Sunday, 17 August 2014
Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
My overall thoughts and review: I didn't really know much about the book going into it besides the whole Mean Girls meets Gossip Girl bit. Immediately the writing draws you in. It is an easy read and it is intriguing and the way it is written, flashbacks are slowly weaved in to answer your questions. All the characters seemingly are likeable to begin with and it is pretty predictable to pin-point who is who. The story is told from the three perspectives of the girls, Mary, Kat and Lillia and from their perspectives, you meet the characters they want to get revenge on: Alex, Reeve and Rennie. I did enjoy it because it kept me intrigued and on the edge of my seat with certain things, but other moments only frustrated me, especially when certain characters would let certain things happen *cough* Lillia *cough*. It is interesting to see a story where characters are able to exact revenge as opposed to just not doing so, but what I think I really liked was that the story demonstrates the consequences that can come from exacting revenge on someone and also from there how the three characters must deal with what follows after each event. The first book sets up for the second one nicely and I am already starting it because I am curious to see how it will all unfold. I do recommend it if you are interested in a contemporary YA that really speaks true to high school "mean girl" concept and to bullying and other issues. I am a huge fan of Jenny Han's writing style and I definitely think it shines through in the character of Lillia.
Rating of the book: 3/5 stars. (leaning towards 3.5 stars though)
Also, did you know that I got to meet Jenny Han earlier this year? You can read all about that here and you can read my review for her other book To All The Boys I've Loved Before here :)
Have you read Burn for Burn? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments below!