Review: Burn for Burn

December 6, 2012 Review 2 ★★★

Review: Burn for Burn
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian
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Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 384
Release Date: August 6th 2013
Genres: Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, General, Girls & Women, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Payback is paradise in this start to a trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge. KAT is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend. LILLIA has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she’s going to put a stop to it. MARY is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who’s responsible has yet to get what’s coming to him. None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together…anything is possible. With an alliance in place, there will be no more “I wish I’d said…” or “If I could go back and do things differently...” These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.
May contain spoilers, but I’m not sure there’s much to spoil anyway.
 
 
 Have you ever read a book that sounds and looks amazing, gets really good, then drops off with no resolution and plot holes? If you have, you must have read BURN FOR BURN. Of course you could like that sort of thing: “It’s so genius, it doesn’t even have an ending.” No. Just, no. I need resolution! I need everything bundled up in a nice little package, everything resolved all neat and tidy, no storyline left to wander because it wasn’t tied up properly.



The reason I am negative about this is because no ending is my biggest literary pet peeve! I can speak for everyone here at Readers In Wonderland because I know they dislike this with a passion too.

Anyway, to the actual story. When I first picked this up I immediately thought of a PRETTY LITTLE LIARS or John Tucker Must Die (film). The title even is awesome-BURN FOR BURN? Heck, yes. Revenge is sweet. But the revenge in this novel is childish, similar to a prank. *Spoiler* Oh you stopped someone from winning Homecoming Queen, wow! How… devious. 

 
  Then there is Alex. Boy needs to figure out what he wants. I think he literally was with four different girls throughout the story and he was depicted as being so in love with one. If he was then why was he with other girls? Girls who are friends with this one girl? I’m kind of talking in circles here but I don’t want to give anything away by saying names.
      
Don’t get me started on the supernatural aspect that seemed thrown in this book for some odd reason that didn’t even contribute to the storyline. It just kind of brought the story down. Farther.
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I gave it three stars because it was written extremely well otherwise, it was easy to follow and light. It is also one of the best books I have read by two authors.
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Overall: 3

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