What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Jenny Han was at Austin Teen Book Festival in 2011, but I had never read a book by either her or Siobahn Vivian until they got together to write Burn for Burn. I'd actually seen Burn for Burn around the blogs for a while, but happened into the bookstore on the day of it's release and loved how it looked up there on the shelf. Then I was captured by the summary.

Here's the summary 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.

What I Liked: 1) The three main characters. Have you ever heard the phrase misery loves company? Well, this definitely seems to apply here - three girls who have nothing in common other than their desire for revenge against the people who are ruling the school. They have very different personalities, but are all easy to get to know and empathize with. I've thought about it for a bit, and I can't pick a favorite. Usually I identify more with one MC than any others, but all three of these girls play an important role in the story and have the ability to evoke emotions of both pride and pity from the reader. Or, from me, at least. 2) The creativity. So the main idea is that our three MCs are exacting revenge on the people who've wronged them. And they are very creative in the ways they go about it. This was part of what made the book so interesting. I was always wondering what they were going to come up with next. 3) Lillia, and how protective of her sister. It's not little things that has happened to these girls, especially not Lillia. She's dealing with a really difficult thing when she and Kat and Mary form their little group. So, this is not a fluff piece. It's some real, hard core stuff, and I really liked how deep the story went. Anyway, Lillia puts most of her energy trying to spare her little sister the grief that she is still dealing with, and she is very loyal and protective. That's something, as a big sister, that I can relate with. 4) The ending. The ending was very satisfying for me - not only did the girls all manage to feel better, but they formed a new friendship that hopefully was going to help them get past the issues they were dealing with.

What I Didn't Like: I liked all of it.

Overall Thoughts: Burn for Burn is an awesome piece of realistic fiction. The characters are very personable, and their pain is very real and evokes a lot of emotion. There is some humor, but also a level of depth that I really appreciate in contemporary fiction. Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian are both very talented, and bringing them together for this book created an excellent work that I think everyone should check out.

My Rating: 5 shots

6 comments:

  1. I definitely liked this one, but I felt like the revenge just wasn't enough. Also, I didn't feel like some of the people really deserved any vengeful acts. I think it might've been better if all three girls were ganging up on the same person or something. Or maybe the same couple :P Great review!

    Anna
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    1. I agree that I had a problem with them exacting revenge on innocent people. Thanks!

      Courtney

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  2. I am dying to read this. Great review!

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    1. I hope you like it! It was a great writing team!

      Courtney

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  3. I keep going back and forth with whether I want to read this or not. I'm not a revenge book type of girl, but this one does sound interesting. I just always feel that revenge is immature and it never makes things right. If something unintentionally happened that is like payback it's different, but I have a hard time with this type of thing. I find revenge almost like bullying because you are intentionally trying to hurt someone.
    Anyways rant over lol!! I am glad that people are enjoying this book and I have to say I am interested, but I most likely won't read it. Great review babe!!

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    1. Yeah, just from what you said it doesn't sound like your type of book. Not that I'd discourage anyone from reading it, but if you know it isn't your thing...ya know? Thanks for stopping by!

      Courtney

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