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Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  10,585 ratings  ·  1,598 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Katie Okay… Well, the first book really doesn't have anything supernatural. Honestly, I went through the first (Burn for Burn) and hated it, then got to the…moreOkay… Well, the first book really doesn't have anything supernatural. Honestly, I went through the first (Burn for Burn) and hated it, then got to the end and was all like "WTF JUST HAPPENED" so I read the other two. I love love loved the second (Fire with Fire) and the ending of that one was even more of a shocker. The third one is really where you get supernatural. The finale of Fire with Fire did tell you what was going on. I don't want to ruin everything… but there's a ghost in the novels, and after you get past everything, it's almost the whole premise of the series. Totally recommend, though. One of my favorites! Hope I could Help!(less)
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
"This is Karma. I’m a bitch. Can you think of anyone who deserves a bitch slap?"
My phone buzzes again.
"If so, meet at Judy Blue Eyes, 2am. If not, sit back and enjoy the show."
*sheepishly hands over her "Get Out Of Jail Free" card*

Technically, I'm not supposed to like this book. There are no end to clichéd characters, there's not so much a love triangle as a love star or whatever shape there is with way too many pointy ends (my Geometry teacher would be so proud), because it seems like everyone
bitches get even

now, usually i am a little leery about reading books that it took two people to write. but this one didn't seem cobbled together the way Beautiful Creatures did. and i don't read a lot of realistic YA, but the guy at the s&s booth at ALA assured me i would like it. and i did. thank you, guy whose name i have forgotten. we had a very nice conversation and i am sorry i have forgotten your name and i thank you for pushing this book on me, even though i made a frowny face at the
Sorry Karma, we're taking things into our own hands! Kat, Mary, and Lillia are out for revenge. These three incredibly different girls - both in personality and social status - help each other right some wrongs. A great balance of friendship, drama, and intrigue; Burn for Burn is full of entertainment value, and high in sass!

The girls: We've got three convincing voices made up of three distinctive personalities. In a style that will appeal to fans of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, we swi
"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."

"Oh, here go hell come."
-Calvin Tran

I love revenge stories. Whether it's Edmond Dantes in Count of Monte Cristo or Beatrix Kiddo in Kill Bill, there's just something about characters who say, No. Not anymore. Not again.

In Burn for Burn, we meet three characters -- a princess, a basket case, a brain. The chapters alternate between their points of view as we discover how they end up on a collision course of revenge. The book op
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Now I'm pissed! Jenny Han was one of the best Contemporary, Realistic fiction writers ever! Why must she go and write Supernatural, fantasy fiction???? This is so upsetting because most fantasy-fic writers, do not really write good books. so if she writes a crappy book and I read it, I won't remember her for the awesome We'll Always Have Summer but for the crappy job she did with a fantasy book. Ugh. For some, you might think this is stupid of me and petty. It most definitely is. Guess I will fi ...more
Natalie Monroe
My reaction to the sort-of-cliffhanger ending:

Yup. Burn For Burn is that good.

It's told from the POVs of three different girls, Lillia, Kat, and Mary, who meet by chance in a bathroom during the lowest points of their lives. Together, they plot to take down the people who have hurt them.

Mean Girls style.

You can always, always tell who's narrating because their voices are so distinctive. Unlike a certain dystopian, who only had two POVs, one of which was a different gender, and they couldn't get
sunset shimmer
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Actual rating is 4.5 stars.

I cannot even tell you how excited I was to read this book. The beautiful cover and the badass blurb was way too hard to resist. I can safely say that this book didn't disappoint me at all. I ended up reading it so fast because it just pulled me in that much. But I have to take away half a star due to a tiny little detail that I'll explain later in this review.

So the book is told from the POVs of Mary,
Susane Colasanti
Burn for Burn is such an exciting read. Lillia, Kat and Mary tell this riveting story in three distinct voices that will keep you up late reading. I can't wait to see what happens next in this hot trilogy!
Loved it!
This is such a fun story, and so easy to read.
It's super fast-paced and I had such a hard time putting it down. I loved all of the characters, they each have their own personalities and I love how they all interacted.
The plot is so interesting, even though it's a little predictable. I can't wait to read the next book!
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
Buddy read with my wonderful friend, Maria

Welp. That wasn't what I expected. In many ways I think I've been putting this one off because I knew it wasn't going to be what I wanted. It's not that it didn't have it's exceptional moments where I found some immense enjoyment out of the three girls' bonding experiences or the revenge they were seeking on the individuals who treated them badly. But, at the risk of sounding hoity toity, it all just came across so....juvenile.

So many people liked this b
Being a huge fan of Jenny Han’s books, when I first heard about Burn for Burn, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. Also Siobhan Vivian was an author whose books I had been promising myself to getting around to for ages. So I knew picking up this book would be a win-win situation!

Burn for Burn focuses on three girls, Kat, Mary and Lillia forced to work together on one common goal; revenge. You know the saying revenge is a dish best served cold? Well this saying totally applied here. The three

Alright, this book was filled with every ridiculous high school stereotype ever, and is so unrealistic. However, I am hooked so I guess that really didn't matter.
Jamie-leigh Haughn

I went in to this book expecting it to be just a light fun contemporary.... but boy was I wrong! This book had me completely engulfed after the first few chapters. I loved having the perspectives of the three girls, Kat, Lillia and Mary. Each girl is so different and had really interesting reasons on why they wanted revenge, yet they all kind of intertwined. I think of the three girls I liked Mary the best, although its really hard to choose, they are pretty equal, I definitely enjoyed
"I'm sick of waiting for karma. Karma can suck it."

I didn't expect to liked this book as much as I did!! The story is unbelievably crazy because of its clicheness but it's just so entertaining that I feel like it's something to overlooked!

What this story about:

Mary is back to Jar Island. She left back then because she was being bullied starting when Reeve transfer to their school. He called her "Big Easy" and the name got stuck. But the wound went deeper than that. She planned on making him f
buddy read with the awesome Chelsea :-D

well I really enjoyed this book !!!! it was a combination of mean girls and john tucker must die ! and i loved both movies :P

burn for burn is about three girls: Lillia , Mary and Kat...they dont hang out together ... they are not friends but after they got hurt from people they cared or loved they decided to unite and take them down ... it´s time for revenge bitches!

each girl was so unique and different from the other one...

Lillia is the rich , popular g
Aria (The Whimsical Reader)
“This is Karma. I’m a bitch. Can you think of anyone who deserves a bitch slap?"

After reading Khan's review about this book, I totally agree with her when she said that parent would want their kids to be home schooled after reading this... I totally want my kid to be home schooled now! The things that these kids have done in this book were... so evil.. so uncaring... they wanted vengeance... they wanted to make them pay...they would do whatever it cost, to deliver their vengeance.

The theme of
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You know what? I'm actually pretty peeved. You wanna know why? Because I was dead set on giving this book a glorious 4 stars before I reached the ending.

That ending was awful. I have never been more annoyed at an ending before, especially since it stinks of cliffhanger gone wrong and a now-you-HAVE-to-read-the-second-book promotion. I was hoping this was a stan
Jessica (priceiswong)
I'm not really sure how to explain my feelings about this book.

There were a lot of aspects that I liked, but some that I didn't really like at all.

I really like Jenny Han's writing style and that really came through..but.. I don't know. I liked this book (obviously I gave it a 4 star rating, but I'm already doubting myself thinking it may be closer to 3.5 stars?

I enjoyed that these girls are trying to get their revenge because these characters definitely had it coming to them. I didn't exactl
I'm disappointed at how shallow this book turned out to be - it was a too petty and hurtful to be juvenile, but not hard-hitting enough to be gritty. While the initial idea of it caught my interest, the actual reading turned out to be the pretty immature revenge antics of three girls who I really thought could find a lot of better things to do with their time. As the book continued, I slowly got more and more annoyed with each of the three main girls and wished they would all just grow up a bit. ...more
Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada
Ah the joys of high school, full of cliques, and drama, and this time around revenge. The book takes place on Jar Island. a picture perfect area with four towns. The residents don't believe in locking their doors, and everyone trusts one another. We start off with Mary who comes back to Jar Island, for reasons that aren’t explained right away so the mystery deepens. Then there’s Lillia, the rich but not spoiled princess who wants nothing but to protect her little sister from making the same grue ...more
Jen Bigheart (I Read Banned Books)
Uh, there better be a book #2! What an ending!

Every now and then I love a good bitchy book with drama and this one delivered! From the get-go we see that friendships are strained and not so peachy. Told from three points of view, Lilia, Kat, and Mary, life on Jar Island is anything but breezy. Lillia and Rennie are the schools Queen B's, but their relationship is more of a love/hate kind of thing. Lillia is tired of Rennie's selfish behavior and the way she treats the entire school. Kat was cas
Zabet The Dark Empress of Dark Chocolate
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Cover Impressions: First of all, kudos for having cover models who actually look like the characters (double kudos for having an Asian character and *GASP! an Asian Model - IT CAN BE DONE!) This is the type of cover that would definitely appeal to my jr high girls. The faded colors work really well and I enjoy the effect of the transparent title overlay.

The Gist: On the picturesque Jar Island the teenage population subsists on partyin
Katie (Books and Katie)
Jan 21, 2014 Katie (Books and Katie) rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Pretty Little Liars series!
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I'm sick of waiting for karma. Karma can suck it.


Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won't stop until they each had a taste.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)


If I were to acknowledge every note I made while reading this book, I would have given it a 1 star rating. On the other hand, if I think about how I basically devoured this book in one sitting and was on the edge of my seat the entire time, I would have t
Actual rating - 3.5

Burn for Burn was an okay read, but it started out quite slow.

I felt really sorry for Mary. That day must have been awful for her, it was so embarrassing!
I felt sorry for Kat too. I've had "friends" cut me off like that before too, and it really isn't nice!
I could see where Lilia was coming from with her reason for revenge, but i thought it was a bit silly that she didn't investigate the matter beforehand.

The ending was weird! I really don't get why the authors thought that
Jun 28, 2014 TL rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to TL by: Aly∞
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I did not expect to like this book as much as I did... It was fun ride, watching as these girls planned and plotted to get back the people who caused them pain/anger.

I think I would've gotten along with all these girls, but Kat was my favorite:) Loved how stayed true to herself and didn't let Rennie totally destroy her, mentally cheered when she stood up to Rennie in the school parking lot.

I felt so bad for Mary, what Reeve did was despicable and he didn't even seem to feel sorry for it.. I coul
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
Burn for Burn was such a guilty pleasure read for me! There is something so juicy and enjoyable about books dealing with revenge. We all know some idiot who gets away with their sucky behaviour time and time again and it was so fun living vicariously through Lillia, Kat and Mary as they demanded payback. Watching them get their revenge felt strangely satisfying as a reader who loves these characters but at the same time I liked how this book shown that there’s always more to people and their rea ...more
Annabel ♥
I loved this book so much! <3

I loved it to pieces. If someone tore this book apart (O_o) I would continue to love every last smithereen of it. In fact, I wasn't expecting to like this book at all. It looked super cheesy, but it turned out to be an awesome read. One of my favorites of 2013, I have to admit.

I liked Jenny Han's Summer trilogy well enough, but it wasn't one of my favorites. I don't think I would have given this book a second glance were it not for some reviews I read, the gorgeou
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I read this book online, which I really hate doing but I hardly cared!! It was really, really awesome! :D

There are 3 girls in this book, all set on revenge!

Liliana... Her younger freshman sister and one of her best guy friends are hooking up... Um, what? ... Nothing can set him straight like a little dose of revenge!

Kat... She saw her kinda sorta but not really boyfriend/friend/we-hooked-up-once and one of her
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