Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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

Lillia, all-around golden girl, has it all.  Pretty, popular, smart, on the cheer squad with plenty of boys who adore her, she just knows senior year at Jar Island High is going to be fabulous.  But after a late summer party with BFF Rennie, goes really, really wrong, Lillia knows guys aren't to be trusted - not even her best guy pal, Alex Lind.  Nor, for that matter, can Rennie.  And it's her job to make sure the same thing doesn't happen to her little sister Nadia.

Four years ago, blonde, shy Mary was painfully humiliated by popular jock Reeve - and the aftermath was so scarring, she moved off island.  But now it's senior year and she's back, living with her artist Aunt Bette and trying to fit in.  Reeve's the QB on the varsity football team - and when he doesn't even recognize the girl whose life he ruined, acting like she's invisible, on the first day of school, Mary vows to do everything in her power to make sure he's sorry.

Kat is sick of being the outsider.  So what if she's from the wrong side of the tracks, loves indie rock, drinks too much coffee and wears a lot of black?  She'd be cool hanging out on the mainland at her friend Kim's record store and looking forward to college if it wasn't for ex-BFF Rennie.  Popular, mean girl Rennie, who ditched Kat freshman year and never looked back - unless it's to make Kat's life miserable.  After a summer romance with football player Alex Lind, Kat's almost ready to ignore it for another year - until Rennie humiliates her in front of Alex.  And Kat is so done with her.

Three girls.  Three vendettas.  All in, all bets are off.  Until the end.  Watch out, Jar Island - because revenge is going to be so, so sweet.

Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian are a dream team of sweet, decadent prose in this fast fun read that'll have you flipping pages and gasping in horrified glee as Lillia, Mary and Kat team up to wreak havoc on the lives of their tormentors.  Of course, not everything is as it seems, and no one is without secrets... but you'll just have to read it to find out how it all shakes out!  All I can say is, there had better be a sequel - what an open ending!  This author duo's first novel together was more delicious than a piece of key lime pie in August, so if you're looking for a slice of tart sunshine served with revenge on a rainy afternoon, check out Burn for Burn @the library!

(now reading the creeptastic second book in The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series, Such Wicked Intent!)

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