Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

burnforburn 1 Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan VivianTitle: Burn for Burn
Author: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: September 18th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Edelweiss
Series: Burn for Burn | Fire with Fire | Ashes to Ashes
3 owls Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Summary

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.

My Thoughts

3 different girls, wronged in 3 different ways, join forces to fight back and get their revenge. Lillia is a popular cheerleader, living the good life. After she is raped, she sees her sister heading in the same direction and Lillia seeks to take out the guy she sees as a threat to her sister. Kat is considered a loner, all thanks to Rennie, her ex bestie, who shunned her and made sure everyone else in the school did, too. Now Kat is ready to make Rennie pay. After having her heart broken by Reeve, and almost making the biggest mistake of her life, Mary is back at school and eager to punish him for what he did to her years ago.

The characters in Burn for Burn were great, you really got to know them and care about what happened to them. I felt like some of their interactions were a little childish, but overall, they acted their age. I liked the dialogue and found it realistic and snappy. As for the plot itself, I enjoyed following along as they joined forces and planned their revenge. I liked most of the revenge plots and thought they were appropriately nasty, save for one that involved drugs, which I considered over the top and didn’t like.

The book moved along at a nice clip, but it took a while for the actual group plotting to take place. For the first half, we learned about the 3 girls and their various circumstances. It was just about after the halfway point that they finally got together and actually came up with some plans. For me, that was when it got more interesting. The POV changed between Kat, Mary and Lillia every chapter. At first, I couldn’t tell the difference between them, but after a few chapters it was easier to tell whose story was being told.

One thing I didn’t like was that Lillia never faced the fact that she’d been raped. She never told anybody and instead of taking revenge out on the guy who did it, she targeted a guy she suspected might one day scam on her sister. That part felt unsatisfying to me. There was a (maybe) paranormal bit that was unexpected and frankly, didn’t fit in with the rest of the story. It wasn’t fully developed, so I’m still unsure if it actually was a paranormal element, or something else altogether.

I love the cover. The 3 MCs are there, and they actually look like they’re described inside the book. The title is unobtrusive, and I really like the font. The faded colors are perfect.

The sum up

An interesting and guilty-pleasure story. It wasn’t great, but I will definitely check out the next book in the series.

Connect with the author

Jenny Han:
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Siobhan Vivian:
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Purchase

The Book Depository paperback
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  1. The cover is so fab, eh?? I agree about the paranormal bit.. I kind of would’ve preferred to have left that part out. There were hints of it, but it still felt a bit crazy at the end. Still I really love both the authors writing style, and this one with them together was really great for the most agreed. Agreed re: the cover — so awesome that it actually represents the girls.
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