Burn for Burn by Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian
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Burn for Burn
Author: Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Series: Burn for Burn #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover,368 pages
BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY…
THEY GET EVEN.
Lillia has never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. Not until this summer, when one went too far. No way will she let the same thing happen to her little sister. Kat is tired of the rumours, the insults, the cruel jokes. It all goes back to one person– her ex-best friend– and she’s ready to make her pay. Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she’s not the same girl anymore. And she’s ready to prove it to him. Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won’t stop until they each had a taste.
Burn for Burn was a fantastic read. It is full of realistic high school drama with a splash of supernatural that easily sucked me in after only reading a few pages. I constantly had a feeling of needing to know what happened next. If you think that Burn for Burn might be a predictable contemporary YA, trust me when I say you have no idea what this book has up its book sleeve.
Jar Island was a beautifully breath-taking unique setting. How freaking cool would it be to live on an island? I imagine maybe being a townie might get boring because you grow up around the same people, but I am sure it is not hard to stir up trouble and Burn for Burn shows that.
Mary was a bit of an oddball character and I wish that she had a bigger part of the story. I kind of understand how they might have down played her character for a reason though. I will admit it kind of drove me cuckoo how obsessed she was about this person that had bullied her. For a character like Mary I would have hoped she could healthily move on in life and show that you can survive through anything. What happened to Mary was awful and unacceptable. For a person to do that to someone was a terrible thing to read about. Overall I liked her and look forward hopefully to seeing her character grow.
I freaking loved Kat, seriously I think she is one of my favorite characters. Some of her scenes were just so kick ass with this whole take no prisoners vibe to it. She had a vulnerable side and that was nice to see, though even if it wasn’t shown I would have still loved her. I think how mushy she got over a certain guy was unrealistic for Kat though. Kat just doesn’t seem like the type to fret over some guy, but all the fun revenge stuff made up for it.
I am not really sure how I feel about Lillia. She seemed like a very relatable character and someone you want to like. The same thing I said with Mary I will say about Lillia, what happened to her was a terrible travesty to have done to a young woman. I am uncertain though if I understand her reaction to it all. Maybe it truly didn’t sink in what happened but she seemed worried one second and the next off doing something else like nothing happened. Lillia choice in friends is not the best, but I believe she was more than capable of stepping away from that group and she didn’t do that.
I don’t know if I should love or hate Alex. I can’t tell if his intentions are true or he is just really good at lying. The things that happened to him though are completely hilarious and I didn’t feel bad for him at all. All I have to say about Rennie is it’s a long fall off that pedestal sweetheart. The revenge was a superb part of Burn for Burn. Some of it was laughable because to an adult it just seems so petty. As I think back to my own high school experience though, I really did start to understand why they were doing what they did.
I want to talk about the ending now. I think I should just rip off the band aid and say my true feelings. The ending was a cheesy Carrie rip off. *Cringes* Do you know how hard that is to say about a book I really do love. It all just happens so fast and there wasn’t much build up to the supernatural part of this book. The whole time the supernatural part was happening I was confused as to what was going on. There were tiny freak accidents but honestly it was just something I had looked over. I wish a little more had been explained, but I think the readers are left with a wanting for a reason. It does however have me completely curious about what will happen in the next book. Maybe this means we will finally see more of an improved Mary. I think this series will keep getting better and better. I look forward to reading Fire with Fire and finding out what happens next with Mary, Lillia, and Kat.