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"Are our schools safe?" It's hard to turn on the news without hearing this question, and the answer is typically "no." This novel explores what happens when bullying escalates to violence, and it challenges our definition of victimization.

With thought-provoking prose, Suzanne Phillips explores the psyche of Cameron, a bullied freshman who ultimately does the unthinkable:
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Emily Cassady
Dec 08, 2008 Emily Cassady rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA
This book was very compelling.
The main character is 14 and he is constantly being bullied. One day, he breaks...this is the story of that event.
The tense changes were weird, but great story overall!
Kristy
Oct 29, 2010 Kristy rated it liked it
My number one problem with this is the main character is not likeable enough.... I know we are not supposed to love him, but I pretty much borderline hate him. Maybe if we knew (a lot) more about his past and what was going on in his head it would have been more enjoyable. Also, I'm getting tired of these books trying to put the "Bad Guy" as the victim! I know, in some cases it's true... but we all have crap to deal with. It does not excuse behavior such as burning down a forest, killing someone ...more
Monse
Oct 08, 2015 Monse rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book deals with real issues. Cameron is bullied severely on a daily basis. The trauma he experiences combined with his abusive father is a terrible combination. This actually happens and kids are being tormented, harassed, beaten up, and murdered based on practically nothing. I wish parents and the schools would act accordingly. Being bullied can be life threatening. A lot of people say, just get through high school and after that you'll be okay. And that's true. But there's some bullies th ...more
Suzanne
Feb 15, 2010 Suzanne rated it liked it
I didn't like this one quite well enough to give it four stars, but I think it will definitely resonate with some teen readers, particularly boys who can relate to being bullied by peers at school.

Fast moving with lots of dialogue and the horror of the inhumanity that can all too often be high school. Cameron is small, not a jock, and catches the negative attention of Rich Patterson, captain of the cruelty team. I would like to think that there is much less of this kind of physical and emotional
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Zach H
May 21, 2013 Zach H rated it really liked it
This book is about Cameron Grady, a high school freshman. Right when he started high school, he is wrongly pegged as a homosexual and tormented by a group of vicious bullies. Slowly, Cameron's mental state spirals downward along with his grades. His mother, who has escaped an abusive marriage, is unable to comprehend the depth of her son's problem in time to intervene.
Cameron's anger burns within him, to the point where he cant stand it. Then, after suffering a vicious and humiliating assault, h
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bjneary
Jun 16, 2012 bjneary rated it it was amazing
Ouch, this book was so tough to read because you could really see what Cameron was going through and how the bullying really changed him. I can't really say I liked Cameron at the beginning of the book, especially with how mean he was to his brother, Robbie. But I understand why the author did this with her main character who was being bullied mercilessly, day in and day out. Cameron was a normal kid until he hit high school and a bully and his thugs decide to single out Cameron and 1 or 2 other ...more
Anne
Feb 09, 2009 Anne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen, discussiongroup, guy
Wow, I really liked this book, but reading it was disturbing. It is just so hard to believe that kids are actually bullied like this in school. How can teachers and administrators be so oblivious to what is going on? I work in a private school and I know that kids can be mean, but I don't think anything this bad ever happens. (Maybe I'm just part of the clueless faculty!)

I thought that this book was really well written and Phillips did a great job getting into the head of a 14 year old boy. She
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Hirsch
Jan 26, 2009 Hirsch rated it really liked it
An important read for every high school student, and parent. Although I didn't like the way the ending simplified the crime. The complexity of the situation, and the emotional strain that bullying takes on an individual imprints heavy on the reader throughout the book, yet the end results are left flat.
I felt my self sympathizing with the character; however I fear that young readers will also sympathize along with the actions the character takes for repercussion. This book should be read along
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Misha Atai
Oct 30, 2016 Misha Atai rated it it was amazing
The author writes "Let him help you, Cameron, his mom says. You need help" (Phillips 93)
I like this story because the author had a mysterious tone. I could not put this book down because it takes this cliche story of a boy being bullied in high school but the actions the main character Cameron does due to the bullying will make you sit at the edge of your seat. An example of this mysterious and negative tone the author sets is "He ignites it and holds it in between his fingertips. The first blus
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Jesus V
Feb 14, 2013 Jesus V rated it it was amazing
My Book is amazing , I really like the story because it talks about a high school guy that gets bullied by some older guys. He has no friends and the only one he had doesn’t want to be his friend anymore. The reason he doesn’t want to be his friend is because one day some guys write on the restrooms wall that this two friends were in love and they were going out. So that’s the reason why he doesn’t want to be his friend anymore and now his trying to find a way to get rid of those mean guys and g ...more
Riyanna Williams
Sep 30, 2014 Riyanna Williams rated it it was amazing
I did a book report over this book, and I have to say, this book was amazing. It showed how bullying is not just picking on someone, or cyberbulling. It can be something more dangerous and violent, where someone like Cameron chooses to act out of rage, and do something he regrets at the end. This just shows, that people should stand up for themselves, and get help even if they feel that know one is going to listen, because there's someone out there that will.
Bethany
Oct 21, 2014 Bethany rated it liked it
Cameron Grady is a freshman in high school, and every day is a struggle for him. He is constantly being tormented by Rich Patterson and his friends, emotionally and physically. Cameron's first reaction is to fight and take control of the situation, but that can only lead to more trouble....
Chris
Jan 07, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it
decent book so far it keeps the reader interested and engaged in the novel makes ya feel like y'all are a part of it
Anna Plank
Oct 02, 2016 Anna Plank rated it really liked it
In the novel Burn by Suzanne Phillips, Cameron Grady, a fourteen-year-old boy in ninth grade starts of High School in Madison High worse than he ever had expected. Cameron has a mother that is too overprotective, a smaller brother in seventh grade called Robbie, a father that doesn’t live with him anymore because he always treated the two children poorly, and he also has a somewhat stepfather named Randy that is a cop. In the first week of High School, everything went off normal until Cameron’s ...more
Amccall
Jan 21, 2011 Amccall rated it really liked it
"Burn" by Suzanne Phillips is an interesting read. The main character is a fourteen year old boy in ninth grade who is bullied. For high school freshman, Cameron Grady everyday is a horrid day. He seems to be in a bad place at a bad time all the time.
Cameron had grown his hair out during the summer. At sports orientation Cameron's coach saw him from behind and tried to direct him to the girls locker room. The next day captain of the football team, Rich Patterson, and his group of friends, "The
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Cornmaven
Jun 10, 2009 Cornmaven rated it it was amazing
This a very intense book about the realities of school bullying at the upper grade levels. Set in a high school, but could apply to middle school as well.

It was extremely painful to watch the downward spiral of main character Cameron as he tries to handle the emotional and physical abuse doled out by the top jock, who indeed runs the school. I think Phillips got a lot of the intricacies of the situation exactly right - seeking administrator/counselor help only worsens the situation, seeking pare
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Jennifer Wardrip
Nov 13, 2008 Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by LadyJay for TeensReadToo.com

"You're ours Grady.....This is just the beginning."

The horrors of high school are real; just ask Cameron Grady.

Freshman year at Madison High School has been the most miserable experience of Cameron's life. The bullying begins the first day of class. Rich Patterson and the rest of his jock friends zero in their radar and Cameron becomes #1 on their hit list.

The "Red Coats" taunt Cameron, calling him Cameron Diaz and stalking him in the hallways. High sch
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Jewel
Aug 11, 2012 Jewel rated it really liked it
Burn
Firstly I'm not a YA, I'm 30. That may make my review slightly different to others.

Somehow I found myself picking this one up from the library, not sure what drew me to it.
I felt for the main character, didn't want him to chose the paths he did. I felt my motherly instinct to protect him, and I felt helpless for his mother too, whatever inklings she had just weren't enough.

This book genuinely highlights part of school life, its shocking, but awfully true.
Teachers, parents and teens should
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Taneeta
Jan 05, 2017 Taneeta rated it really liked it
I couldn't remember how this book ended the last time I read it, but Collins' way with words stuck with me. It's like every other story we hear about -- some kid killed someone. Some people would say they need to be punished. Others that they're just kids, they need counselling. I think with any crime, especially crimes like these, learning about what led to it, what might have contributed to such an awful end for someone might help with deciding what to do.

Cameron Grady is fourteen years old a
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JuJu
Dec 09, 2014 JuJu rated it really liked it

I cried throughout he majority of this book. I don't think there was any time when I didn't let loose a tear or two for the whole story.

This book really hits your heart and makes you feel something. The main character Cameron makes my heart melt and become a big ball of uncontrollable emotions. You feel for him, you really do. And you care for him so much, but you're stuck there wanting to help him but knowing that you're unable to do anything.

The way the book is written might not be the best e
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Alison Paulette
This book takes bullying to the extreme. Fourteen year-old Camerson is one of the smallest kids in his class and a constant target. School has become an ordeal for him. He seeks solace in lighting matches, gradually escalating to arson. One day his viciously attacked in the locker room and sexually assaulted. Pictures are posted to the school's website. During the attack, Pinon, the only boy smaller than Cameron and picked on even worse , sees what happens and tells. When Cameron returns to scho ...more
Kelly Thielen
Nov 27, 2012 Kelly Thielen rated it really liked it
This was a disturbing novel. The story is one that I wasn't sure that it could really happen, and yet, I thought maybe it could. Domestic abuse and bullying victims certainly are sometimes overlooked by the school system and don't get the help they need. I think this book does a good job of making that point.

Booktalk Notes: Cameron Grady has had a tough life. His mother finally left her abusive husband, Cameron's father, a couple of years ago. Life should have gotten better for Cameron then, but
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Cora
Jan 11, 2014 Cora rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in psychology. Suzanne Phillips did an excellent job on educating readers about brain disorders. In this book in particular, Cameron - A freshman that is being bullied every day at his high school is eventually diagnosed with a stress disorder after a traumatic situation he finds himself in. Many events and life experiences have brought this disorder on Cameron. One of the biggest problems in the world is abuse. Verbal, physical, and sexual. I bel ...more
Kelly Schreiner
Apr 25, 2014 Kelly Schreiner rated it it was amazing
Burn
By: Suzanne Phillips

Cameron is bullied. Everyday he does anything he can to avoid Patterson and his gang. Runs from class to class, waits to go into the locker room until everyone else is gone, but one day he made the mistake of going in to early and being caught by Patterson. It wasn't the normal punching in the stomach until Cameron throws up, but pictures, and bruises, and things that can't be erased. And there was even a witness hiding in the showers to afraid to move as all of this happ
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Abigail
Apr 03, 2011 Abigail rated it it was amazing
A spectacular way of showing how a young shy boy can turn into a murderer in a matter of a few months. When the story starts you really feel for Cameron Grady. His mom is too busy to notice that he is being tortured at school and even if she did notice, she'd be too tired to care all that much. When she finally starts caring it's after Cameron has been pushed too far and there is no going back. Although his actions are not justified you do understand why he does what he does. The book is definit ...more
Rachel Sanchez
Apr 20, 2015 Rachel Sanchez rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rachel by: my sister
This month in February, I read the book Burn. It was a realistic book about a teenage boys life in high school. He did not start off his high school year very good. He always got teased by the way he dressed and who he was. He always got bullied after school and always got pushed around in the hallways. He was really emotionally getting tired of it and his parents weren't there to support him. Finally getting fed up with all the bulling he took his anger upon himself. Suffering from his choices, ...more
Jodi
Oct 02, 2010 Jodi rated it liked it
This was interesting, sad and scary. Cameron Grady, a high school freshman, is regularly bullied by an upper classman and his friends. His home life isn't bad now that his mother split from his abusive father. But when the bullies go one step too far, it sets into motion the singular event that will change Cameron's life forever. With all the current news stories on bullying this 2 year old book strikes home. It's sad because even well meaning parents can miss what's in front of them. It's sad b ...more
Sara
Aug 19, 2016 Sara rated it it was ok
If the purpose of Burn is to show how a target/victim can snap and become an aggressor when there is no adult intervention in a repeated bullying situation, then Burn is successful. I like that it wasn't quite AS predictable as I thought it would be when I first picked it up. Students (and parents and teachers) might really benefit from reading this, but I couldn't bring myself to add the third star simply because it was depressing all the way through. Again, this may be the whole point, but the ...more
Raina
Oct 05, 2009 Raina rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, realistic
I really appreciated how Phillips gets into the boy's head. Before high school, Cameron thrived - he was involved in boy scouts, he was an amazing runner, he was good at math. Now, because of a gender-misunderstanding at the first meeting of the sports teams his freshman year, Cameron is called "Cameron Diaz," and has been picked out as the special victim of one of the jocks on the football team. He lives in fear and has picked up the habit of playing with matches.
This kid's life really sucks.
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Naomi Sanchez
Over the winter break, I read a book named Burn. This book tells a tragic story of how a boy is constantly being bullied, for his divers personality and by the way he desses. His high school experience is a huge sham, he constantly gets brutally pushed a round in the hallways. No teachers cared enough to believe what was happening and his parents didn't support him. In the midst of getting bullied he goes to extremes and kills an innocent student, due to his rage that got the best of him, when h ...more
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Suzanne Marie Phillips is the author of 3 critically-acclaimed novels for young adults, as well as the adult thriller, I Will Come for You.
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