Review: Burn For Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Published September 18th, 2012
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
358 pages (Hardcover)


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. (From Goodreads)

Burn For Burn is a great read with revenge, drama and just a little bit of mystery thrown in.

The story is told from three different perspectives.  At first I thought that this would be annoying, but the three voices actually worked wonderfully together and were pretty seamless.  The three main characters are all very different, and I loved that!  There is something there for virtually any reader, and most people can likely connect with at least one of our three main girls.  Mary is the quiet, sweet one with a darker past.  Lillia is beautiful, popular and rich, but feels disconnected with this.  Kat used to be popular, but since the death of her mom, has strayed to a less ideal crowd.  There is something in each girl that is so alive and true that they really come to life.  I loved all three, but definitely saw little pieces of me in Mary.

And who doesn't love a little revenge?!  This plot is so good and I like that not everything is what it seems.  Little twists pop up here and there, and then there is that one big question about Mary that left me confused and curious about her!  No spoilers, but I can't wait to see how this works out in Fire With Fire.  The ending is just right, leaving the reader curious about what will happen next in this whole quest for revenge, but not suspenseful enough to make you throw the book through the window (or, in my case, Kobo, which would have been very bad).

I figured I should finally read Burn For Burn in preparation for Fire With Fire next month (August 13th, 2013).  I did not expect to love it as much as I did.  Any fan of YA contemporary/drama/revenge should read this immediately!


  1. I've been wondering about this one for a while now. I read the first in Jenny Han's Summer series and really enjoyed it, and I know a lot of people love Siobhan Vivian's THE LIST. So a joint project by the two of them? Sounds great. I love the premise behind this one, so I'll definitely have to check it out. Awesome review as always, Samantha!

    P.S. I love your signature at the end of your posts! :-)

  2. I loved this one, too. I really liked all three of the characters and loved how quick the pace of the story was. The whole thing with Mary was a little weird and almost didn't seem to fit the rest of the story, but I loved it anyway. I actually just started Fire with Fire yesterday. I'm not too far in, but I'm loving it so far.


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