Thursday, June 26, 2014

Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

The Details

Title: Burn for Burn
Authors: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Number of Pages: 358 pages
Publishing Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

The Synopsis

Postcard-perfect Jar Island is the kind of place where nobody locks their doors at night, where parents can sleep easy, knowing their daughters are tucked away safe and sound in their beds. 

But bad things can happen, even to good girls . . . and sometimes, the only way to make things right is to do something wrong. 

Lillia used to trust boys, but not anymore. Not after what happened this summer. And she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her little sister from the same fate. 

Kat is over the rumors, the insults, the cruel jokes made at her expense. It all goes back to one person--her ex-best friend. Someone needs to teach her a lesson, and, with Lillia and Mary behind her, Kat feels up to the task.

Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she’s not the same girl anymore. Now that she’s got friends who have her back, he's going to be in big trouble.

Three very different girls who come together to make things right. Will they go too far?

The Talk

This is my second Contemporary story read. It is all about the mishaps concerning three Jar-Island girls: Mary, Lillia and Kat. They all have separate points of view, and according to Jenny Han from the book signing last Saturday, she, together with Siobhan wrote everything together, like word per word. Overall it was pretty interesting for me, but now let's dig into the specifics.

The characters, as I've mentioned above, are Lillia, Mary, and Kat. They are unique , and the thing is, before everything happened, they didn't know each other. Mary is a girl from the mainland, who returned to the island in order to bitch-slap a guy named Reeve on the face. Apparently, he did something to her in their childhood. Something very heart-breaking and maddeningly intense. Kat is the downtown bad-ass. She's hot, she smokes, and she can pretty much seduce every single guy on the island. This character is so far my favorite. I like how she deals with things around her, how she just shrugs all the bad energy like they're nothing. Kat. The meanie-a-little-bitchey girl in town. The last of the mischievous trio is Lillia. She is Asian, and she is filthy rich. And, she also happens to be one of the popular people in Jar High. She's a cheerleader, and like Margot from TATBILB, she's a very protective sister. That love for her sister is probably what sparked her emotions to take revenge on a boy named Alex Lind. 

During the first half of the book, everything was cozy and fluffy, and the book talked about how the girls lived their daily lives, with some emo-stuff every few chapters or so. But then the mood suddenly shifted when the revenge thing sprang into action. And the first sign of action in the book was that scene with Alex's car. I half expected the book to be cozy like TATBILB. And half expected it to have a wonderful plot twist. Guess what REALLY happened? The latter.

It might not look like it, but the book contains some paranormal stuff. I'm not going to say more, for I wouldn't want to spoil you guys, but if ever you plan on reading the book, look out for the homecoming part. That really was what defined the book for me. 

The authors were so good in hiding the actual story, within the cliche one, that I almost lost hope while reading it. But after the signing, I asked my friends if Burn for Burn was good. They said yes, and that it contained some secret spice that you'd only get once you finish the book. Ir really wasn't disappointed in this one, I even liked it!

The Rating

I am going to give 4 out of 5 grenades! I really liked this one, and I would recommend people to read it. It was very satisfactory. I promise!

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