August 27, 2012
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Series: Burn for Burn (trilogy title??) #1
Review Source: Netgalley
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
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.
I love Jenny Han’s books and I love Siobhan Vivian’s books, so as soon as I heard these BFFs were writing a book together I was, to put it mildly, So. Freaking. Excited.! Well thankfully my excitement wasn’t for nought, because this book was pretty darn excellent.
First off, the setting (a Martha’s Vineyard-esque island) captured my attention. Something about island settings make a book all the more intriguing for me. Second, there’s such a guilty pleasure in revenge stories. I don’t even technically believe in taking revenge, but reading/watching about it? It’s kind of therapeutic to experience other people exacting their own form of justice. Revenge is also a tricky, layered topic because there’s always the question of how much is too much, and whether the people taking revenge might regret it. Third of all, this is a story about friendship. There are definitely some boys and feelings brewing in certain areas, but this is first and foremost about friendship: how complicated friendships can be, how you feel when your friendship is betrayed, and how to possibly repair a friendship. All those elements?: Incredibly awesome, especially since they're done so well here.
I loved getting to know Mary, Lillia, and Kat in this first installment and I can’t wait to see where their story goes. 'Burn for Burn' felt like a sneak peek into the girls' lives, especially when the chapters had mini-flashbacks. It will be interesting to read book two -- 'Fire with Fire' -- and see the ramifications of their actions (because of course taking revenge has consequences!). This was a very strong first book of a trilogy, and I especially appreciated how seamless the writing was. I was also intrigued by the teeniest bit of the paranormal that was incorporated into the story and am curious how that element might grow as the series progresses.
Gorgeous! Love the huge, yet subtle, title placement, and I ADORE how the models accurately represent the characters.
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