Title: Burn for Burn (#1)
Author: Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Simon & Shuster
Expected Publication Date: September 18th, 2012
Kindle Edition: 368 Pages
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Goodreads Summary: 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.Lillia 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.
Kat 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.
Four 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.
Three very different girls who come together to make things right. Will they go too far?
THIS REVIEW IS SPOILER FREE.
I have wanted to read this after finishing To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, which is one my favorite books! So, this is my second Jenny Han read and my first Siobhan Vivian read. I loved this SOOO much! But, there is logic behind my rating which I’ll explain later.
The characters are very different. We have Lillia who is ethnic; she’s Asian and a cheerleader. Lillia is always playing the older sister role, she feels that she must look out for her sister; Nadia who is an incoming Freshman at Jar Island High School. Other than that, she’s always out doing something with her best friend, Rennie. They’re usually partying, meeting guys or hanging out with the football players. Then, we have Kat she’s edgy. She is always at the record shop and seeing shows. A boy (Alex Lind) comes into her life the summer before senior year and she’s trying to see where their relationship stands or trying to get over him – it’s complicated. Lastly, we have Mary. Mary left Jar Island just 4 years ago because of a boy who ruined her life. She’s back at Jar Island to leave the past behind.
Kat, Lillia and Mary come together to seek revenge on three people: Alex, Reeve and Rennie. Kat and Lillia have some unresolved issues involving Rennie, & Mary is sort of the new girl. They’re friends at night, & strangers during the day.
This story is narrated by Kat, Lillia and Mary individually. I loved that aspect of the book because I could read from their perspectives and still know what was going on. The story doesn’t just revolve around the revenge part of the book, we also see the problems all of the girls are facing and what they’re doing when they’re not doing damage. For example, going to parties, school dances, football games, hanging with their other friends, etc.
I really enjoyed this and flew through it! I rated this four stars because it’s just the first book in the series, I wasn’t sure if I felt it deserved 5 stars because it’s just the beginning of the series. I can’t wait to pick up the next book, Fire with Fire.