Book Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian


Original Title: Burn For Burn

Series: Burn For Burn #1

Author(s): Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Published: April 24th, 2012, by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Adults

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Page Count: 358, Hardcover

An easy read. I finished it in two days and fell in love with the story at once. Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian have emerged to one of my favorite authors already.


I like how this story builds up with introducing the three main characters and them leading them together. At first, it seems to be a young adult story about revenge taking and childish things like that. But after reading some scenes, I realized that there must be more to this book. Somehow, it reminded me of the Magical Realism genre, with paranormal things happening around the real-life setting.


I love the characters. There is actually no character that I really hate. Ok, Rennie was quite annoying, but I will come at her during the review for the second part of this book. Mary is definitely my favorite character. I cried the most when reading her parts. It was so sad hearing about her childhood :'( I actually hate Reeve more than I hate Rennie, to be honest. However, I enjoyed reading Lillian’s chapters the most. It was so much fun to read about her obviously perfect life filled with clothes, parties, cool friends, and an obviously fun time. Strangely, I didn’t enjoy reading Kat’s chapters. I am not sure why, although I liked her as a character. She was so different from the other two, and actually so similar to Rennie. I loved how fierce and bad-ass she was :’D Besides Lillian and Mary, Alex is also my favorite character. He is just so cute and you have to admit it, he is the perfect man :D Well, all in all, I liked how the chapters were divided into the characters, just like it was in GoT, only in this book, it was only the 3 main characters. And since I love character development, I loved seein the story through different point of views :)

Writing Style:

It was written in an easy style, but the descriptions and details were surely not poor. I could clearly imagine how Jar Island looked like. I also loved how Lillian’s beautiful things were described, and Mary’s inner chaos. The atmosphere that was created was somewhere between Gossip Girl and Tim Burton :D I enjoyed that very much.

Final rating – 4/5: A perfect read for any girl who likes to dream, cry, and marvel.


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