Burned (Burned #1)
It all started with a dream. Nothing exceptional, just a typical fantasy about a boy, the kind of dream that most teen girls experience. But Pattyn Von Stratten is not like most teen girls. Raised in a religious -- yet abusive -- family, a simple dream may not be exactly a sin, but it could be...more
The further I got into the book the more up...more
Please humor me as I soliloquize about a side issue instead of writing a review—although really it doesn't matter whether you care to humor me or not; I'm going to say my say just the same. Isn't the internet wonderful? MWA-HA-HA-HA. Oh, the rush of unchecked power.
Crank happened to pass briefly through my hands on its way to some library patron, and I gave it a qui...more
Firstly, I didn't realise it was in verse form and when it arrived I was a bit reluctant to begin seeing as my past experiences with novels in verse are Dante's Inferno and Paradise Lost. Must I say anymore? But... I went against my initial instinct and found that I loved the way the style just flowed, I read page after page and suddenly realised I'd devoured half the book in less than an hou...more
After Pattyn re...more
My gripe with this is that people who know nothing about the LDS Church read this book they will get a very skewed and incorrect viewpoint about the LDS Church and LDS women.
New Review 9.13.13
This is still far and away my favorite book by Ellen Hopkins. It resonates deeply with me and my experiences within the confines of the LDS church. Men can get away with murder while women are expected to be meek little housewives popping out babies as often as possible. God help you if you try to step outside the lines. My mother's second husband, a "good Mormon man," was an abusive alcholic similar to Pattyn's father. My mom wouldn't go to...more
Ellen Hopkins has several novels out that would put off most people by their size. Crank, Glass, and Impulse, for example, are pretty thick in size. After opening them, you will soon realize they are written in poem form. Ellen Hopkins is known for writing edgy novels about teenagers’ life.
“I felt angry, frustrated. I felt like I didn’t belong, not in my home, not in my church, not in my skin.”
Burned, just like any other Ellen Hopkins book, is about a girls struggle throu...more
Erhm, ok. All funny crying gifs aside, read this. Please read this. It's gorgeous and moving and it really makes you think, as do all of Ellen's books.
Burned is about this girl, named Pattyn who gets abused by her dad. He comes home drunk and usually beats her, her sisters and her mother. Pattyn goes off to her aunt’s house to live there for the summer. She meets a boy named Ethan, and they get intimate. Then when school started she had to leave her aunt and the person she loved. Something interesting happens to Pattyn and Ethan, so if you really want to know. Then you must read it!
What I like about this book is that Pat...more
He was a dream. A safe dream.
Safe, because he was unattainable,
something to adore from afar.
Like a snow-drenched mountain
or an evening star.
17-year old Pattyn Von Stratten is the oldest child in a Mormon family which consists of an alcoholic and abusive father and an extremely overwhelmed mother. Unconsciously, she starts to rebel little by little from her strict family’s rules. After her father catches her in a moment of rebellion sh...more
Burned does look decent, but just based on the description and the reviews I know the whole thing will probably just get on my nerves. I'm okay with understanding why people question my religion as well as stories of abuse. But what was the first thing people mention in their reviews? The main character is Mormon. Her life, as a Mormon, sucks because of ridiculous constraints which are implied to be pa...more
Also, the ending of this story is HORRIBLE! Apparently the author is setting it up for a sequel, but really??!! It closes on a very bad note with a terrible ending message to teenagers. Disappointed.
Biggest take-away: Don't get caught naked when...more
At the ranch she meets Ethan....more
Being LDS myself, I found the book particularly interesting. He...more
“Burned” by Ellen Hopkins
Suspense, romance, and mystery all three tied into one book. “Burned” by Ellen Hopkins is such and intriguing book that you will not be able to put down. The book is about Pattyn, a 17 year old Mormon girl who is going through a confusing time and starts to rebel because she feels that no one understands her. Through out the book Pattyn is determined to find herself and weather there is more to life than a religion you were born into. This novel is unlike a...more
To me an underlying truth was that books are like drugs and librarians are the dealers. All of Pattyn’s questioning star...more
The biggest problem I had with this book is the love story between Pattyn and Ethan. It...more
I was completely in tears after finishing this book and I honestly wasn't expecting such a sudden death. It was obvious they weren't going to live happily ever after but I mean, come fucking on. I didn't even understand where the book was going by the very end I mean usually there are several issues one has to overcome throughout the book but at the end? I mean n...more
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Did you wonder if for once you might light up the room?
When you were big enough to cross the street on your own, did you ever wait for a signal, hear the frenzied approach of a fire truck and feel like stepping out in front of it?
Did you wonder just how far that rocket ride might take you?
When you were almost grown, did you ever sit in a bubble bath, perspiration pooling, notice a blow dryer plugged in within easy reach, and think about dropping it into the water?
Did you wonder if the expected rush might somehow fail you?
And now, do you ever dangle your toes over the precipice, dare the cliff to crumble, defy the frozen deity to suffer the sun, thaw feather and bone, take wing to fly you home?”
to make the world better.”