Audiobook Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Posted on 12/29/2014 in Book Review / 3 Comments

Audiobook Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan VivianBurn for Burn by Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian
Series: Burn for Burn #1
Published by Simon & Schuster on September 18, 2012
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 358
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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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.\r\n\r\nBut bad things can happen, even to good girls . . . and sometimes, the only way to make things right is to do something wrong.\r\n\r\nLillia 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.\r\n\r\nKat 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.\r\n\r\nFour 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.\r\n\r\nThree very different girls who come together to make things right. Will they go too far?

I could totally see this book being a series on the CW. Set on a scenic island and filled with beautiful people, mean girls, revenge, and maybe even something a little supernatural… It probably also reminded me of the CW because it was a total guilty pleasure. Dramatic and soapy, clichéd but fun – even though I rolled my eyes a few times, I was still hanging on to see what was going to happen. The book alternates from the POV of three girls – Mary, Kat, and Lillia. I found all of them to be a little annoying at times, and I didn’t really relate to any of them. Mary didn’t have a lot of personality, and “doormat” was the word that came to mind several times during her chapters. And was there something weird going on with her aunt? Lillia was a good big sister, but from the beginning I felt that her anger was misplaced.  Kat was definitely my favorite of the three, but she occasionally annoyed me, too. I was a little conflicted on this book. While it touched upon some very sensitive and real issues (date rape, bullying, drugs), it also felt very immature at times. For the most part, it was your typical revenge story – girls from different social groups coming together to deliver the karmic bitch-slap they felt was due. Of course there are secrets, misunderstandings, and the curve ball – a supernatural element. What is going on with this? I’m assuming we’ll find out more in the next book of the trilogy. I listened to the audiobook, and I liked that each character was narrated by a different person. Each voice was distinct and worked for the character. My biggest complaint was that the ending kind of came out of nowhere, and there was so much left unresolved. I’m used to reading books in a series that end with a cliffhanger, but this one just felt incomplete. However, I guess it served its purpose, because I am definitely going to read the next book to find out where all of this is going! Luckily, the trilogy is complete – the final book just came out in September.

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Jessica’s addiction to books began at age 4, going on weekly trips to the library with her mom. After being a young fan of Sweet Valley High and The Baby-Sitters Club, she discovered the thrill of reading a book that made her want to leave the light on and check under the bed. Her all-time favorite author is Stephen King, but she will read just about anything! Jessica never leaves home without her e-reader, and considers it the best gift she ever received. Her other hobbies include running and going to Disney World as often as possible.


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