Friday, May 5, 2017

*Review* Burn for Burn by Jenny Han

Genre: YA Romance
Published: September 18, 2012
Pages: 369


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 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.


I'm on a Jenny Han kick, so I figured it was time to give this series a try. It also helps that all 3 books were avaliable at my library without insane wait periods. First off, this is NOTHING like her other books. The others I have read revolve around first love anf romantic triangles, nothing too serious. The drama involved in this one, though, is much heavier and riskier. At first I figured there was going to be some basic teenage bull shit going on. Nope. That was quickly snuffed out. Because things get intense. And sometimes things will go a bit further than I'm comfortable with. I do like that the revenges plotted out aren't black and white. There is a depth to them and consequences to every action they take and the plans don't always go accordingly. The main characters are three girls with entirely different lives that intersect with their need for what they believe to be justice. There's the rich and popular cheerleader, the super hot loner chick, and the new girl. And they keep their "friendship" a secret so as not to risk being caught. What really frustrates me is there are a couple of people in this story that legit need some crazy revenge shit inflicted on them, but they're overlooked. Yeah, that's how it normally goes in real life. But I felt the authors were perpetrating a certain negative culture by not giving that part a better ending. That pissed me off. After reading this though, I have decided to make a note so I can check out Siobhan Vivian's other books. This one was pretty good. 

3.5/5 Platypires. - Joood - Hooligan

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About the Authors

Jenny Han
Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series; Shug; the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian; and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. Visit her at

Siobhan Vivian
Siobhan Vivian is the author of the young adult novel The List, as well as Not That Kind of Girl, Same Difference, and A Little Friendly Advice, and the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Jenny Han. A former editor for Alloy Entertainment, she received her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She teaches creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Visit her at

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