I Was Burned: ‘Burn for Burn’ by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Burn for Burn by J Han and S VivianBriefly: Three girls make a pact to get back at some students at their high school. There may or may not be some fantasy elements, but I couldn’t tell for sure.

Didja Like It?: Sigh. I have read one other book by each of these authors, and was less than thrilled by those. I know from the search terms used to find my site and many posts I have seen online that Jenny Han, especially, is widely read and beloved. I just haven’t yet discovered the series that has pulled me into her universe. Suggestions? Opinions? Just give up?

Anything Else to Mention?: My main problem is that I do not care about the characters or their “problems.” Plus (and this happened in The Summer I Turned Pretty as well), all that happens seems for naught. Because either everything gets recanted right at the end or there’s a major change or, worse, there are way too many loose ends that laugh at you and say “Wanna know what happened? READ THE NEXT BOOK, SUCKER!” As anyone who knows my rants about story arcs and book series can tell you, there is certainly a way to hold back on a few answers without making your readers want to NOT continue. I felt foolish, like I was being enticed with a cookie and then discovered that is was gluten free.

And the glossing over of a sexual assault was weird.

To Read or Not To Read: Definitely not my bottle of stolen vodka. As I said, there are many, many people who love these authors’ works, but just not me.

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian was published September 18, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Ink and Page picked this book up from the library.

Rating: 2

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction Fantasy(?)
Ages: 13 and up
You Might Want to Know: Mature themes, including sex, drugs, underage drinking, profanity.


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