Originally posted on Books As You Know It
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Silobhan Vivian is a different kind of YA book especially genre wise. It wasn't a cute, fluff read but it wasn't necessarily a "dark" kind of read either. Maybe a mischievous read? It does have some main contemporary aspects like family, friendship, and cliques/"mean girl" but certainly hints at a paranormal twist that I hope to see explained in Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2). I was especially exited to read this book since I haven't read a revenge plot in a while and I did have expectations for it and it reached it but at the same time it didn't. I know that doesn't make much sense, but there were some scenes that were plain genius and awesome and at the same time I felt like the writing needed something more that could have been added to the story.
I really enjoyed this story! It's a book that I'm sure many teens felt connected with and enjoyed! I'm not a big fan of dual or more POVs but Jenny and Siobhan did a marvelous job constructing the story so that the story worked better with it than just one. Plus when reading it you felt like it was one author/one mind writing this whole book.
What I really liked about Burn for Burn was how different all the characters were, which also made each of their POVs interesting and helped to story development. All 3 had a vendetta against someone for a particular reason; Mary against reeve, Lillia against Alex, and Kat against Rennie. Mary is your quite, shy, and super nice girl who has her own sad story and I feel for her. Her unexpected bursts of electrical power was the only mysterious part of the book that seriously has me questioning if this contemporary like story is going to turn to paranormal. Reeve is the big guy in town, with the looks, charm, and amazing football skills, he's basically idolized among everyone and sought after by the one and only Rennie, Queen B, of the school. What he did do Rennie was such a jerk move and this is probably the worst thing I could say but I didn't feel much hatred for him which is weird because I usually feel like punching guys like him.
I thought that Lillia was a cool character albeit she was annoying at some scenes. Being the rich one in the book and asian, Jenny and Siobhan did a great job added racial variety within the story and faced downw some racial stereotypes that a lot of teens think of. Alex also was a cool character and I didn't have anything against him for most of the book. Kat was kick-butt! With her wit and sarcasm plus history with her ex-BFF who is now Queen B and treating her like trash, her revenge against Rennie seemed the most reasonable and totally worth it!! Rennie is the most annoying, insecure character ever. >.> She's the kind of girl who's hair you want to tear out and unleash your inner claws at.
There wasn't a huge build on romance. But form what I understand: Rennie likes Reeve who may like either Lillia or Mary. Mary who likes Reeve even through what he did to her. Alex who I think likes Lillia but may have had a thing for Kat. And Kat who liked Alex. All different and I'm not really shipping anyone just yet.
Burn for Burn is for all you readers up for some mischief and lovers of Revenge (the t.v show) just with more teen drama. I would recommend this more to contemporary readers. However, some mystery lovers may or may not like it. Burn for Burn is a hard book to recommend to considering the fact that it borders on a thin line between readers if they would like the book or not. So really, if you think the synopsis seems interesting then go for and read it!