Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

October 24, 2012 Young Adult Book Reviews 4

Title: Burn for Burn [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: ARC
Pages: 358
Source: Once Upon a Twilight Book Tours
Release Date: September 18, 2012
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: An intriguing premise with some fun moments.

About the Book: BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY…

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.

I’ll have to start off saying that although I didn’t hate Burn for Burn, I didn’t particularly care for it either. Sure I liked it enough to keep reading and not want to strangle myself, but I was pretty “meh” from beginning to end, with maybe some entertaining parts here and there. The pacing was steady and flowed well so I read it fairly quickly. It was a bit confusing at first, alternating between all three characters’ POVs. A lot of times I kind of forgot who was who, but it came together alright.

Burn for Burn is basically one of those “you get what you pay for” books, meaning the synopsis pretty much says it all. It’s about these three girls who have been “burned” by a particular group of people and they’re ready to exact their revenge. One girl is just being the protective sister, another is tired of being the “popular girl’s” punching bag, and the last one needs closure with a guy from her past. I have to say that the overall atmosphere was a bit simple and trivial, but it was fun seeing the girls figure out how to burn those meanies. There was one particular scene involving a rock and a car that I really laughed at.

Probably the only thing that stuck out as the oddball of the story was that a lot of strange things surrounding Mary. Burn for Burn comes across as a pure Contemporary book, I thought, but for some reason, there’s this weird supernatural aspect with this character that seems out of place. I’m hoping there’s some significance with it and that things will connect in later books. Although this didn’t hit the mark for me exactly as I had hoped, I’m sure others will enjoy it and I know there are rave reviews for it already. The ending was kind of like a cliffhanger and not all things get resolved, so I’m really wondering where the authors are going with this series and I’m intrigued enough to find out.

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4 Responses to “Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian”

  1. Laura Ashlee

    So glad to see I’m not the only one who felt this way about the book. I was pretty unimpressed and the paranormal element was so out of left field. I listened to the audio and the upside to that is that I always knew who was in 1st person in the chapter because there were three different narrators. They did a great job, I just wasn’t that into the book. Great review!
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