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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 368
Released: 2012
Source: Publisher
Rating: 2.5/5


Burn for Burn introduces readers to three characters who are looking for revenge. Mary has just returned to town after moving away for several years. The one guy that she trusted, hurt her tremendously and her overprotective parents moved her away. Mary is astonished that Reece doesn’t even recognize her and she sees an opportunity to get back at him. Kat’s ex-best friend Rennie is the Queen Bee of the school and everyone bows down to her. Kat still can’t get over how she turned on her and threw their friendship away. Spewing hateful lies, and turning everyone against her. Rennie ran to the new girl in town, and she and Lillia have been friends every since. Lillia recognizes that Rennie is not the best friend she can be; she’s selfish, arrogant and rude. She mostly ignores the situation. When Lillia learns that her little sister is dating someone older and Rennie kept it from her, she’s livid. This older boyfriend, seemed interested in Lillia all summer, and now he's with her sister? Despite Mary and Kat wanting to seek revenge against her friends, she jumps on board and decides to add her sister’s boyfriend to the list. Rennie getting what's coming to her is just a bonus.


I liked the concept of Burn for Burn but the plot wasn’t very well executed. The teenagers were a little too carefree for me to be able to relate to them. This would have fit a bit more if they were college age but that’s just my opinion. The book progressed slowly, and the shifting perspectives forced me to keep trying to remember who was who. The revenge stories were not very elaborate. The book was a little too simple, and the ending really threw me off. It hints at a sequel and adds a paranormal aspect to the novel. I don’t think I’ll be reading the sequel. I'm not a fan of paranomal in every thing young adult.

Despite the slow start, I liked that three different perspectives were provided. It gave the reader a chance to understand where each of the three girls was coming from. I thought the characters were not very well developed but the story did keep me interested enough to finish it. If you’re interested in this one, and you enjoy a revenge story I suggest you give this one a try. It was just a little too simple for me and the ending ruined it. I think I need more complex young adult books to read. The genre has really been an issue for me this year.


  1. It sounds like the execution in this book was a little bit muddled, and I probably would have had the same reaction to it as well. I don't like YA books that are both simplistic and unrealistic, and that's the impression that I am getting from this one. I'm glad to have read your review, but sorry that this one disappointed you.

  2. Sorry you didn't like this one! I think I'll stay away from it.