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Review: Burn For Burn by Jenny Han

Review: Burn For Burn

I won a print copy of Burn For Burn in a giveaway by Ruth Gonzalez.

Summary from Goodreads:


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 had heard some pretty good things about Burn For Burn so when I won a copy and it arrived I was pretty excited to dive into it. I hadn’t read a book quite like it where there were three distinctive and separated points of view but it was quite refreshing and well done. Each girl had their own voice that was clearly only theirs, they didn’t get lost in one another and they all felt equally important although I will say that I might have liked a bit more Mary than was shown. I enjoyed her character and she just felt slightly disconnected from the main story line though understandably so.

Apparently I like the more feisty characters (see Sevy in the Sevy series) because I really enjoyed Kat. I think she had the most backbone even though she does definitely have a softer side to her even if she refuses to let anyone see it. I admire her for that, I think everyone has that softer side of them that they try hard to protect but not all of us are as successful. Though I give full credit to Lillia for defending her little sister like she did, hopefully all older siblings would do the same though I doubt it, but I didn’t quite have the same connection with her as I did with the other two. She seemed too wishy washy, like her conviction was constantly getting rattled despite what was happening around her. I’m not saying taking revenge is an easy thing but her constant feeling bad for herself and those she was taking revenge on was grating on the nerves.

The world building and scenery that was depicted was well done if simplistic. I got a pretty good feel of the Island and the various areas that the trio spent most of their time in especially their school which I could easily see in my mind’s eye. As I said, it was a simply done world due to so much of the focus being on character building so while I didn’t love it I didn’t feel it detracted from the story either.

Which brings me to the plot. I have no issue with the idea of revenge which is definitely something that I think is a pretty common thought in high school, and I think that the story was pretty well done for the most part. I had some issues with whether some scenes were realistic (one where a window was broken yet they somehow weren’t caught comes to mind). The pacing was pretty smooth for the majority of the book and the transitions between the three girls were clear and crisp. My major issue was with the ending. Without spoiling anything there was a major twist at the end of the book and I was not a fan of how the author chose to not only do the last couple scenes but specifically how rushed the ending seemed to be. If you read the ending of the book you are almost forced to think that this is the first in a series because of how abrupt it was finished and how many questions are left unanswered.

Overall I did enjoy Burn For Burn even though the ending was pretty frustrating and kept the book from being a five star book. I hope you enjoyed my review and I would recommend you check out Burn For Burn for yourself. If you have read it leave a comment telling me what you think and if not then please suggest a book that either just came out or is coming out soon that I should read, any genre. Have a great day! ^.^

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4 responses

  1. Great review! This one’s on my TBR list. I hope to get to it soon. I’m glad you liked it overall! Thanks! 😀

    October 29, 2012 at 9:20 am

  2. Great review! I have this one on my Nook and am looking forward to reading it!

    October 29, 2012 at 10:20 am

  3. gisy

    Yes that ending was just killer. I actually love cliffhanger endings lol..Can’t wait for Fire with Fire!

    Giselle @ Book Nerd Canada

    October 30, 2012 at 11:47 pm

  4. Despite questions with the plot this sounds interesting. I love that each pov had a clear voice. Love your review!

    November 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm

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