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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 tPsychic 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 badgering her mother about the money in their wall. For the longest time, Lauren's mother didn't listen. Finally, she did and Lauren's mother hasn't had to work since.Jack would really like to connect with Lauren but can't figure out how. She's never looked at him twice. But when he experiences a mystifying event involving visions, voices and spectral visits, Jack 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....

Title : Streetlights Like Fireworks
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ISBN : 9781496155481
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Number of Pages : 268 Pages
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Streetlights Like Fireworks Reviews

  • David
    2018-11-10 00:06

    Well, to kick things off it would seem silly not to rate this book favorably (I did write it, after all). That said, I'm really excited about publishing STREETLIGHTS LIKE FIREWORKS and I hope those of you who read this one enjoy it as much as I did writing it. Thanks for all your support for JUMP WHEN READY too. I can't tell you how much it meant to me!

  • Reeka (BoundbyWords)
    2018-10-30 02:05

    As seen on my blog: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?Recommended for fans of: Contemporary, Mystery, Paranormal, Teen Romance, John Green, David Levithan, Markus Zusak.

  • Linzi
    2018-11-19 18:47

    I downloaded a sample of this onto my Kindle on a complete whim based on a very cool cover and the blurb. I couldn't buy it fast enough at the end of the sample. I got a lot more than I expected and I recommend it highly. I'd like to believe I would still have bought it, even if the Foo Fighters hadn't come up in the first pages of the book - Perhaps it was just a co-incidence - perhaps not :)If you hate anything slightly paranormal this might not be the one for you.David Pandolfe is a new author and new to me and the book was delightful. His writing style is quite spare he really does show instead tell - which made it a fast and funny coming of age book.I loved Jack (Pyjama Boy) and Lauren their interactions were funny but credible with only a very slight suspension of reality needed to really enjoy it. As opposed to the kind of "I made this amusing but actually its unrealistic and somewhat cringeworthy" that spoil many, what could otherwise, have been funny books.I don't want to say too much about the plotline - because I think coming to it with no expectations was one of the things that made it particularly enjoyable for me. I really hope there is a follow-up (not a cliffhanger ending - just more to learn about them)I'm always deeply suspicious of 5 star reviews for new authors - so I'd like to point out that I don't know the author, I bought my own copy, I review a lot of books and rarely give 5 stars and if you even download the Kindle sample I think you'll see this one is genuine - it's a great, fun book and more than that - it has soul!

  • Tracy Banghart
    2018-10-25 22:54

    One of David's greatest strengths is in creating well-drawn and unique characters. Jack and Lauren are no exceptions. They both leap off the page as real, interesting people, with their own quirks, baggage, and motivations. I loved Jack's voice; his thoughts combine rocker-dude cool with deep introspection in a way that was endlessly fascinating. Watching him unravel the mysteries of a strange guitar, his roadtrip companion Lauren, and his own life kept me on the edge of my seat, anxious to see how it would all play out.I LOVED the road trip aspect of the book. It reminded me a little of THE DISENCHANTMENTS by Nina LaCour, but Jack and Lauren's travels are all their own.I'm excited to see where David takes these characters next, particularly Lauren. She's one of the most interesting, nuanced female characters I've read in a while, and I'd love to see more of her. She's fiesty yet vulnerable...just very intriguing. More Lauren please! :-)STREETLIGHTS LIKE FIREWORKS is a quick, ambitious book that combines a variety of disparate elements - like ghosts and rock god guitars - to seamlessly create a unique and satisfying read. I highly recommend it!

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-27 21:51

    This book caught my imagination right away and I finished it within a day. I love the characters David creates. They're complex, identifiable and likeable. As the adventure unfolds, mysteries begin to be uncovered and solved until you discover something truly surprising at the end! (At least, I didn't see it coming!) I would love to see a sequel at some point that tells Lauren's story. She's got an unsolved mystery of her own...

  • Bill Tillman
    2018-11-07 03:11

    Streetlights Like FireworksOne of the best stories I've read this year. For someone who can not carry a tune in a bucket Thai tale rocked my world. The fact that Jack and Lauren go on a cross country chase to find a disappearing rock star and an old electric guitar is just the icing on the cake! Read this short tale, it took me about six hours while listening to the audio version while reading it on my Fire.

  • Kate McVaugh
    2018-10-30 18:59

    What a delightful book! I'll admit that it was the cover that grabbed my attention. I learned to drive in that very same VW bus, so how could I possibly pass up this story?Jack and Lauren are both charming and believable, and their journey is a great deal of fun.I look forward to their next adventure.

  • Jody
    2018-10-29 18:52

    All the stuff I love in books! Rock and roll, the thrill of a new romantic interest, the mystery of a deep connection that MUST be explored, and a road trip to cool city after cool city. David Pandolfe writes rich characters in interesting predicaments, the results of which I just HAVE to know. Loved Jack and Lauren, and their journey.

  • Glire
    2018-11-12 23:11

    Rating: 2.5Una historia dulce y que se lee rápido, pero que no tiene nada particularmente destacable. En definitiva:

  • Ashley
    2018-11-03 21:03

    I devoured this wonderful story! Thankfully, I was off work today and could do nothing more than read until I finished this book. It's stories like these that make reading so much fun.

  • Nina
    2018-11-17 19:09

    Can I just say that the cover is so adorable? I can actually stare at it all day long. Sure, my hopes and expectations for this one was higher than usual because of its cover. Of course, I was interested in the story. Nonetheless, I wasn't disappointed. I was even surprised as to how much I loved the novel after reading it.You know those novels which you think has everything in its synopsis but then you are so wrong because its story is much more than what is written in the synopsis? This novel tells a lot. It's not just about the psychic abilities that Lauren and Jack have or the road trip they went through to get an answer for that mystery. It was much deeper than that. And somehow, I felt like I was able to see what was going to happen too. Just like they did about other stuff.I loved Jack from the first page. He was this nerdy musician who can still be cool. His unique ability was just a bonus to his awesome personality. Despite him feeling very distant from his family, he still managed to be good to them. What he felt for the guitar was extremely weird (at first). Imagine yourself touching something then seeing a person or more like a memory of that person with that something. It was like you're invading someone else's privacy but then you'll somehow feel curious. What if that person needed that thing you touched right? Wouldn't you want to discover who that person is and deliver the thing to him/her?The journey that Jack and Lauren went through was funny, unpredictable and exhausting. I practically laughed a lot. Aloud for that matter. The chemistry between Jack and Lauren was undeniable. It was cute how Jack was all attracted to Lauren and yet he kept on trying to be rational and insisted on his self that they were just friends. You'll never really know what was going to happen because at some points, it seemed to be their dead end. I know they were going to have some answers but little by little, I was seeing more of an important discovery than just what Jack was seeing through the guitar. Just like I had my own unique ability, I was pretty sure of what I thought was the truth behind the mystery. Needless to say, I was right. Do you know how much I want to spill everything here? I want to say what that amazing connection between Jack and the guitar. It was totally bittersweet for me. But I guess lost things or even some lost people will definitely find their way back home.David's writing totally allowed the novel to be what it is supposed to be. He was able to incorporate a great mystery into the little things throughout the novel. Not just that, the feeling I had for the characters were surreal. I felt like I was with them throughout their whole journey. Personally, I just loved it. I can read this over and over and over again. Need to say more?The ending was a little bit of a cliffhanger to me. I'm crossing my fingers that there would be a sequel for this one. I also want to know as to why and how Jack and Lauren had those unique abilities.Streetlights Like Fireworks is a journey towards a lot of things. Funny, bittersweet and just absolutely adorable. What are you waiting for? Read this now.Originally posted at The Bookish Confections

  • Bayan Basri
    2018-11-02 01:50

    I'll start by saying that this book was one hell of a ride.(view spoiler)[Jack Atkinson, lives in a boring town located in Virginia where practically everyone's the same. The only way to be accepted there, is by your family's standards. Jack has his family's business, Atkinson Law Firms, so he's all good. Except not really.Because Jack has "visions" and "feelings" about stuff he couldn't possibly know about. But for the sake of his family he pretends these abilities don't exist. Until he gets a particularly strong vision and enlists the help of the only person who can possibly know what to do. Lauren is a loner and good at being one. Clad in all black clothes, colored streaks in her hair, and a freaky incident involving money stashed in a wall that got her and her mother moving to Virginia. Nobody wants to figure her out. Except for Jack.After getting starting information about the guitar that gave Jack the vision. He and Lauren go on a trip of a lifetime across the country to learn more about the mysterious guitar, each other, and themselves. (hide spoiler)]The best aspect of this book is that it has a lit bit of everything. Mystery, paranormality, self discovery and even a little bit of romance.Throughout the book we get to know more about Jack and how his ability affected him, and how keeping it hidden has impacted his life. Then we get to see how slowly by slowly he begins to unravel and loosen up with the help of Lauren. Great character development.Speaking of, I wish we got to know more about Lauren because I loved her as a character. She had a really interesting backstory that I wish we had delved deeper into.A recurring theme in the book, is kindness. The idea how people you just meet can be kinder to you than people you see everyday and how people mostly judge you on you outer appearance without really knowing anything about you as an actual person. So it was really great getting to read and relate to that.The pacing was great and the plot was definitely engaging, it keeps pulling at you. Everytime I put the book down there was this nagging voice in my head wanting to know more.The end of the book resolved the mystery of the strong visions Jack has been having but still has wiggling room for a sequel. Personally, I wanted to know what happens with Jack and Lauren when they return to Virginia, but C'Est la vie. I definitely recommend this books to all the mystery lovers (like me), and the contemporary fans out there.

  • Heather (The Real Bookshelves of Room 918)
    2018-11-07 02:09

    David Pandolfe has done it again; he’s wonderfully crafted a book that can’t be put down and will never leave your heart. It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Pandolfe’s so it’s no surprise that I love his second book, Streetlights Like Fireworks. Once again, Pandolfe’s story pulls the reader in from the first page and doesn’t let you go until the last. I was drawn into this story the moment Jack was chosen by the guitar. Having grown up with a father who plays the guitar, I was taken back to the many conversations about different guitars. In addition, I understand emotional attachment that comes with each guitar that each person owns over the years. I loved the blend of the mystery behind those stories and Jack’s struggle to understand his mysterious gift.Jack and Lauren are fantastic characters with unique gifts. It’s their gifts that make them quirky, outsiders. It’s also their gifts that bring them together. I loved reading the story from Jack’s point of view; his voice is what makes the story funny, interesting and mysterious. Speaking of mysterious, Lauren is one of the most mysterious characters I have met. Since the story is told from Jack’s point of view we don’t learn much about Lauren until Jack does. While I loved going on the adventure with both of them, I would love to hear Lauren’s thoughts. She is an amazing character. Not only did Pandolfe create two lovable main characters but the people they meet along their road trip are also well-developed. I couldn’t get enough of Tohru and Shakeesha who were two hilarious people I would like to meet in my own life. Besides the characters, the story itself is phenomenal.Pick up a copy of Streetlights Like Fireworks today; you will not be disappointed.

  • Seanean
    2018-10-27 23:08 most of his life, Jack has worked to hide his weirdness. As the son of a prestigious lawyer from the firm of Atkinson, Atkinson and Atkinson, it wouldn't do for him to be outed as a kid with paranormal visions.But for all his trying to hide it, his family has made it clear that he just doesn't fit in. And it feels like his parents are always trying to push him away. They even force him to go to summer camp, despite the fact that he's more than a little too old for it.On a trip to the local guitar shop, Jack holds a Fender Telecaster guitar for a just a few moments, just enough time to touch the strings, when a vision of a rock singer fills his mind and tells him to bring the guitar back to her.With his family fearing him and his friends in the dark about what he can do, Jack feels like he has no other choice than to approach the town outcast, Lauren, who has her own freaky history. Once together, they start on a journey that will change everything.Final thoughts: Decent read. It's a coming of age story for the kid who doesn't quite fit in. The paranormal doesn't really stand out, but some of the coincidences are strange. The final resolution was a little predictable, but the ending was kind of a let-down, though it does set the stage for a sequel. I'm not as enraptured as other reviewers appear to be, but I can definitely recommend it.

  • For the Love of Books
    2018-10-26 21:47

    5 StarsStreetlights Like Fireworks was a fun, quick read for me! I dove right in, and never resurfaced in the real world until the last word was written on the page. You instantly connect to the characters and want to be friends with them and cheer them on through-out the entire book. They were very easy to relate to and that just made the story that much better. I enjoyed being taken on the adventure with the characters and didn't want to get off their wild ride when it ended! This is a wonderful book and such a great read for anybody and everybody!~Lauren~

  • Emily
    2018-11-05 20:58

    I found this book by accident via the daily "Book Bub" email, which details all of the free books for each day. They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I did in this case ... and I'm very glad I did! I fell in love with the characters Lauren and Jack almost immediately! I could relate to their interests, and, being a child of the 90's, I felt very "close" to them. I will be starting book 2 later today ...

  • Leigh McQueen
    2018-10-24 21:54

    This was a great story told in an entertaining way. While some of the dialog left me wanting better communication, the story itself brought back vivid reminders of what it was like to be that age. The paranormal twist was a wonderful bonus. I do recommend it and will definitely read more from this author.

  • Onaiza Khan
    2018-11-17 20:13

    I had a feeling that this is going to be a great read and as it turns out you have to believe in feelings to like this one. It isn't often when I have tears in my eyes while reading a book, but I'm extremely touched with this one.

  • Polly
    2018-10-26 00:11

    Started today and it sucked me in couldn't put it down had to read it all. Highly recommend this book just loved it

  • shona mcinto
    2018-10-29 19:46

    GreatBrilliant story,I love this stuff and totally believe it really is. Exciting and a definate page turner,tho I worked it out quicker than the pages did lol

  • Tinus Nel
    2018-10-25 02:47

    Every now and then a book trots along that makes you wish you had written it. This is such a book, to the nth degree. Jack, a seventeen year old musician who does not quite fit in to his family's ordered life, is plagued by or gifted with visions, whichever way you wish to look at it.One day, whilst holding court with his band friend at their local music store, jack's attention is irresistibly drawn to a well-used Fender Telecaster hanging on display. As soon as he strums it, a vision of a red-headed woman, clearly the previous owner comes to him, imploring to reunite her with the instrument. The only person that Jack can think of to share this experience with, is Lauren, a loner at school who is known to have had visions of her own.From this basic premise develops a story that takes the two teenagers across America on a quest that will yield surprising outcomes. The plot is well thought out, and the story contains a fine balance of humour, human interest and suspense to make this a great candidate for a single-sitting read. The supernatural aspect of the book's blurb might deter readers who do not enjoy the genre, but the storyline here becomes quite credible and one finds yourself immersed in the characters' story. A five star rating for me goes to a book that I would reread to pick up more detail, and indeed, so engaging was this tome, that I looped straight from the end back to the beginning to pick up the threads.A great, great read.

  • Jenn
    2018-10-28 21:06

    Couldn't Put It DownI started this book two days ago and loved it so much that I read it during every spare minute. The characters were likeable, the journey was exciting without being unbelievable, and the psychic abilities were intriguing without being over the top. I didn't realize it was a young adult novel when I downloaded it, but I'm glad I did and can't wait to read the next book in the series!

  • Got My Book
    2018-11-01 01:11

    Also posted (with Bonus Author Interview) on my blog Got My Book.The first Jack & Lauren road trip is a fun YA Psychic Mystery that I liked better after listening to the second one.BOOK DETAILS:Streetlights Like Fireworks by David Pandolfe, read by Adam Verner, published Independently (2015) / Length: 6 hrs 46 minSERIES INFO:This is #1 of 4 (so far) in this Streetlights series. The first 3 are available on audio. According to the author, the narrator "expects Gem [#4] to be ready by the end of June." When asked if there would be a #5, he said "Yes, regarding another book in the series. They're fun to write!"SUMMARY:In November of 2014, I got the Kindle version of this book for free. (It is permafree, so you can pick up too if you'd like.) I read and liked it, but it wasn't an instant favorite. When the sequel, The Dragonfly Season, came out I read it and liked it enough that I was willing to accept the audiobook for review. I found that I really liked it in that format. (You can read my review here.)So, I put the audiobook version of this one on my TBR (TBL?). And I found that I liked this one better in audio format as well. This isn't any great surprise, since this is usually the case for me, if the narrator is good. (Note: This book has a different narrator than the others.)This is a leisurely tale that won't be for those who need constant action, but may be appreciated by those who like spending time getting to know great characters.CHARACTERS:Jack: The unsatisfactory son of a stuffy straight-laced family. He isn't a social outcast, due to his family's status, but he doesn't have a lot of friends either. He struggles with the fact that nothing he ever does or wants to do is acceptable to his family, and everything they want him to do is something he hates. I like that, despite the fact that this is a paranormal story, Jack is just so normal.Lauren: A social outcast who has found her circle of friends among other "gifted" people online. She takes charge and makes things happen, pushing Jack to do what needs to be done to resolve the mystery. She also serves as his guru, encouraging him to learn what he can do with his gift.Jack & Lauren: No InstaLove (& no Love Triangle)! Jack has had a bit of a crush on Lauren for a while now, but never had the courage to approach her. The relationship develops bit by bit (although it is over a relatively short period of time).PLOT:I think we started at the perfect point, when Jack "meets" the guitar that will change his life.  In the end, the mystery of the guitar is solved and Jack & Lauren have bonded. In between, we get to visit a lot of interesting people and places as they make their way across the country.HIGHLIGHTS / CAUTIONS:--Jack's description of LaurenI’ve always had this thing about moths. How they fly at night, beautiful spots and patterns not meant for our eyes. Everything about them intended for some other realm we might glimpse but never fully experience. Hidden. Magical. Secret. That’s Lauren to me. Jet black hair streaked with blue, green and sometimes red. Black eyeliner. Purple hoodie, gray jeans, black combat boots. A midnight rainbow.--Jack's comments on judging people based on their appearence:"...adults peg you for being a total loser if you don’t look like you just strolled out of an Abercrombie & Fitch catalog. If you dress in black or do anything suggesting “goth” everyone assumes you’re mainlining heroin while bent on suicide. It doesn’t ever occur to them that maybe it’s the football team and cheerleaders sucking back beers, smoking weed and hooking up while the “freaky” kids are home on Friday night reading a book or checking out stuff on Tumblr."I COULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT: Swearing (including 2 F words, used by one character during a single conversation) / Underage drinking (although he regretted it the next day) / Illegal driving OTHER CAUTIONS(?): Jack has to control his thoughts about Lauren to avoid embarrassing himself. / A briefly met character is said to have done "something" to his sister / They visit & stay with a lesbian couple who are friends of Lauren.NARRATION:Good differentiation of voices, emoting & pacing / Speed is really good. I was able to listen on regular speed (rather than my usual 1.25 speed) / Some might find his voice a bit deep for a high schooler. / His female voices aren't feminine, but he doesn't try to fake it so they are acceptable.

  • Sheryl
    2018-11-14 03:05

    Absolutely delightful. While I figured out where the story was going early on, I still thoroughly enjoyed the journey of getting there. This book is well-written and charming. The narration of the audiobook is very good and makes listening a pleasure. Thank you to my friend Linzi for the recommendation.

  • Denise
    2018-11-13 03:11

    Great diversion for a Saturday morning. Read this (free for kindle today) in a couple of hours, and look forward to the reading the next book in the series.Two believable main characters, a road trip, and a bit of the paranormal. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • Jessica
    2018-10-19 22:59

    (Mystery) Loved this book and can't wait to read the rest in the series. Great, relatable characters and enough paranormal weirdness to keep you guessing. Awesome to see a self published book be so fabulous.

  • Zoë
    2018-11-18 01:52

    Mystic mysteryTwo kids with gifts who don't understand their powers travel across america. An insightful reading and not a ghost insight strangely. Great read x

  • Rebecca
    2018-10-30 20:00

    Unusual. Lots of unexpected twists in this story. Intriguing. 4 star

  • Yazzie
    2018-11-06 22:12

    This book has a really nice feel to it and two main characters I enjoyed, but was a bit predictable and inoffensive. If those things don't bother you, it's a pleasant read.

  • Ruth Caves
    2018-11-10 01:04

    KnowingGoing with the flow has never been quite so interesting, but I knew what the ending was going to be long before it arrived.I frequently have instructional flashes myself. People eventually get used to your knowing who is on the phone before it rings.Good book, kept me interested and turning pages.