Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Summary: Mary, Lillia, and Kat all want revenge on those who have wronged them. When they team up for payback, things don’t go exactly as planned.
My thoughts: Burn for Burn is easy to devour, as is the case with most of Han and Vivian’s books. Each vengeance-bound girl has an interesting story to tell, and all are easy to invest in. Although revenge is often difficult to read about, because of the fact that it sometimes goes too far (a clear message in Burn for Burn), you’ll find yourself unable to quit turning pages because the protagonists’ voices are just so compelling. Even though you know what they’re doing is horrible, you still feel an odd sort of anticipation for the shaming of a bully. I think that’s what makes Burn for Burn such an effective novel: the reader can easily put him or herself in the characters’ place.
Burn for Burn’s story might not be incredibly deep, but it is clever. The ways in which the three girls’ lives intersect is mapped out very well by the authors. It’s clear that Han and Vivian are meticulous about their storytelling—which is likely why it flows so well. Burn for Burn is suspenseful in all the right places.
If you’re in the mood for a quick, fun contemporary read, check out Burn for Burn. It’s perfect for fans of the TV show Revenge, because although there aren’t any armed holdups, these girls do get their hands dirty.
Comment question: Is revenge ever justifiable, in your opinion? When’s the last time you did something in the name of revenge?