Thursday, January 31, 2013

Review: Burn for Burn

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: September 18th 2012
Pages: 368
Source: Library
Genre: Contemporary


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.

This is not a book that I would normally pick up, but I have heard a few people say they liked this book, so I decided I would have to give it a chance. Though I did enjoy this book more than I might have thought, in the end I really didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to.

The only thing I really liked about this book was the island setting. Every scene seemed so pretty and exotic, it was perfect for this winter season. 

Burn for Burn is told in three different points of view, Kat, Mary, and Lillia. The split perspectives in this story did seem quite necessary, and I did like getting to know each character, but I really felt like Lillia was the dominant narrator of the three, when it should have been more equal. I don't feel like I learned the story of Kat or Mary as much as I wanted to and little simple aspects of their lives were just blank.

This  book is about revenge, and each girl wants to get  revenge on a different person for different reasons, and they help each other with each plot. The reasons for each girl wanting revenge I think are quite minimal. Mary is the only girl who I thought had a justified reason to want revenge, and even so the revenge they chose was mean and severe for each person. I really didn't like the methods chosen, or the motives.

The ending of the book was extremely rushed and confusing. I have no idea what was going on at parts of the last few chapters, and then the story just stops all of a sudden. The was no conclusion to the story, it was just empty. There is also going to be a sequel to this book. This book does not need a sequel. Despite the fact that the book ended not so well, there is no need for there to be more. The story could have ended the way it did.


  1. Gah, there is nothing worse than sequels to books that DON'T NEED A SEQUEL. I own this book, but from what I've heard, it doesn't seem like something I'd like...I'll probably get to it eventually, though. I'm curious!
    I mean, the island setting sounds pretty cool, so there's that. :D

  2. Yay! OMG, I read this too! Is it cool if I rant for a bit? Okay. I totally agree with the whole Mary situation. NEWS FLASH: She deserved revenge more than anyone. Honestly. She just so happened to be the most mellow between all the girls. That annoyed me to the point of insanity. Then - DID YOU NOTICE THAT PARANORMAL TWIST AT THE END. It was so abrupt and I just couldn't comprehend/ keep up. I re-read it like 5 times to actually get what was going on. That basically knocked off a star for my review. NOW NOW NOW, THERE's A SEQUEL. It simply did not - DOES NOT need one. I don't know if I want to read the sequel. I feel as if I'd hate the 1st book, because of the 2nd. (I gave Burn for Burn the same rating.)

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