Not the slow burning type either. We’re talking the randomly exploding variety. Seniors in high school just walking along, heading to class, whistling Beyoncé, when—WA-BAM!— they’re suddenly dripping off the lockers.

Is that really something you’re into?

Confession: I’m actually kinda into that too. So, now that we’ve established we’re both thoroughly weird and, I assume, thoroughly open-minded, we can give it shot, right? Let’s at least read the opening chapters of this bad-boy and see if it features some of the more intriguing elements such as...

- Exploding teenagers (obviously).
- Hallucinogenic mushrooms.
- Pyromaniacal boyfriends.
- Triplet toddlers in powder blue suits.
- Amur leopards and doomsday preppers.
- A foul-mouthed female POTUS.
- Ashtanga yoga.
- ­Youtube sensations.
- Self-driving Priuses.
- Rogue FBI agents.
- Mad scientists.
- Homecoming.
- Spring break.
- Prom.
- And … Jennifer Lawrence.

Notice how I put Jennifer Lawrence last. She’s in the book, so it’s not cheating. And hey, if it takes America’s most beloved movie star to sell this thing, then that’s what it takes.

So, in closing: Jennifer Lawrence.

"Wildly inventive." — Entertainment Weekly "Must List"

"This comically surreal novel that will blow your mind.”— People Magazine

★ "A blood-soaked, laugh-filled, tear-drenched, endlessly compelling read." — Kirkus, starred review

★ "A wholly original YA tale of identity, friendship, love, lust, and gory, grisly death." — SLJ, starred review

"Bursting with heartache and gore, Mara’s narration appeals directly to readers’
senses of horror and humor." — Horn Book
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published on August 23, 2016 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0525429743
ISBN-13: 9780525429746
1 Book Review
  • grapefruit
    grapefruitover 4 years44 starsFeatured
    Why would a kid just suddenly explode? Why would a FBI agent come to town? And why are students fleeing the school? In an unexpected class, Mara's fellow classmate Katelyn suddenly explodes--giving the students quite a fright. The experts rule it out as spontaneous combusting, when the human body suddenly explodes. And that's just the start of the losing streak--of student lives--that strikes Mara's little town. It seems every week, every day a student dies the same painful death, which keep the remaining students on their toes. Meanwhile, Mara flirts up a storm with dangerous and exciting Dylan, and her BFF Tess starts discovering new mysteries at school--all in the hope that the curse avoids them. An unique, surprisingly fascinating tale, Spontaneous will open your eyes to every answer you want about growing up--and blowing up.