Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bookanistas: Burn For Burn

Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge.

     KAT is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend.

     LILLIA has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she’s going to put a stop to it.

     MARY is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who’s responsible has yet to get what’s coming to him.

     None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together…anything is possible.

     With an unlikely alliance in place, there will be no more “I wish I’d said…” or “If I could go back and do things differently...” These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.

When I was younger I was in love with a book series by Katherine Applegate called Boyfriends/Girlfriends, which was republished in the '90s and renamed Making Out. I LOVED this series! I hadn't thought of it in years, but within the first chapter of Burn For Burn I was reminded of this series and how much I loved it. Just like the Boyfriends/Girlfriends books, Burn For Burn takes place on a tiny island that can only be reached by ferry and is populated by a group who has grown up together and known each other (and each others' business) forever. I love that incestuous small town vibe...made even smaller by the fact that they are on a little island. If you were a fan of Boyfriends/Girlfriends in the '80s or Making Out in the '90s, I bet you'll love this one. 

You'll also love it if you love vigilante revenge stories. The three unlikely friends in this book team up to get revenge on the people who have wronged them, and it's always fun to see the tables turned on a bully. Both Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han have always done an excellent job at capturing honest teen feelings, and this book is no exception. Their treatment of revenge is realistic and rings so, so true, which is to say that not everything works out perfectly for our girls, and that's part of the fun. 

If you take one look at the cover, though, you'll know what my very favorite part of this book was. That's right...ASIAN MAIN CHARACTER! I love you, Lillia, and I love that they put your gorgeous face on the cover of this book. I know people worry about how to properly portray non-white characters when it comes to writing. I'll give you a this book and look at Lillia. She's an awesome, awesome Asian character. I loved being in her head, I loved reading about her, and I can't wait for the next book to see what else she has going on. 


  1. Wow, sounds like a really awesome book! I don't read contemporary fic that much, but it looks like I may have to make an exception! Thanks for sharing!

  2. OH MY GOODNESS, I absolutely felt the same way about the Boyfriends/Girlfriends series and Burn For Burn. I *loved* those books, and I love this one too. Can't wait to see where the series goes :)

  3. I love that there's an Asian girl on the cover and that she's one of the MCs! I also just really like this cover. Will have to add this to my TBR list.

  4. Hmm, this has sort of a Revenge vibe to it...I'll have to take a look at this one!