[Review] Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Friday, September 06, 2013

Title: Burn for Burn
Author: Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 358 pages
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: bought

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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.

So after having this book on my self for almost a year, I finally picked it up and read it And WOW am I so glad I did. This book was way more than I ever expected it to be, and I want to commend Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian for writing a contemporary YA novel like nothing I have ever read before.

First of all can I just say that the theme of revenge is very common in YA fiction, but to go the extra mile that these girls went to? Holy crap was that intense. I think what I loved most about this book was how quickly I began to feel for all three of the narrators. In YA fiction the hardest part is connecting to characters and especially the narrators. But in Burn for Burn we had three! And honestly I loved all three for different reasons.

Kat was great because she wasn't afraid to be different, but I also loved that as the story went on we got to see who she really was behind the tough exterior. Lillia was complicated character and I think it took me the longest to warm up to her, but in the end she became my favorite of the three. She was the one character that I think most readers can compare themselves too because of the fact that she is friends with one of the worst people ever. I swear Rennie is a witch in disguise and I thought her relationship with Lillia was perfectly complicated. And then there is Mary. Sweet innocent Mary who is the reason for all this revenge. Her connection to the island and her outsider approach was a great for readers to see what really is going on, and I loved that. And I loved how her character developed during the story, and how she hit full speed at then end.

The end. That is probably the best ending I have read in a long time. I honestly did not think the authors would go there, because it would lead to many different things, but I am so glad they did. What happened mean different things for different characters and I am so eager to see where they go in Fire with Fire. An amazing read that all YA reader need to read. These two authors are more then brilliant at what they do. They have a knack for tapping into the teenage girls mind and finding the best way to make their story incredible. It is just Brilliance.

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