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Streetlights Like Fireworks by [Pandolfe, David]
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Psychic flashes, haunting visions, missing persons and visits from ghosts. That's just their first date.

Jack has been getting on his parents' nerves for some time. Bad enough he's a rock musician, has crappy grades and hangs out with his "loser" friends. But Jack's ability to predict the future—well, that just annoys the hell out of them.

Jack's classmate, Lauren, is said to have unique abilities too. The town still talks about when she kept telling her mother about the money in their wall. For the longest time, Lauren's mother didn't listen. Finally, she did and she hasn't had to work since.

When Jack experiences a mystifying event involving visions, voices and spectral visits, he figures there's only one person to help him understand who's calling out to him and why. Before long, Jack and Lauren are off on a road trip of discovery that could provide answers to a mystery left unsolved for twenty years. More importantly, they might even unravel the greatest mystery of all—how every so often someone will accept you for who you are.

"This book was every kind of wonderful." - Bound By Words

"David Pandolfe has done it again; he's wonderfully crafted a book that can't be put down and will never leave your heart." -The Real Bookshelves of Room 918

About the Author

David Pandolfe is the author of two novels, Jump When Ready and Streetlights Like Fireworks. Currently, he’s working on a sequel to Jump When Ready, to be published in 2014. His short fiction has also appeared in literary reviews. While he’s still writing about himself in third-person, David should probably also mention that he lives outside Richmond, VA, with his wife, two kids and a dog who’s terrified of thunder (not the best situation since it thunders from spring until fall in Richmond).

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9e437c48) out of 5 stars 235 reviews
38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4a6354) out of 5 stars Not just for teens. May 15 2014
By Terrell ONeill - Published on
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I previously read Jump When Ready and liked it, so I decided to purchase this book. I knew that it would be geared for Young Adults and Teens, but as a teen in his sixties, I found this book holds up against many so called Adult books. The characters were well defined, the concept was interesting , and this book is well written. It is a quick read and sometimes that is just what a constant reader needs. Everything is here: Good Plot, Great Characters, and Well Written. I hope there will be a sequel because I would like to read further adventures of Lauren and Jack.
47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4a6660) out of 5 stars Polished, professional prose; reckless teen protagonists; loose ends left untied Aug. 7 2014
By Carol Kean - Published on
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I love the YA genre and those who capture the kind of soul searching that is unique to the adolescent coming of age theme. This is a well written novel with a POV character whose voice is compelling. Jack engages me from page one and holds my attention. As an adult, I cannot identify with his series of irresponsible decisions, justifying his impromptu cross-country road trip because his parents are just so uptight and yet so stifling and apparently unloving--its not a bad premise to start from but his attitude about them doesn't change at the end. Along the way, he meets other mid-life adults who "settled" for careers, paychecks, homes, spouse and kids, all these soul-killing things that adults inexplicably embrace. Again, a good starting place for the YA protagonist, but please, the author's politics just muddy the story like that black sock that sneaks into your laundry and turns a load of whites gray. How many more novels will insert snide judgments of people who doubt Al Gore's version of global warming?

I don't believe in lowering a 5-star ranking based on the author's politics. However, if the author inserts political views into the narrative in a way that's jarring, obvious, and not germane to the story, I get crabby. Add to that the way adults in this novel deliver heart-felt speeches about how their lives are so empty now that they're married with kids and living above the poverty level of free-spirited bohemies. Even Lauren's speech about her parents somehow doesn't sound authentic. I hear the author's thoughts and reflections, not the heart of a contemporary teen.

Any number of flaws, I might overlook, and rank the story only by how engaging it is. The scene with the school secretary (leading to the janitor in the gym) was annoying but I'd have let it go -- until the camp scene and Lauren's sham being so ridiculous, it's an insult to adults that a paid professional would buy it.

One thing I must applaud: Jack and Lauren may get drunk at 17 (without consequences) and drive without a legal license (without getting caught), but at least they exercise restraint and common sense about sexual behavior. That's more than can be said for a lot of teens (and adults), especially in fiction, where sex sells.

Without going into details (which almost always turn into plot spoilers), this novel delivers one lame-brained, irresponsible or untenable idea after another (the guitar swap; the road trips; the Facebook friends we're to believe are "so cool" but to me were the opposite). In the end, the list of things that annoyed me outweighed the things I liked about the novel, and the ending (not a cliff hanger, per se, but several questions are left unanswered) finally drove me to a 3-star rating, which, come on, is not that bad-- three stars mean the book is "okay" but not one I love and would promote to all my friends. I don't know this author, and he didn't ask me to review the book. It leaped out at me because of the premise (visions that come true).

Trust the 4- and 5-star reviews and consider that I'm a middle-aged mother of three who has no patience for teenagers who do what these two do.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4c0b34) out of 5 stars I REALLY loved it! March 16 2014
By Jennifro - Published on
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This book was a quick read, just like his last one. I didn't want to put it down... actually I'm not sure I did put it down. The characters are so wonderful, likeable and at the same time familiar. The story takes them on a wild journey where they get to know each other and themselves at every turn. I loved seeing one teach the other how to use his psychic gifts and trust his intuition. Where this gift leads him is the ultimate surprise. I'm reluctant to write too much about it as there are some really wonderful moments I wouldn't want to ruin for you. You should just read it!

2/2015 Just received this in the format of an audio book. The narrator is great! Nice pace, great job with the characters. I can now hear the story again as I'm driving or doing other things. Fantastic!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4d509c) out of 5 stars Loved it! June 13 2014
By FlowerGirl - Published on
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My sister recommended this book and I'm so glad she did. I'm 48 but I think my teenagers would like it too. It has some nice supernatural aspects but it's not pushy about it. I loved how the story unfolded. It was like unpacking a box of really cool stuff. You can't wait to see everything it holds but then you're sad when it's over. I'm going to have to read his other stuff now :-)
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4a4ef4) out of 5 stars Streetlights Like Fireworks is PURE feeling. It is a bounded SOUL April 30 2014
By Reeka aka BoundbyWords - Published on
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Dear Streetlights Like Fireworks,

I want to write you a love letter, I wanted to the second I turned your last page. Instead, I laid back on my bed, and allowed every SCREAMING emotion to take over my heart. I welcomed every feeling of awe, and pain, and longing, and freedom. That's what you felt like to me, you felt like freedom. How did you know that I needed you? I will never be without your words, in my my very BEING. You told me a story that I needed to hear, something that I know now, I won't ever be able to stop talking about, or remembering. You were written for me, there's no doubt in my mind.

David Pandolfe, you wizard of words, you absolute heart-string tugging GENIUS. I already knew I was going into Streetlights Like Fireworks prepared to enjoy it, as I've had the pleasure of reading Jump When Ready, and experienced similar feelings of elation. However, this new novel was in a class all on it's on, now stashed away in it's own special compartment in my heart. Jack is psychic, plain and simple, there's no getting around the fact that his ability to sense things, makes him different than everyone else in his life. Except Lauren. Who seems to be hiding abilities of her own. When Jack experiences a particularly intense psychic moment with a guitar, which included a vision of a red-haired woman, he knows he can no longer avoid the truth: he's special, and someone is trying to tell him something. One thing definitely leads to another, and soon Jack and Lauren are on a cross-country road trip to decipher Jack's visions, and, Jack hopes, to find the connection he KNOWS they share.

I'm not sure I needed to say anything beyond "road trip," to convince you that this book was every kind of wonderful. It was a mere 286 pages, but I could have sworn I read 800. There was such STRENGTH, and emotional detail in Jack's back story, such a solid tone of mystical uncertainty, and plain human curiousity: Jack yearns to figure out why he's so different, both mentally, AND physically, from the rest of his family. He's always felt like the one on the outside, looking in. There were few side characters, but each introduction of someone new felt like coming home. David has such an innate ability to craft a character so that you feel like you've known them ALL your life. I couldn't get enough of Tohru and Shakeesha, they were mesmerizing, and hilarious, and I wanted to jump into the pages and claim them as my OWN friends.

Seattle, Missouri, Denver...were only a FEW of Jack and Lauren's destinations, and there was absolutely no slacking on detail when it came to describing these beautiful locations. David Pandolfe had my senses FIGHTING for front seats, the way he seemed to capture every building, every glint of light on a window pane-I swear to you I FELT the heat rising from the concrete while Jack and Lauren walked. There is a scene near the conclusion, where the characters sit on a back porch watching the sea, and an expanse of mountains, and I say to you, with not one TRACE of a lie: my heart exploded. It completely shattered, and I sighed the sigh of the happiest person as I gathered the pieces back up. I cannot express to you with my useless WORDS, exactly what Streetlights Like Fireworks will do to you. This book is PURE feeling. It is a bounded SOUL.

There is a dangerous NEED for this author to be picked up, and seen, by the big 3 in publishing. I cannot wait for the day that I see David Pandolfe's books gleaming from every single bookstore shelf possible. His writing ranks with the likes of John Green, or David Levithan, and quite possibly, even exceeds them.

You will not be sorry that you picked up this book, so..I ask you, what are you waiting for?