Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: Sept. 18th, 2012 by Simon & Schuster
Source: Borrowed 

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.

Burn for Burn is mostly about three girls who want revenge because they’ve been wronged in some way.  But while it is those three narrating in alternate chapters, we also get to see so much of the others in their lives.  The ‘friends’ they feel have wronged them and those that are close to them.  And because of this we really get a well rounded look at them all.  And every single one of them we can look at and say how much we dislike them.  But at other times, we see the vulnerable side of them, or the good side, and we see that maybe they aren’t so bad…  But that’s what makes this so real, these characters are so relatable.  Because we are able to connect with them in some way.  I don’t think any of them are people I would want to be friends with, but yet I don’t really dislike them either…

The book has a bit of a slow start, the whole revenge thing doesn’t even come into play until later.  But it was okay because I was still interested in things.  We got a good idea of everything that was going on and got to know all the characters before the crap went down.

While this was a book that really held my attention and I enjoyed every minute of it, there are a few bones I need to pick.  First of all, that abrupt ending was not cool.  I think we needed another chapter or two for more answers.  Now it’s possible my ARC was missing pages, so feel free to let me know if that’s the case.  But there’s a few things I still needed to know.  And there’s something that happens to Lillia in the beginning and I don’t feel like it was explored enough.  We finally found out what happened, but it would have been nice if she’d at least got it off her chest or something.  But no, it was just dropped and not brought up again. I also would have liked to know where the romances went as well.  

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and I think it’s important that teens read books like this.  So they can see that the things they say and do really affect people.  And that while bullying hurts, revenge can easily go too far.

This qualifies for the YA Contemporary Challenge 2012.
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  1. I have been really curious how to see how you would like this one. I am sad that it had a slow start and the ending was less than stellar.
    I think I may still pick this one up because even with those issues you still seemed to enjoy it.

    Great review Candace!

  2. I still have to come across a review where someone truly loves and enjoyed this book completely! Just like you also Heather complained about that some things were not resolved. While I was excited for this to read, I think I’ll move it a little down my TBR pile!…

  3. Abrupt ending? NOOOOOOOOOO! Those always bother me, I don’t like having the story just cut off, give me some kind of small resolution please! I’m also really curious as to what happens to Lillia in the beginning that isn’t fully explored. I know I will want more information on that! Thanks for your thoughts Candace:)

    • I learned after I wrote my review that it is suppose to be a series, so I guess we should get answers, it’ll just be in another book. It seems kind of weird but it felt like it should be a stand alone but I guess we’ll see…

  4. Ugh still having problems leaving comments. It is lagging and I get kicked off. I am sick of bad endings these days and I know I would have issues with all the questions you raised. I do like the subjec matter, hopefully there are some lessons to be learned!

    • I’m not sure why you seem to be having problems with the comments. I haven’t had any issues since I removed the linky’s. One other person said they had issues too, so you aren’t the only one. I just can’t figure it out since it is fine for me and most everyone else.

      I heard this is a series so the unanswered stuff should be addressed in the next book.

  5. I really adore Vivian’s writing style so I’m interested to check this out and maybe also get a feel for Han’s so I can read her books too. I love the revenge idea at the very least.

  6. An Abrupt ending?! Noooo…. I very much dislike those. I need closure lol Ihave an arc too but haven’t gotten to read it yet. Have to admit I am a bit apprehensive now.

  7. I have an arc of this but now I’m scared to read it. I hate when books just up and end before I’m ready for the story to be done or the story wasn’t wrapped up.

    I guess I need to think on this one some more because I invest my time.

    Thanks for the great review!

  8. I just started reading this one and I like it so far. I chose it b/c of the premise and the cover. I also like that it’s written from the different characters’ perspectives. Some of my favorite authors write this way.

    I don’t mind a slow start b/c I like getting the back stories of characters. I’m a little wary of the abrupt ending and wasn’t aware that this book isn’t a stand-alone.

    Thanks for your review :)

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