On paper, Astrid Krieger should be the world’s most unlikeable narrator. She kind of hates everyone (except for her grandfather, who made his fortune developing nuclear weapons), doesn’t even really want friends, and is only concerned with power — the power of her reputation. On paper, she’s the last person you’d want to come in contact with, but in FIRECRACKER, she’s hilarious.
Astrid enjoys a good amount of freedom at her fancy boarding school. She has a certain notoriety that gets her what she wants — like her not-boyfriend “Pierre” who refuses to not be in love with her. But when her allies turn her in for cheating (something they’re all guilty of), she faces the worst punishment imagineable: public school.~ read more ~