Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: September 18th 2012
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.
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.