Burn for Burn
(Burn for Burn #1)Published September 18th 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Amazon | Barnes and Noble
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.
My Thoughts: Revenge is sweet, or is it? That is what these three unlikely allies, Lillia, Kat, and Mary find out in Burn for Burn. The story is told from all three girls point of view. Lillia, the socialite,who is rich, a cheerleader, popular, and whose friend who wants to be more than a friend takes things to far, especially when it comes to her family. Kat, the outcast, a rebel and a badass who hangs with the wrong crowd, who finally gets fed up with her old best friend's harassment and games, and is secretly hurt by the boy she really has come to like. Then there is Mary, who is quiet, has just returned to the island to live after not being there since middle school, whose life was devastated by the popular football player that she just can't get over, and who now doesn't even recognize her. As events unfold, circumstances bring these three girls into a secret pact as they together plot, plan, and carry out their revenge on those who have wronged them. Some of the things they do are funny, some are hurtful, and some are downright deadly. Is revenge justified or have situations been misinterpreted and misconstrued? When it's all said and done, will revenge be worth it?
The story takes place on Jar Island, which is only reached by ferry. Jar Island has a mix of people from the regulars that live there all the time, to the rich socialites who vacation there or have a second home there, and the tourists who just come for a visit. The girls and their friends are seniors in high school, with the exception of Mary, who is a junior. Lillia hangs with the popular crowd, and it is this crowd that the story centers around. The story kind of reminded me of a YA version of the television show Revenge. The girls all seemed justified in their reasons for wanting revenge and are in some aspects, but aren't in others. This sheds light on the fact that you really need to get all the facts before you take action, jumping to the wrong conclusion about something. Even as the reader, I found myself jumping to the same conclusion the girls did before getting all the facts. I actually felt kind of bad for Alex, one of the targets. I liked the characters for the most part, though Mary was kind of strange and I am still not sure about her story. I will be interested to see if another side is told in regards to that in the sequel. There was even a hint of the paranormal, which sort of reminded me of the movie Carrie, but we don't find out too many details about that is this first book. I found the story entertaining and fast paced, and the plot intriguing. Personally, I did not like the ending. The way a book ends kind of makes it or breaks it for me, and this ending just didn't make it. It's sort of a cliff hanger, which I don't have a problem with, but it also just didn't feel complete enough to me. Of course, that is just my opinion, many other reviewers loved the ending. Overall, this is a good book and I enjoyed it for the most part, and will be reading the sequel when it comes out. If you enjoy contemporary YA with a twist and a hint of paranormal, then you might want to check this out.