Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Burn for Burn, by Jenny Han and Siobahn Vivian

Burn for Burn was one of those impulse-buy books that really let me down. Usually I'm good at randomly picking up books that I like, but that was not the case with this one.

Burn for Burn was about classic high school drama, and three girls - Kat, Mary, and Lillia - who vow to get revenge on their sometimes-torturous peers. Kat is harboring hatred for a girl named Rennie, her used-to-be best friend who is now a classic mean girl. Mary has recently returned to public school after being scorned in middle school by the stereotypical jock, Reeve. And Lillia is plotting against her supposed best friend, Alex Lind, who she thinks is dating her little sister, Nadia, behind her back.

This ulikely trio comes together to take down the "popular" crowd and champion the underdog. But, their plan backfires and they eventually find themselves in way over their heads.

The plot of Burn for Burn was relatively predictable, and there was quite a bit of mature content. The characters kind of blended together, and I don't think their personalities were as developed as they could have been. Kat had the strongest voice, but even then, it was odd to me that she was so well-developed while the rest just seemed like stock characters.

Overall, this book was just okay, but I wouldn't really recommend it to middle schoolers due to the sometimes-mature language and content.

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