Publication Date: October 23rd, 2007
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Series: The Burned Duology, Book One
Pages: 544 pages
Raised in a religious — yet abusive — family, Pattyn Von Stratten starts asking questions — about God, a woman’s role, sex, love. She experiences the first stirrings of passion, but when her father catches her in a compromising position, events spiral out of control. Pattyn is sent to live with an aunt in the wilds of Nevada to find salvation and redemption. What she finds instead is love and acceptance — until she realizes that her old demons will not let her go.
I’m not sure you can go wrong with an Ellen Hopkins book. Granted, this is only the second one I’ve ever read and the first I read quite a few years ago. But her writing style is just so beautiful. All of her books (to my knowledge anyway) are written in prose and it works out perfectly. She writes about such intense and serious subjects, that it really helps to get her story across. Burned is about a teenage girl named Pattyn who is being raised in a very strict Mormon home, it’s also a very abusive home. She’s pretty sick of her home life and starts to do things that are frowned upon in her religion and her home. These events lead her to be sent to her aunts home for the summer.
I really liked this book. Once Pattyn is out of her home and into her aunts, it really shows her how life can be when you’re in a loving home and not one run by fear and hate. She gets to experience new things, meet new people, and learn a little more about her family in the process. I was absolutely not expecting the book to end the way it did and I cannot wait to find out what happens in the next book.
Overall, if you like contemporary novels that deal with tougher subjects I really think you should pick this up. If you love novels written in prose, then you should pick this up. Basically, you should just pick this up.
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