Young Adult Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian


Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Age Range: 12 and up

Series: Burn for Burn #1

Hardcover: 368 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 18, 2012)

Language: English

Genre: Contemporary YA

Source: Pulseit

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

About the Book:

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.

But bad things can happen, even to good girls . . . and sometimes, the only way to make things right is to do something wrong.

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?

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About the Authors:

Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series, Shug, and the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. Visit her at

Siobhan Vivian is the author of the young adult novel The List, as well as Not That Kind of Girl, Same Difference, and A Little Friendly Advice,
and the Burn for Burn trilogy. A former editor for Alloy Entertainment,
she received her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She teaches
creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Visit her at


My Thoughts:

I liked this book for a lot of reasons. I also disliked several things
about it. I ALMOST quit at the 30% mark, but I’m glad I didn’t.

What I liked:

  • Revenge! Oh yes, I am a sucker for devious plotting and evil schemes. I
    mean, who hasn’t fantasized about exacting revenge at one point or
  • The characters. I liked each one of their stories and how their
    histories were entwined with each other. I loved that we had a popular
    socialite, a bitter outcast, and the quiet victim of childhood bullying
    all coming together to take down the people that wronged them.
  • The writing. This book was really well written. Even though there were a
    lot of characters, they were unique enough that I didn’t get them
    confused. The author did a great job of developing each of them and
    giving the reader bits of their stories throughout the book.

What I didn’t like:

  • Lame revenge. Most of the things the girls did were pretty tame and
    didn’t amount to much excitement. I wish they had amped things up a bit.
    Maybe a lot.
  • Cliffhanger ending. Just when things started going, the book ended. I nearly screamed.
  • Content. Parents be warned, when it comes to content, this one has is
    all: non-descriptive sex, drugs, language, crime, lying, and teen
    drinking. The one plus side of this is that none of the content is
    portrayed in a positive light. If anything, it serves as a reminder of
    how making the wrong choices can leave you with big scars and even
    bigger regrets.
  • Supernatural aspect. It was kind of weird and didn’t fit with the plot
    or the rest of the story. Maybe it will make more sense in the next

When all is said and done, I fully plan on reading the next one.  So take that for what you will. 

The Cover: I am absolutely 100% head over heels in love with this cover.  The colors are gorgeous and I love the way the title is slapped right on top of the image.  


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  • Reply
    December 31, 2013 at 1:06 am

    I have been interested in this book since I first saw the cover. Good to know that you almost gave up at the 30% mark, but that you are glad you finished it. Thanks for sharing your honest review. 🙂

  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    January 2, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Eh. I have this book so I was hoping for more of a positive review from you. I've had books where there is a random supernatural aspect just smacked into the story. It's weird… Happy New Year!
    ^__^ ~ Teen Wolf ads.

    • Reply
      January 4, 2014 at 12:47 am

      I expected more from the book, so I was disappointed in it, but I do plan on reading the next one

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