Review: Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1) by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Book Title: Burn for Burn
Authors: Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Published Date: September 18th, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
Genre: YA Contemporary
Series: Book 1 in Burn for Burn trilogy
Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Postcard-perfect Jar Island is the kind of place where nobody locks their doors at night, where parents can sleep easy, knowing their daughters are tucked away safe and sound in their beds. 

But bad things can happen, even to good girls . . . and sometimes, the only way to make things right is to do something wrong. 

Lillia used to trust boys, but not anymore. Not after what happened this summer. And she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her little sister from the same fate. 

Kat is over the rumors, the insults, the cruel jokes made at her expense. It all goes back to one person–her ex-best friend. Someone needs to teach her a lesson, and, with Lillia and Mary behind her, Kat feels up to the task.

Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she’s not the same girl anymore. Now that she’s got friends who have her back, he’s going to be in big trouble.

Three very different girls who come together to make things right. Will they go too far?

Disclaimer: Library book.

I had been wanting to start this series ever since I saw the ARC’s of the third book floating around.  I had never read anything by Siobhan Vivian, but I had read and loved To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I was excited to get this series started. The library was my friend, this time around. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, but I couldn’t wait to find out.

What I got, were three drastically different girls. Shy, quiet Mary, outspoken and blunt Kat and Lillia, family-oriented, fierce protector of her sister. Each of these girls want nothing more than to get back at the people who had hurt them, and make them pay dearly for the heartbreak they’ve caused.

Mary wants desperately to go after Reeve, the kid who taunted and teased her when they were children. The boy who coined the term “Big Easy” This awful name is only one of the reasons Mary’s family left the island. Now, she wants nothing more than to get back at him for all the years he spent helping to isolate her to the point where she had no friends.

Kat has been best friends with Rennie for a very long time. Now things have shifted and she’s now the target of cruel remarks, insults and rumors, all at the hands of a girl who used to be her best friend. Kat is realizing now that Rennie isn’t the kind of person she wants to be friends with. She wants Rennie to get a taste of her own medicine.

Lillia always trusted boys, but when things changed over the summer, she realized that boys are not to be trusted and that she needs to protect her little sister, Nadia. Especially from Alex Lind. Alex needs to pay for taking advantage of Nadia and Lillia is going to make sure that he suffers.

This book was a great surprise. Each of these girls were so different, and since the book was divided up into 3 points of view, I got a taste of what all three girls were thinking as the story unfolded. I got to see little connections between others in the book and they were able to tie into the story seamlessly.

Each of these girls had a different home life, and different motivations to work with. I loved how they banded together to help each other. Especially Kat and Mary, because they were complete opposites and didn’t have history together. Not like Kat and Lillia did. Seeing all three of these girls come together to take down other teens that had made their lives hell was really awesome.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to get with this book, but what I got was the beginning of a friendship that involved trust and helping others. I am infinitely pleased that there was no romance in this book (at least for the three main characters) as I feel like that would have weakened the book. I am giving this book 5 stars and I’m super excited to see what happens to Kat, Mary and Lillia next.

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