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Atlanta Burns (Atlanta Burns #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  550 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
You don’t mess with Atlanta Burns.

Everyone knows that. And that’s kinda how she likes it—until the day Atlanta is drawn into a battle against two groups of bullies and saves a pair of new, unexpected friends. But actions have consequences, and when another teen turns up dead—by an apparent suicide—Atlanta knows foul play is involved. And worse: she knows it’s her fault.

Paperback, 381 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Skyscape
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Jan 10, 2015 Shelby *trains flying monkeys* rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, read-2015
"Why can't I be a normal girl who doesn't know what spent gunpowder smells like? Why can't I just...dick around on Facebook and chase after boys and...I dunno, just quit stirring up the shit?"

That's who Atlanta Burns is. She shoots the nads off her mother's boyfriend when he started messing around with her, so she spends some time away. When she returns Atlanta is a take no bullshit kind of girl.

In the first story of the book Atlanta is helping out a gay friend who is being tortured by a bunch
Dan Schwent
Mar 27, 2015 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
I got this Atlanta Burns omnibus from Netgalley.

Shotgun Gravy: When a friend of a friend is violated by bullies in an attempt to set him straight, Atlanta Burns goes on the offensive. But can a teenage girl everyone is afraid of get the job done?

Add redneck noir Young Adult fiction to the list of things Chuck Wendig is good at. Shotgun Gravy is tale of fighting against bullying by a teenage girl that's seen a lot in her young life. I've seen her referred to as Nancy Drew with a shotgun but she's
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Jan 07, 2015 Kelly (and the Book Boar) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, read-in-2015
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The last guy who did was her momma’s boyfriend. Atlanta didn’t take too kindly to his unwelcome advances . . .

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After spending a few months in the loony bin as punishment, Atlanta is back at school where she makes a couple of new friends in need of help dealing with some Neo-Nazi type bullies and a girl who wants Atlanta to bust up the local dog fighting ring. Looks like it’s time for Atlanta to a
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Atlanta Burns is the kind of book that takes time to percolate; after finishing the last page it had me feeling all discombobulated and I needed time to think on it for a bit. If you’re familiar with Chuck Wendig’s work then you’ll have some idea of what I’m talking about. Never let it be said that the guy ever holds his punches when he tells his stories, and you can be sure this is not your run-of-the-mill Young Adult far
Jacob Proffitt
Mar 28, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it did not like it
I was prepared for gritty. And dark. I wish the author had been. I made it farther than I expected with the book because Wendig does a great job with Atlanta, herself. He nails that fragile toughness that is the heart of the character—someone who has suffered abuse but fought her way out, mostly on her own. Atlanta captures your heart almost immediately and she's brilliantly drawn.

Unfortunately, the story itself is full of author manipulation that I found both intrusive and completely unbelievab
Mr. Matt
Mar 13, 2015 Mr. Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2015
Atlanta Burns is one seriously messed up young lady. Somewhere between 17 and 18 years old she has seen far more than anyone her age should see. Living in rural Pennsylvania, she tries to hold it together. She tries to fit in, but somehow, after you've blown the nards off of your mother's perverted boyfriend you don't really fit in. The world of ordinary teenagers in out of her reach. She doesn't do facebook or talk for long hours on the phone. She's damaged. Atlanta undoubtedly has PTSD. She ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
*NetGalley book review*

Awesomesauce!! Woot!! Outstanding!!
Let's face it. We either were Atlanta in high school or needed her, desperately. I had been meaning to read Wendig before, but now I'm on the look out for his other works. This was packed with suspense, drama, laughs and just enjoyable reading. Long live Atlanta!!!!
Jan 08, 2015 Steven rated it it was amazing
First off, thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this Chuck Wendig gem.

Oh, Chuck. You never cease to disappoint. You write dark, gritty stories with realistic, flawed, root-for-able (I know it's not a word) characters. The three books out in the Miriam Black series were some of my favorite reads of last year, and like those, I devoured this one in less than 24 hours.

The titular main character, Atlanta Burns, is a FRIGGIN' BADASS. I can tell you right now, on January 8th, that she i
Atlanta Burns just wants to be left alone. Then one day while she's walking home from school she comes across a gang of bullies beating on someone and she steps in. In very short order the bullies are on the ground with a face full of bear mace and she and Shane are on their way.

With Shane spreading the word about what she has done she soon finds herself the defender of the weak and the deepest, darkest nightmare of the bullies. But with a town overflowing with white supremacists, gangsters, re
Mar 04, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Looks like Miriam Black has a little sister from another mister...

Meet Atlanta Burns, a girl who has been pushed too far, a girl who has seen too much and who has decided that she has had ENOUGH!

I struggle a bit with the YA classification for this new series. They are just as dark as the Miriam Black series and in some ways even more harsh. There are some really serious issues addressed in this book, mostly hate crimes against gay and fo
Stephanie Swint
Jan 25, 2015 Stephanie Swint rated it it was ok
Wendig can craft a wonderful sentence and transport you to his settings. They may be broken and unhappy settings, but you can see, smell and taste them. By all accounts I enjoyed this book. It’s a great story of a victimized white-trash girl making good and turning herself into a teenage, real-life super-hero, helping not only herself, but other disenfranchised students at her school. My concern is not with the writing of this book but it’s research.

A quarter of the way through Atlanta buys a pa
Tammy Sparks
Feb 13, 2015 Tammy Sparks rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
4 1/2 stars!!

The nitty-gritty: A tough read full of unhappy people, but with a glimmer of hope at the end.

“Maybe next time? I’ll bring my shotgun. It’s got a taste for the blood of monstrous men.

“You can’t go like this forever. At some point you gotta be a normal girl.”

“If you say so.”

Chuck Wendig never fails to make me feel something, which is one of the most important things a writer can do for his readers. So when I picked up Atlanta Burns, I was expecting a gritty, action-packed story of a g
May 04, 2015 SUSAN rated it really liked it
Review to come. :)
Mar 16, 2015 Lila rated it really liked it
"Like she’s a poisonous toad or toxic jellyfish—interesting to look at, but for God’s sake, do not touch."


Meet Atlanta Burns.
Reluctant hero of gay kids and awkward nerds.
Savior of puppies.
Thorn in bigot's ass.
So, what if she sleeps with a shotgun? Some people need nightlight and a teddy bear- she is cool with comforting presence of her single-shot .410 bore scattergun.
From terrible mind of Chuck Wendig, comes unusual heroine with coolest name ever and it goes with reputation.

Kyle Warner
I got this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Reading ‘Atlanta Burns’ is a bit like taking a rusty aluminum bat to the gut. Far from a pleasant experience, but you’re not likely to forget how it made you feel. . . This book is a tough little bastard.

Our title character Atlanta Burns (which might rank as one of my favorite holy-shit-awesome names ever) is a high school girl with a reputation for using a shotgun for solving her problems. She’s a rape survivor, used the shotgun to sen
May 07, 2015 Bibliotropic rated it it was amazing
(Full review here:

This is a book better experienced than explained, because by this point, I honestly don’t think this review can do the book justice. I rate it so highly precisely because it’s painful to read, because it calls attention to old wounds that I can relate to a little too well in some cases. If you’re lucky enough to have never been bullied, to have never been driven to the point where you seriously consider harming or killing yourself, if y
 Simply Sam ツ
Aug 24, 2016 Simply Sam ツ rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
The writing is really good. I totally get the Veronica Mars vibe, yay, and I really liked the characters and the atmosphere he's created (he threw a little bit of the Heartland in there too which I loved!). Buuut....the story just felt off to me. A lot of actions didn't add up and the author required an incredible amount of suspended belief. Overall, it's a decent read that would have been better with more solid and believeable plot.
Feb 04, 2015 heidi rated it it was ok
Shelves: paper, reviewed, serial
Hmm. This was an interesting book. There were several things to like about it. Atlanta Burns, herself, is a nicely-balanced character with strengths and weaknesses like any other person. She has an animating hatred of people preying on the weak, a legitimate beef against guys touching her, and a pottymouth. But she also has had almost all the softness burned out of her, because even as the book progresses, she doesn't so much have friends as sidekicks. It's like she can't bring herself to fully ...more
Mar 01, 2015 J rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, amvi
I had a difficult time with Atlanta Burns. Wendig dedicates it to those who have been bullied, but his apparent solution is to create a character who has been raped by one of her mother's boyfriends, carries a shotgun, and resorts to violent means in order to get back at the bullies. The message is a bit mixed. If you want things to get better, than you have to fight back. But fighting back in the book leads to more violence and Atlanta, the main character, getting into dangerous and more ...more
Atlanta Burns is the fourth Chuck Wendig book I've read, and although it's not quite as mind-blowing as the Miriam Black series, I still enjoyed it a lot. Atlanta is every bit as feisty and foul-mouthed as Miriam, but her willingness to let other people in allows for some great secondary characters. I especially like the message that it's okay to be weird, that everyone is a little screwed up, and that it's not the responsibility of the bullied to change themselves in order to be accepted - the ...more
Suzanne Cowles
Jan 02, 2015 Suzanne Cowles rated it it was amazing
*An honest review in exchange for a NetGalley ARC.*

Atlanta Burns by Chuck Wendig is a repackaged edited version of two previously published stories: Shotgun Gravy and Bait Dog. If you are familiar with Chuck's blog: terrible minds, then you should have an appreciation for his witty humor.

In 37 chapters he introduces Protagonist Atlanta, a red-headed teenager with a sadistic side, who is a bit antagonistic by nature. A beer drinking tomboy, who despises bullies and is plagued by nightmares has no
Mar 08, 2015 Silea rated it it was ok
Shelves: vine, arc, dnf, fiction
I'm not sure what this book is about.

Is it about standing up to bullies? Because all we learn is that shooting them or dousing them in bear mace or other violent means simply escalates the whole affair.

Are we supposed to learn that sexual assault has serious, long-term psychological consequences? Holy wow, is that a secret? We, as a society, should not need novels to teach us that. That's horrifying.

Are we supposed to learn that sexual assault is the secret sauce that turns normal girls into vi
Atlanta Burns di Chuck Wendig raccoglie due storie già edite dell’autore, completamente revisionate e unite a formare un unico romanzo.

Protagonista del romanzo è l’omonima “eroina” (anche se narrativamente incarna molto più le vesti dell’anti-eroe) del titolo, Atlanta Burns.
Atlanta è scontrosa, atipica, un personaggio cupo e multiforme, con un profondo ma peculiare senso della giustizia e di cosa sia giusto o sbagliato, che dopo diversi traumi personali e familiari sta cercando di riprendere in
Tara Chevrestt
Feb 20, 2015 Tara Chevrestt rated it liked it
Shelves: vine
Atlanta Burns is not a chick to be messed with. When a boyfriend of her mother's came at her with ill intentions of the sexual sort, she shot him in the you-know-whats with a shotgun. When a fellow classmate comes to her with burns all over his body and needs her help with a White Supremacist group who's bullying him, she grabs her shotgun. When a girl comes to her wanting to know what happened to her dog, she heads into the nasty world of dog fighting.

She's a really tough teenager, but this is
Jan 08, 2015 Tammy rated it liked it
First things first, trigger warnings all over this book. Please be very careful with yourself if you can be triggered by sexual assault, child abuse, abuse toward a gay teen, animal harm, suicide, racism of the neo-Nazi variety. There were so many times in this book where I just plain hurt and had to stop reading in shock and horror. So. That is a thing.

Now, the book. Atlanta went through some hard stuff, went away, and now she's back and she's--of course because this is high school--outcast. Sh
Apr 01, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: excellent-reads
Atlanta has had a pretty crappy time of it, culminating in shooting her mom's boyfriend. In. The. Balls. To be fair, he more than deserved it. Anyway, now she has helped herself, she's ready to help others.

Wowee Atlanta Burns is like Veronica Mars on steroids! I absolutely loved this. What a brilliant character Chuck Wendig has written, full of spark and life. She tumbles off the page! I don't want to pigeonhole this book, suffice to say it's a fantastic read.
Jan 25, 2015 Pamela rated it it was amazing
First of all, Wendig, get on that sequel because I need more Atlanta Burns in my life. Please and thank you.

Secondly, you (yes, all of you) go out and get this as soon as it's released in its omnibus format. If you have both stories from when they were released separately (Shotgun Gravy and Bait Dog) and you haven't read them yet, drop everything (excepting children, pets, and Waterford crystal) and read them now. You have been warned given a friendly hint.

Atlanta Burns has a reputation. No, wai
Apr 03, 2016 Jaki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
*This review and others posted at Tangled Bookmarks

*I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Chuck Wendig has a way with words. Very much unlike me as I have a tendency to speak gibberish and flail various body parts wildly in the air when trying to review a Chuck Wendig book.

The feels. OMG the FEELS! Seriously, a Chuck Wendig book breaks your heart into a gazillion million pieces and t
Aurora Dimitre
I knew that I was going to love this. I feel like, maybe, you shouldn't go into something expecting to love it just because you've loved the author's other stuff, especially when the author's other stuff that you've read is a completely different genre than this. But you know what, this time it worked out.

Atlanta Burns is a badass. She's a shotgun-toting girl from North Carolina who just doesn't do anything she doesn't want to do. She's an anti-hero. She can be violent. She can be mean. But
Il libro è composto, bene o male, di due parti.

La prima è la migliore, con delle belle e crude rappresentazioni del bullismo, del razzismo, delle discriminazioni.
Si intuisce cosa sia capitato a Atlanta Burns per renderla com'è ora, e per ridurre il rapporto con la madre a ciò che vediamo.

Una ragazza ferita e traumatizzata, impulsiva e decisa, abbastanza strafottente.
Una ragazza che vuole tornare a vivere, in qualche modo, ma finisce con il trovarsi in mezzo ai problemi, aiutando prima un coetane
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“People are weird, Atlanta thinks. Everybody’s someone different than you suspect.” 5 likes
“They don’t ask, How do we stop bullies? Instead those assholes say, How can we get these stupid kids to stop painting bull’s-eyes on their foreheads? They put the blame on the victims, not the victimizers.” 3 likes
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