Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Obtained: Book Expo America (Physical ARC)
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Series: Burn for Burn #1
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Burn for Burn Goodreads Summary
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 Review
Burn for Burn by Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han starts off rather… mysterious. Kat is rather straightforward with her story as far as why and how she got hurt and why she wants revenge. Lilian and Mary wait ’til the middle of the book to get their stories out in the open. It makes a lot of sense as far as their characters go, though. I was sitting there thinking, “Spit it out! Why don’t you like this person?” Patience, young grasshopper!
Burn For Burn has three narrators. Kat, who is the tough girl who is basically the instigator. Lilian, the sweet girl who just happens to be friends with all the popular kids and she is ANGRY. We’ll find out why! And then Mary, a girl who revisits her past after years of therapy.
I like how the people they’re putting the revenge on aren’t 100% mean characters. Even though they don’t like Alex for various reasons, he’s that adorable guy friend who seriously looks out for his BFF’s interests. When hearing Mary’s story, we know that Reeve isn’t always as horrible as the unforgivable thing he did to Mary. Oh but Rennie? Rennie is just awful. Plain and simple. Even though she has a sweet moment here and there, oh my word! I am so awful for saying this, but she really needs to learn a lesson. Especially after what she allowed to unfold in Lilian’s story.