Payback is paradise in this start to a trilogy from New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (soon to be a major motion picture!), Jenny Han, and New York Times bestselling author of The List, Siobhan Vivian.
Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge.
KAT is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend.
LILLIA has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she’s going to put a stop to it.
MARY is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who’s responsible has yet to get what’s coming to him.
None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together...anything is possible.
With an unlikely alliance in place, there will be no more “I wish I’d said...” or “If I could go back and do things differently...” These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers|
|Series:||Burn for Burn Series , #1|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Lexile:||HL660L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Jenny Han is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, now a Netflix movie. She is also the author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series, Shug, and Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream. She is the coauthor of the Burn for Burn trilogy, with Siobhan Vivian. Her books have been published in more than thirty languages. A former librarian, Jenny earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Siobhan Vivian is the author of the young adult novel We Are the Wildcats, as well as Stay Sweet, The Last Boy and Girl in the World, The List, Not That Kind of Girl, Same Difference, A Little Friendly Advice, and the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Jenny Han. A former editor for Alloy Entertainment, she received her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She teaches creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Visit her at SiobhanVivian.com.
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Burn for Burn
I’M SITTING ON MY BATHROOM COUNTER, TRYING TO remember what the makeup lady at Saks told me about how to do eyeliner on Asian eyes. Only . . . I can’t think straight.
I think she said to wing it just the tiniest bit. I do my right eye first, and it looks okay. I’m finishing up my left eye when my little sister, Nadia, bangs on the door so loudly that I jump.
“Lil! I need to take a shower!” she yells. “Lilli-uhh!”
I pick up my hairbrush and then reach over and unlock the door. Nadia rushes in and turns on the water. She sits on the edge of the tub, in her big soccer T-shirt with her shiny black hair mussed up in the back and watches me brush my hair. “You look pretty,” she says, her voice scratchy with sleep.
Do I? At least the outside is still the same.
I keep brushing. Twenty-three, twenty-four, twenty-five, done. I brush my hair twenty-five strokes every morning. I’ve done it that way since I was little.
Today will be like any other day.
“But I thought you weren’t supposed to wear white after Labor Day,” Nadia adds.
I look down at my sweater. It’s new—white cashmere, soft and snug. I’m wearing it with my white short shorts. “Nobody follows that rule anymore,” I tell her, hopping down from the counter. “Besides, this is winter white.” I swat at her butt with my hairbrush. “Hurry up and get in the shower.”
“Do I have time to curl my hair before Rennie gets here?” she asks me.
“No,” I say, closing the door behind me. “Five minutes.”
Back in my room I start filling my brown saddlebag with my school things, like I’m on autopilot. My new pen and the leather planner my mom got me as a back-to-school gift. Lollies. Cherry ChapStick. I try to think if I’m forgetting something, but nothing comes to mind, so I grab my white espadrilles and head down the stairs.
My mom is in the kitchen, wearing her robe and drinking an espresso. My dad bought her one of those fancy espresso machines for Christmas, and she makes a point of using it at least once a week, even though she prefers tea, and even though my dad is hardly ever at home to see her use it. He’s a doctor, the kind who does research. For as long as I can remember, he’s been working on some new drug to cure cancer. He spends part of the month working at a lab in Boston, and he gets sent all over the world to present his findings. He was on the cover of some science journal this summer. I forget the name of it.
Gesturing to the plate of muffins, my mom says, “Sit down and eat before you go, Lilli. I got those sugary ones you love.”
“Rennie will be here any minute,” I say. When I see the disappointed look on my mom’s face, I take a muffin and wrap it in a napkin. “I’ll eat it in the car.”
Touching my hair, she says, “I can’t believe you’re a senior in high school. One more year and you’ll be away at college. My pretty girl is grown-up.”
I look away. I guess I am grown-up now.
“At least I still have my baby. Is Nadi getting ready?”
“You have to look out for Nadi now that you’re at the same school. You know how she looks up to you, Lilli.” My mom squeezes my arm, and I swallow hard. I do have to look out for Nadia better. Not like how I did on Saturday night, when I left her at Alex’s party. She was with her friends, but still.
I should have stayed.
Rennie’s horn honks outside, and I stand up. “Nadia!” I yell. “Rennie’s here!”
“Just one more minute!” Nadia shrieks back.
I hug my mom and head for the garage door.
“Take a muffin for Rennie,” she calls out as I close the door behind me. Rennie wouldn’t eat it anyway. She goes off carbs at the start of every cheerleading season. She only lasts about a month before she gives in, though.
In the garage I slip on my espadrilles, and then I walk down the driveway to Rennie’s Jeep.
“Nadia’s right behind me,” I say, climbing inside.
Rennie leans over and hugs me good morning. Hug her back, I tell myself. And I do.
“Your skin looks awesome against the white,” she says, eyeing me up and down. “I wish I could get as tan as you.”
Rennie’s wearing tight jeans and an even tighter lacy scoop neck top, with a nude cami underneath. She’s so tiny, I can see her rib cage. I don’t think she’s wearing a bra. She doesn’t have to. She’s got a gymnast’s body.
“You’re pretty tan too,” I say, clicking my seat belt.
“Bronzer, baby.” She puts on her sunglasses and starts talking a mile a minute. “So here’s what I’m thinking for the next party. It came to me in a dream last night. The theme will be . . . Are you ready for this? The roaring twenties! The girls could wear flapper costumes with, like, a feather headpiece, and long beaded necklaces, and then the boys could wear zoot suits and fedoras. Hot, right?”
“I don’t know,” I say, looking out the window. Rennie’s talking so fast and so much, it’s making my head pound. “The guys might not be into it. Where are they supposed to find that stuff on the island?”
“Hello, it’s called the Internet!” Rennie taps her fingers on the steering wheel. “What’s taking Nadia so long? I want to get there before everybody else does so I can claim my parking spot for the year.” She presses her hand down on the horn—once, then twice.
“Stop,” I say. “You’re going to wake up my neighbors.”
“Oh, please. The closest house is, like, half a mile down the street.”
Our front door flies open, and Nadia comes running down the steps. She looks tiny against our massive white house. It’s different from most of the other houses on the island—modern lines and lots of glass. My mom helped design it. It was originally our summer home, and then we moved to Jar Island for good before my freshman year. I was the one who begged to move here, to be with Rennie and my summer friends.
My mom waves at us from the front door. I wave back.
“So are you yay or nay on the twenties party?” Rennie asks me.
I honestly don’t care, but I know my answer matters to her—which is why I feel like saying nay.
But before I can, Nadia is at the car, her hair sopping wet. She’s got on her new jeans and the black top the three of us bought together when we went shopping back in July. That feels like forever ago.
She climbs into the backseat. I twist around and say, “You should have dried your hair, Nadi. You know you always get colds when you go around with wet hair.”
Breathlessly she says, “I was scared you guys would leave without me.”
“We wouldn’t leave you!” Rennie cries, turning the wheel. “We’re your big sisters. We’ll always look out for you, honey bun.”
Something nasty is on the tip of my tongue, and I swallow hard to keep from saying it. If I say it, we’ll never be the same again. Even worse than now.
We pull around our circular driveway and down the road.
“Cheerleading practice is at four,” Rennie reminds me, bouncing in her seat to the music. “Don’t be late. We need to evaluate the fresh meat. See what we’ve got to work with. Did you remember to bring your mini camcorder so we can tape them?”
I open my bag and look, even though I know it’s not there. “I forgot.”
“Lil! I wanted to evaluate them later tonight in HD.” Rennie lets out a grumbly sigh, like she’s disappointed in me.
I shrug my shoulders. “We’ll deal.” That’s what we’re doing right now, isn’t it? Dealing? But Rennie’s clearly better at it than me.
“Nadi, who’s the prettiest of all your friends?” Rennie asks.
“Patrice,” Nadia says.
Rennie makes a left, and we pass the small rental cottages that populate Canobie Bluffs. I focus on one in particular. There’s a caretaker outside closing it up for the season, now that it’s empty. I think it’s Reeve’s dad. He’s bolting the shutters on the first floor windows. He hasn’t gotten to the master bedroom yet. Those ones are still wide open.
I turn my head away, and out of the corner of my eye, I look at Rennie. Just to see if she has noticed it too. But there’s nothing there—no recognition, no alarm, nothing.
“Nadi, you’re so much prettier than Patrice. FYI, I’m only taking the cream of the crop for the varsity squad,” Rennie says. “Let me know if there’s anyone you want to cheer for, and I’ll hook it up.”
Immediately Nadia says, “Alex. Can I cheer for Alex?”
Rennie gasps. “Ooh! You better ask your sister. He’s her boy toy.”
“Rennie, be quiet.” I say it more snappishly than I intended, and she makes a face to Nadia in her rearview mirror. I take a breath. “Nadia, there’s a whole line of junior and senior girls ahead of you for Alex. We can’t show favoritism like that. I mean, how would it look, us giving a senior starter to a freshman? Besides, you still have to try out. You haven’t made the squad yet.”
At this, Rennie nods. “Lil’s right. I mean, you’re basically in but we have to treat you the same as everybody else. Even though you’re clearly special.” Nadia wriggles in her seat like a puppy. “Oh, and make sure to tell your friends that if they’re even one minute late, they’re going to be sent home. Period. As captain I need to set the tone for this season.”
“Got it,” Nadia says.
“Good girl. You’re going to be our freshman star.”
I feel like I am floating above myself as I say, “She needs to work on her back handspring. It’s weak.”
It gets really quiet.
I flip down my visor to look at Nadia. The corners of her mouth are turned down, her dark eyes hurt.
Why did I say that?
I know how badly she wants to make the squad. We practiced all summer, back handsprings and tumbling and stunts and our routines. I told Nadia that when Rennie graduates, it will be her on the top of that pyramid. I told her she’ll be set at Jar High. Just like her big sis.
But now I’m not so sure I want her to be anything like me or Rennie. Not anymore.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One word: phenomenal. This book was phenomenal! Big girls don't cry, they get even. That's what the book says, and it's true. The three girls are all for revenge, and this time, they aren't waiting for karma to strike, but they're taking matters in their own hands. The main protagonists; Lillia, Kat, and Mary are all tremendously different from each other. Each one has their own characteristics, and I guess that really made the story much more interesting to read. Each chapter is from one of the girl's point of view, and that really made me connect with all three characters in a way that I wouldn't have if it was only from one of their point of view. Despite the girl's differences, one thing had connected them together, and that was revenge. The book started off without knowing how the three will get together, or even who they were seeking revenge from. You get to meet the characters, and then you gradually start learning more about them. I really enjoyed how Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian wrote this book! The flow felt really good, and it felt easy to read! Every chapter that ended left you wanting more, and for the first time in my life, I actually read this book in one day! Yes, a book usually takes me 2 to 3 days to read, but I read this all in one day! It was so damn addicting, and everything about it felt juicy! Sometimes I did feel sorry for the characters they were getting revenge on, but it was still interesting to see how they planned to do it, and what the outcome turned out to be. I'd actually find myself smiling an evil grin while they were plotting together! It was really fun, and there was a lot of mystery included as well. Not only that, but then do I realize that there's also a bit paranormal, but you learn about that later. (Not a spoiler, because this book is already labeled as Contemporary/Paranormal on GoodReads) Overall, I don't think this book disappointed me in any way. Mary was shy, but a very nice girl who deserved no one to treat her badly. I really enjoyed Kat because she was such a strong girl who didn't give a damn about what the "popular" crowd thought of her! I loved reading about how she stood up for herself, and I found myself cheering for her as well! At first Lillia sort of annoyed me, but then she grew on me and I really liked her as well. All the characters were enjoyable to read about, and we also got to know about their personal lives. The ending is maybe the worst cliffhanger in the world. Worst as in it killed me. I was like "What, did the book END? Like THIS? omg omg omg I NEED THE SECOND BOOK NOW!". So yea, I'm currently ticking the days off for when the second book, Fire with Fire, comes out.
This was the best book EVER!!!! It was making me think maybe revenge isn't so sweet. I loved the characters, but I had a connection to Kat. She doesn't take crap from anyone and it reminds me of wel...ME. If your out there reading this I want to say buy this book. The end leaves you shocked but it's still amazing! It's a serious kick-a** story!!!!! ^ Excuse my language
This book was amazing. After every page I wanted to read on and never stop. You know the book is a good book when it feels real. The dynamics of this book was amazing. I give this book 5 stars and I am sooooooo anxious/excited for the sequel!! P.S. The ending was amazing. If you like a good book with an ending that leads you on and drives you crazy to know what happens next; read this.
You will never want to stop reading once you stop. Is an amazing book and has a really interesting plot. I strongly recomend reading this.
Mary's returning to Jar Island after years away from it to live with her aunt to see a boy she once knew. Why? Closure. Reeve did something terrible to her—something vile and despicable and she needs things to come full circle. Mary is a bemusing character, wispy and enigmatic. There's a twist to her character that had me very confused, but that doesn't stop her from being kind and observant and sweet. Lillia is the oldest daughter of a priveliged Korean-American family. She's lived a charmed life; designer clothes, a stable home, wealth, and a high role in the hierarchy of high school. She's beautiful, poised, and, elegant. She is fiercely protective of her little sister, Nadia and has cute, nice Alex wrapped around her finger and wholly head over heels for her. She's best friends with Rennie, the queen of the school, and is content to play princess. Sure, little things bug her and the company she chooses occasionally makes her sick, but she can pretend everything's perfectly fine if she tries hard enough. Everything changes after Rennie abandons her when she needs her most and Lillia is left traumatized. To make things worse, Alex seems to ge preying on Nadia, and Big Sister is the opposite of pleased. Kat is a wild child and badass. She smokes and cusses and spits in people's faces and sticks around to laugh at them. She isn't afraid to tell people what she thinks or the consequences. She was best friends with Rennie and Lillia, until Rennie dropped her from their group. Rennie now spreads vicious rumors about her and treats her like trash. Kat is brutal and honest and tough as nails. Her family scrapes by; they love each other, and that will get them throuh everything after the death of Kat's mother. Kat wants desperately to get off the island; Kat just wants to mean something, which is something you can't to on Jar Island where nothing is everything and everything is nothing. After a chance meeting in the girls' bathroom—where else would things like this happen?—the girls meet up and give the people that have wronged them their just desserts. They will make Alex sorry for touching Nadia, fooling Lillia, and leading Kat on. They will steal the thing Rennie wants most for treating Kat worse than dirt and not lifting a finger to help Lillia in her time of need. And they will destroy Reeve's future like he destroyed Mary's life. There are dark, tragic things in all the girls' pasts. Mary's attemped suicide. The death of Kat's mother. Lillia's date rape and ensuing guilt. They're all terrible things and delicate subjects; however, the authors handle it tactfully, never glorifying it or using it just for a plot device or a catalyst for you to feel sorry for a character. They're shown as what they are: awful. Besides that, who doesn't love a revenge plot? This is a book where girls don't get mad or sad (well, they do, but that's not the point), they get even. That's delicious in itself. The writing is gorgeous. Co-authored books rarely come out smooth, but not just smooth, this was also beautiful and impossibly addicting and readable. This book has skyrocketed to my favorites and is on my revolving door of books wonderful enough to reread. Please, read this book, I can't recommend it highly enough.
I loved it!
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.
I originally picked this book up due to the beautiful cover design. It is the kind of cover that entices you, half Mean Girls, half Gossip Girl. Definitely from the first page, you could see that although this book has a similar idea, it definitely marks its own path. Mary, Kat and Lillia all come from different backgrounds and pasts, but one thing is for certain, they all live on Jar Island and are just trying to make it through high school. Mary, the town nobody, moved back to town after enduring a horrible event on Jar Island years ago. Kat, the 'social outcast' used to roll with the popular girls, but one swift moved she got her kicked out and a horrible reputation to follow. Lillia, the prettiest of them all it set high on the social high school chain yet feels like she doesn't belong. After finding out that Lillia has her younger sister running behind her back, its time for payback. The three of them together, they each have a person deserving payback. Lillia has her former guy friend Alex, Mary, setting her eyes on Reeve, the boy that burned her in the past, and Kat, waiting to crush the queen Bee of the school, Rennie. Together in secret, they devise plans to ruin them all. Except there is no perfect world, and all things must come crashing down. All in all, a very terrific start for both of these veteran authors who are working together. After reading the last page, you will be begging for more and patiently waiting for the second book to come out to see if a Burn does help another Burn.
Revenge is a dish best served cold. Boys are just familiar with it. Girls know it. And that's why they do it better. Three girls, three stories, three revenge plans. One goal. Make the people who tortured and hurt them pay. Lilia is overprotected as far as her sister is concerned and she won't let anybody hurt her. Lilia is treated like a princess. She has money, popularity and friends. Anybody could think she has it all. But that's far from the truth. She wants a guy who is kind and cares about her. Thing is, she has him. But they are just friends and he will be the target of her revenge as well, because as cute as she seems, she can also be tough and sly. Kat used to have friends and a best friend. Now she has herself and maybe a friend who happens to be a) a boy and b)one of her ex-best friend's closest friends. Tricky, right? But her revenge centers around a girl and in particular her ex best friend. She stayed in the shadows for too long, but now it's her time to shine. Because everybody deserves to have their moment. And in the end we have Mary. A girl who had such a traumatic experience that she decided to leave her school and her old life behind and move forward. But in order to do so, she must face her demons or maybe one demon in particular. And he's a quite easy demon to find. The only thing she has to do is enroll in high school and just her luck; he's one of the first people to see. And the one who will pay for what he's done. Moreover Mary, apart from being a heart-broken and traumatized girl, she may have a secret talent she isn't even aware of. That's what the course of events leads us to believe throughout the book. From the above, we can reach to the conclusion that these girls don't have anything that connects them. The truth is they have. They all live in the same island, go to the same school and pretty much know the same people.So when circumstances bring these three girls together, it's payback time. But not everything goes according to plan and people end up getting hurt. Burn for burn, the first book in the Burn for Burn series is not a story of forgiveness. Who cares about forgiveness when revenge is so much more fun?
Revenge is sweet, or is it? That is what these three unlikely allies, Lillia, Kat, and Mary find out in Burn for Burn. The story is told from all three girls point of view. Lillia, the socialite,who is rich, a cheerleader, popular, and whose friend who wants to be more than a friend takes things to far, especially when it comes to her family. Kat, the outcast, a rebel and a badass who hangs with the wrong crowd, who finally gets fed up with her old best friend's harassment and games, and is secretly hurt by the boy she really has come to like. Then there is Mary, who is quiet, has just returned to the island to live after not being there since middle school, whose life was devastated by the popular football player that she just can't get over, and who now doesn't even recognize her. As events unfold, circumstances bring these three girls into a secret pact as they together plot, plan, and carry out their revenge on those who have wronged them. Some of the things they do are funny, some are hurtful, and some are downright deadly. Is revenge justified or have situations been misinterpreted and misconstrued? When it's all said and done, will revenge be worth it? The story takes place on Jar Island, which is only reached by ferry. Jar Island has a mix of people from the regulars that live there all the time, to the rich socialites who vacation there or have a second home there, and the tourists who just come for a visit. The girls and their friends are seniors in high school, with the exception of Mary, who is a junior. Lillia hangs with the popular crowd, and it is this crowd that the story centers around. The story kind of reminded me of a YA version of the television show Revenge. The girls all seemed justified in their reasons for wanting revenge and are in some aspects, but aren't in others. This sheds light on the fact that you really need to get all the facts before you take action, jumping to the wrong conclusion about something. Even as the reader, I found myself jumping to the same conclusion the girls did before getting all the facts. I actually felt kind of bad for Alex, one of the targets. I liked the characters for the most part, though Mary was kind of strange and I am still not sure about her story. I will be interested to see if another side is told in regards to that in the sequel. There was even a hint of the paranormal, which sort of reminded me of the movie Carrie, but we don't find out too many details about that is this first book. I found the story entertaining and fast paced, and the plot intriguing. Personally, I did not like the ending. The way a book ends kind of makes it or breaks it for me, and this ending just didn't make it. It's sort of a cliff hanger, which I don't have a problem with, but it also just didn't feel complete enough to me. Of course, that is just my opinion, many other reviewers loved the ending. Overall, this is a good book and I enjoyed it for the most part, and will be reading the sequel when it comes out. If you enjoy contemporary YA with a twist and a hint of paranormal, then you might want to check this out.
Beautiful cover! I adore Jenny Han and was really looking forward to this book. (I haven't read any of Siobhan Vivian's previous works but have heard nothing but good things about them!) After doing so, I am so very thankful to be out of High School! LOL! One sign of a good book, is how it affects the reader, either in a positive or a negative way. If a book fails to conjure up any kind of emotion then it hasn't done it's "job" in my opinion. I knew Burn For Burn wouldn't be an easy read but didn't expect it to leave me feeling nauseous and uncomfortable. I can't honestly say that I "liked" it. However, that doesn't mean it wasn't a good book. Confused much? Bare with me... It's really well written and the subject matter is certainly at the forefront of teen society. I liked being able to "see" the story unfold from multiple POV's but the "get even" behaviors really bothered me, possibly more so than the "mean people" ones. I do think this is an excellent example of what NOT to do because there are always consequences to our actions, some of which can have devastating results
Burn for Burn is extremely addicting. Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian have created something truly epic in this novel. Everything from the plot to the characters is done fabulously and I am on the edge of my seat waiting for the next novel in the series.Burn for Burn moves very quickly and you will not want to put the novel down as you see this tale of revenge play out. I was constantly wondering exactly what the girls would do to their enemies next. Despite my fascination with the plot, however, it did make me a little sick. I really didn¿t approve of anything they did and it just made me not like the girls.While the character development was excellent, I didn¿t actually like any of the characters (except for Alex). They were all basically bad people, and I really did not like Kat¿apparently no one told her that two wrongs don¿t make a right. Although if Kat knew that, we wouldn¿t have a novel now would we? I also felt bad for the girl¿s enemies because every single character in this story is so well-developed and three dimensional. While the girls enemies were awful people as well (with one notable exception), stooping to their level isn¿t cool¿it¿s crass. Exciting, dangerous, and extremely addicting, Burn for Burn is an amazing start to a trilogy. Even though there are hardly any likeable characters in the entire novel, each one is sympathetic. I really love when authors are able to make the ¿bad¿ guys seem not-so bad and the ¿good¿ guys seem essentially flawed. The plot, while I disapproved of it, was also amazing. I couldn¿t tear my eyes from the page and I couldn¿t stop shaking my head. The dimensionality of this novel definitely makes it a must read.
There are so many glowing reviews for this book that I had very high expectations, and I was a little let down. The first 40% of this book was a little boring and blah for me, but the ending absolutely saved this story and I will be continuing on with the series. I did enjoy my experience reading it, but there were times when I found my thoughts drifting from the story. The characters were good, but they didn't particularly stand out for me. I will say though, this book had some dark issues the characters were dealing with, and the ending took a very dark turn, although I knew it was going in that direction. I appreciated the issues the authors dealt with in this story, but I did have some problems with the way they were handled. I'm hoping that gets resolved in the next two books.
I cant believe I wasted time from my life to read this poor excuse of literature. And seriously, (warning: spoiler alert) high school teens who bully to the point of someone trying to commit suicide, drink & do drugs, drug others to death, and have unconcious sex with practical strangers in an audience of peers is NOT what should be solicited as teen literature. The author forgets she has a story to tell, and just rambles on and on with petty details about name brands and shallow views on keeping up appearances. This book is proof that any idiot can write a book. I would give it 0 stars if I could.
This is a TRILOGY review! (Non-spoiler) Sounds good, right? Well, we both agree the second book, FIRE WITH FIRE, is our favourite of the series. These books are perfect for fans of PLL and contemporary/drama fans! Now, BURN FOR BURN was a very good series opener because we felt the characters were all either relatable and/or interesting. Specifically, our favourites were Kat and Lillia. Mary laid low for a while, but she had some dark secrets, and when they were revealed… let’s just say neither of us could believe it. Something else we really liked about the series was its diversity. Lillia is a POC character (featured on the far right of the cover). It was great to see diversity in YA! We also really loved how all the characters were interconnected. One person’s best friend was another’s ex-best friend, and so on. They all somehow knew each other in different ways, and since the narrative is told in rotating perspectives, you could see how they were all interrelated! The last book in the series was, unfortunately, not something either of us necessarily LOVED, but we still really enjoyed the ending of the series even if the end of the last book felt a little rushed. We just didn’t necessarily love the way Mary was acting in this book. Usually, every Jenny Han book only takes me one day to read. But this book took me around four days. ASHES TO ASHES just didn’t live up to the first or second book, in my opinion. And also, THE COVER CHANGE! Gah. Again, this series is perfect for fans of PLL, The Lying Game, etc (pretty much any Sara Shepard book). Overall we rate this series 4.5/5 stars.
Lillia is on the right side, Kat on the left, and Mary in center. Btw amazing book. Highly recommend.
Hey i would like to see pictures of hairy girls arms in e books as free samples
Lillia is pretty, rich, and used to getting everything she wants including having boys wrapped around her little finger. Until things go too far over the summer. After that Lillia isn’t sure of anything–especially how to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to her little sister. Ever. Kat is tired of being an outsider subjected to insults and cruel jokes. She knows her former best friend is to blame. She might even know how to make her pay. Mary left Jar Island four years ago because of a boy. She’s back now. She’s ready to show him just how different she is. And just how much he has to make up for. These three very different girls are all after the same thing in Burn for Burn (2012) by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. Burn for Burn is the first book in a series as well as the first book Han and Vivian have written together. Revenge stories like this one always run the risk of being one-sided. There is also always the potential that the protagonist will come across as unsympathetic or just plain mean. Han and Vivian avoid these common pitfalls in Burn for Burn. The authors have created a convincingly idyllic island town with secrets and, for Lillia, Kat, and Mary, many wrongs just begging to be righted. With chapters alternating between each girl’s narration, the story examines each heroine’s motivations making readers more than willing to follow this trio on their missions of revenge. The objects of the girls’ wrath are also generally well-developed with both good and bad moments during the narrative. Alex is particularly dimensional. I would have liked to see more of Rennie and Reeve’s good sides, such as they are, but that might come up in the sequel. While Burn for Burn focuses on all three girls and their plans for revenge the pacing shifts so that most of the story focuses on Lillia and, to a lesser degree, Kat. Mary is important as a device to move the plot forward but doesn’t get as much chance to feature as a character in her own right.* Things progress in a logical fashion until the last quarter of the novel when Han and Vivian start to rush, perhaps in an effort to amp up tension before the shocking finish. By the end of Burn for Burn, Han and Vivian have managed to turn a lot of preconceived notions about the characters and the story itself upside down. With a cliffhanger ending and a lot of unanswered questions Burn for Burn is sure to leave readers clamoring for the sequel. *I have a lot of theories about Mary and the ending of Burn for Burn. If you’ve read it, I bet you do too. Let’s talk about it in the comments!
A clever and perfectly paced book on the lengths people will go to for revenge with a surprise twist that you won't see coming. - Nova @ Out of Time Burn for Burn has the premise of three very different girls who want revenge. Somehow, what they want all tie together and they end up working with each other to defeat what is almost a common enemy. What really stuck out to me was the way Han and Vivian wrote the characters. Each character had their own distinct personality which is so vital as the story is told between three first person point of views. I felt most of the characters really come to life! But I do have a problem with 2/3 of the main characters which made me a little iffy. Lillia: didn't really get along with me. I really disliked her even though she isn't a nasty person. There's just something about her that screams Mary Sue, plus, she's judgmental and then gets upset when she's judged. Even though I found acceptance of her by the end of the book, she was honestly so annoying for about half of it. Mary: fell flat in comparison to the other two. This might've been done on purpose because Lillia and Kat were definitely the dominant part of the story. However, with the way it ended, I suspect that Mary will definitely have her turn in the spotlight. Kat: is the only character I wholeheartedly liked. She related to me a lot in her attitude and her thirst for revenge. I also really love that she's still a lot mysterious even though so much as already been revealed. If I had to pick a favorite, Kat would win by a landslide. Everything other than this was great! I really enjoyed the pacing because it wasn't too slow and it wasn't too fast. The writing was easy to read and had a natural flow to it. It also made for a really quick read! I felt like I read it in such a short span of time, even though it's still very much memorable. Plus, let's not forget that the plot is sheer genius. I enjoyed reading the acts of revenge so much! Some of them were more cliche than others, but the execution was professional, exciting and made me feel like I was reading it for the first time. Overall, it's a great story with three characters that have developed and are still developing. I'm so excited to read the rest of this trilogy and don't make the same mistakes I did by putting this story off. Read it soon!
I wanted to read Burn for Burn from the first time that I saw the cover and the synopsis. Sometimes I am not drawn to the mean girls type of book, but something about this, how you can see the victim and how they've been hurt, almost made me cheer for their revenge plans. and definitely curious to see what happened to hurt each girl that hurt them and left them wanting to hurt or bring someone down. Each character had things that I liked about them and others that I could see how they were so flawed or that their issues could have been avoided. Mary was called names by the boy who later only talked to her in secret and then things blew up from there. Lillian thinks that something happened to her little sister, and I can def see how the protectiveness and wanting Nadie to not be hurt how she was or in other ways. Kat is the rebel, music lover and I liked her the most I think, but everything that happened with her ex-best friend was hard to read. Being dropped or forced out of the social circle is so hard and this is something that has happened to me before. Their ideas to get revenge were all over the place from minor pranks to something the girls could get in serious trouble for and leave one of their classmates forever changed. They for a while walked the line of what is okay and not, and they eventually went way over that line. But even when everything awfully came to a head, I was still almost hoping it was a dream or that they could somehow change where they crossed the line. And even though in their taking revenge also put them on the line of bullying others instead of just being the victim. There was a hint of supernatural thrown in, I think. But I hope it was just a coincidence and that it doesn't go down that road in the next book. It was mentioned twice and I was like really? But maybe with the awesome writing and this ending leaving me in suspense, that the next book will make that thread clear. Fire with Fire is a book that I for sure want to read, the sequel, because Burn for Burn left me pretty frustrated because one plot line was left wide open, and of course I didn't have the next book to keep reading and see what happened. Bottom Line: Captivating and great characterization. Eager for the next book.