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.
©2012 Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc
I picked up Burn For Burn right after reading This is WAR because they both had similar concepts – girls teaming up for vengeance.
In This is WAR the girls wanted revenge for the murder of their best friend.
In Burn for Burn, the girls wanted revenge for people saying mean things to them!
Okay, there is a little more to it but we are not talking life or death stakes here so I had a major case of the whocaresies for the majority of the book. With such low stakes and no major investment from the three leads the plot just stagnated with pointlessness.
If the book had embraced its light-weight fare and made it fun I suppose there could have been an audience for it (not me but people seem to like the Sara Shepard dominated genre of bad thing happening to popular girls). Throw in a friendship being forged between the three ‘heroines’ with some nice character development and then we could have really had something here.
Instead we got something really, really weird and borderline stupid
I normally do spoiler-free reviews so all I can say is that in the closing pages we get a major genre shift out of basically nowhere.
Imagine watching “Bring it On” and at the final cheerleading battle we find out the Clovers team was composed of half-robot.
Imagine reading “Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants” and after the girls are all reunited with the pants, they decide they should time-travel next summer.
Would that be weird? A little jarring maybe? Would you have any idea you were signing up for anything other than stories about average teenage girls from the plot summaries and 99% of the story?
No, you wouldn’t. And neither did I when I picked up Burn for Burn. And if a supernatural twist sounds like just the ticket to breathe life into a generic and average story…you’d be mistaken. Like I said this is an 11th hour conversion with almost no bearing or impact on the (limited) story.
I guess (hope) this would be the focus of book 2 which is now available but to me that makes Burn for Burn seem like and excessive prologue I had to pay hard cash for.
I’m really not sure who to recommend this to because it isn’t satisfying as a coming of age, revenge or supernatural story. The characters had potential but like everything else in the book they seemed to get short changed by the lack of focus.
As it stands I probably won’t continue with the series but I could imagine being curious enough to want more given the lack of resolution to Burn for Burn.
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