Series: Burn for Burn #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on September 18, 2012
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.
~ I was surprised by how much I liked this book. I love revenge themed books, but I still didn’t expect this book to have as much depth as it did.
~ Seriously, peeps, quit pissing off teenage girls. They will mess you up!
~ The revenges planned were interesting. Ranging from simple to devastating, it was fun to watch the girls plot and scheme.
~ At this point I feel I should point out that I like the idea of revenge, it works wonderfully in books and movies, but in real life I don’t think revenge ever really works out. The authors do a great job in not glorifying what the girls are doing, and there are real consequences of their actions. It’s easy to say that a person you don’t like deserves to suffer, it’s a totally different beast to actually make them suffer as a result of something you’ve done.
~ One of my small complaints in the book is that even though the chapters alternate between the three girls, I really only feel like I got to know Kat. Mary and Lillia still seem distant, so I’m hoping that their personalities will shine more in the next book.
~ But, I did like the struggle both Mary and Lillia had with what they were doing. It was especially tough on Lillia because she’s friends with all the people the girls are targeting. We all have frenemies, but we also probably have good memories twisted around the bad, and it just makes things complicated. I very much approve of characters who are torn between doing the right thing, and doing what feels right.
~ Also there is one element of the book that I’m not sure I get, but to mention it would be a spoiler. If it’s done well, I could see myself liking it, but I’m just not sure it’s going to mesh well. But I could be wrong, and I hope I am. Because it would certainly be different, and sometimes different is exactly what I crave.
~ I hate all of Lillia’s friends, but I especially loathe Rennie. Maybe I’m supposed to feel sorry for her, but I don’t. I’d be willing to help the girls ruin her. Reeve is still a question mark. He’s caused so much pain and misery, but I’m willing to bet that boy has some dark demons too. Although, honestly, sometimes some people just suck.
~ One of my favorite things about the island the girls live on is the fact that cell phone service is spotty. I think we take it for granted, okay I take it for granted, that I’ll have coverage pretty much anywhere I go. I both love and hate this. Because sometimes I just don’t want to be gotten hold of, but for all these cool gadgets and electronics we buy we lose some of our privacy. I would totally vacation in Jar Island!
~ Of all the girls, I’m a mash of Mary and Lillia, but I wish I had a bit more Kat in me. What about you?
~ I’m very excited to read the next book, since this one left off with a couple cliff hangers. I picked up Fire with Fire at BEA, even though I hadn’t read this one yet, and I’m so glad I did. First off, the authors are adorable, and secondly, I don’t have to wait to discover the fate of a certain character.
Kat: she is the ultimate townie girl, tough and sarcastic, but she’s got lots of feelings, and an axe to grind.
Lillia: one of the golden girls of high school, she’s reeling from the consequences of giving into peer pressure, and she’s determined to protect her little sister.
Mary: she’s returning to the island, and to the boy who caused her so much pain and humiliation in the past.
Rennie: Lillia’s best friend, former bff of Kat, she’s desperate to stay on top of the pack no matter who she has to hurt.
Reeve: friends with Lillia, Rennie’s crush, and Mary’s tormentor.
Alex: friends with Lillia and secret friends with Kat, all is not as it seems with him.
Nadia: Lillia’s little sister, following in big sister’s footsteps, but not all of them if Lillia can help it.
For me the most compelling scenes were Mary’s back story and what happened to Lillia at the party. Even though Kat’s the driving force of the little revenge club, Mary and Lillia have the most motivation to see people suffer for the wrongs done them.
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I enjoyed the book, quite a lot. I would totally recommend it if it sounds good to you. It’s a fast read and I think there’s at least one character we all can relate too. This is not a soft and fluffy book though. You have been warned! 😉
Burn for Burn gets a Midnight Book Rating of: