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December 10, 2012

Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian


Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1)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 phone buzzes, and I reach over to my nightstand to pick it up. It's a text from a number I don't recognize.
This is Karma. I'm a bitch. Can you think of anyone who deserves a bitch slap?    Oh, yes, I can. I can think of a few." 
 
I did a Teaser Tuesday with that same quote but I think that it encompasses the book so well. Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian do such a great job in writing these three perspectives from these three completely different girls. Each one has this unique voice and attitude. There's no confusing who is who when you read the story. Lillia, Kat and Mary are all from different circles in school. You have the popular sidekick, Lillia, the rebel, Kat and the new kid no one really sees, Mary.

From the moment I saw the blurb on Goodreads I was interested in how they were going to bring this story to life. These three girls have all been screwed over by people they thought they could trust and they want revenge so they form what you could call a Revenge Club. They will help each other get back at the people that wronged them. I felt really bad for Kat. She lost a friendship that had once meant a lot and she had done nothing to deserve it.  But I also felt bad for Mary. No one deserves what she had to go through as a child. 

While I liked it, there was one thing that I didn't enjoy. I wanted to see all the people get the revenge they deserved and I thought they spent too much time on Lillia's revenge against the first guy. Even so, the revenge he got wasn't that great. To be honest, his revenge was kind of lame and child's play pranks. She was the least one I connected with because I didn't feel she had that good of a reason to even want any revenge.Thankfully they got better from there. 

The girls worked very well together and I liked that we saw them getting closer and beginning to trust each other. It showed their development. Kat's revenge was next and I really wanted to see her ex-best friend/annoying popular cheerleader get the revenge she deserved but once again I was kind of left wanting more. We didn't get to really see the repercussions of what they did. Maybe we'll get to read more about it in the second book. On the complete other side of the spectrum the last revenge to be doled out, Mary's, got completely out of hand. It wasn't their fault, but I was sitting in bed thinking, "Oh my gosh!". By the time I reached the last page I was completely shocked and wanted to know more.

Romance was not a big part of the book. Yes, a lot of the revenge was because of boys but in the book itself the main focus wasn't your average lovey, dovey young adult romance. It was a nice change in type of book.

When I first read Burn for Burn I didn't know that it would be part of a series so I almost sent the book flying across the room. I wanted more of these girls and their story of revenge. I'm glad we're getting another book. I recommend this for fans of Revenge mixed with a splash of Gossip Girl.

4/5

1 comment:

  1. I don't typically do revenge books, but this sounds like a great book. I haven't read too many reviews on it, but after reading yours I think I might try this book at some point.

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