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Burn for Burn [Burn for Burn Trilogy 1] by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Burn for BurnThe first of a trilogy (#3 debuts next month; I’m arriving on Jar Island a little late), Burn is inarguably shocking, but it definitely sets the stage for more chills to come. Mary, who left Jar Island in 7th grade, is back in 11th completely transformed. Lillia, once a summer-only vacationer, is a year-round popular girl – wealthy, beautiful, of course, a cheerleader. Kat, who is desperate to escape the microcosmic claustrophobia, just needs to hold on until she can get to college.

As senior year begins for the latter two, all three have a wrong they need to make right. They’re not friends, but they’re definitely collaborators: Alex will get his due for hooking up with Lillia’s freshman sister, Reeve needs to feel a fraction of the hurt he caused Mary, and Rennie needs to get knocked off her smug queen-bee perch. Who needs enemies when friends and strangers are plotting to take you down?

Think train wreck. Think gapers’ block. And you’re not going to be able to turn away (or, turn off the chilling, utterly convincing trio-narration). Are today’s teenagers really this vengeful? Bestselling young adult novelists Jenny Han (she of the sigh-inducing Belly Trilogy!) and Siobhan Vivian will surely make you believe. Underage drinking and drugs, vandalism, date rape, desperation, haves vs. have-nots, and even paranormal horror – and that’s just the first month of high school … how much revenge will finally be enough?

Readers: Young Adult

Published: 2012


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