Sep 18, 2012

Review: Burn For Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Burn For Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
September 18th, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers


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.

Every now and then I love a good bitchy book with drama and this one delivered! From the get-go we see that friendships are strained and not so peachy. Told from three points of view, Lilia, Kat, and Mary, life on Jar Island is anything but breezy. Lillia and Rennie are the schools Queen B's, but their relationship is more of a love/hate kind of thing. Lillia is tired of Rennie's selfish behavior and the way she treats the entire school. Kat was cast out of the cool kids club in middle school and that hurt is still very real. Mary left Jar Island and now she's back with a plan to get noticed by the one who broke her heart. We go back and forth between the three and soon enough, the three are in-cahoots to get what they want - revenge.

Each girl has her own reasons for revenge and the mystery behind those reasons are slowly revealed throughout the story. The build up is paced well, and when Mary's reason for leaving Jar Island was unveiled, I literally felt sick. Han and Vivian didn't sugar coat that retelling and my heart just sank. I wanted to climb in the book and kick some tail myself! You might read a lot of reviews about this book and if you do you will hear, "What was that ending about?" or something along those lines. Yes, the ending is almost something out of the horror film Carrie and a little unpredictable. Personally, I loved it! I *almost* didn't see it coming and I think teen girl will be captivated.

Burn For Burn is the new Pretty Little Liars....with a twist!

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