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3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  421 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
On the day after Halloween, Nan wakes up in a subway car. She is not dreaming. She doesn’t know where she’s been or what she’s done. She’s missing a whole day from her life. And she’s wearing skeleton makeup and a too-small Halloween costume that she doesn't remember putting on.

Nan is not supposed to wake up in places like this anymore. She’s different now, so far from th

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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First impressions: Oh, Nan. Poor, poor Nan. Twice in the opening chapters we see her waking up from being blackout drunk - once as a memory, and once to set the plot in motion in real time. Adrienne Maria Vrettos writes these so picture perfectly that I actually winced. Nan's predicament is unsettling and upsetting, which sets up nicely the tone for the entire book.

Lasting impressions: Although this was an interesting book, I'm not sure it has the punch to make this one everlasting for me.

This book is odd, we start out with a girl waking up on a subway with no idea how she got there or how she ended up in a costume and make-up. But slowly she starts to retrace her steps trying to figure out what happened to her, and where is her friend?

First let me say that this book is rather small and a quick read. Which can be a good thing depending on the book but this book felt too fast, like we where rushed through it. It's told in a series of flash-backs mixed with present day trying to f
Dec 26, 2014 Ali rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
حوادث زیادی کش دار و طولانی است و در نتیجه کتاب خسته کننده شده
Sep 18, 2011 Barbara rated it liked it
Nan wakes up disoriented in a subway car, completely clueless as to what happened the night before or how she ended up where she is, in her current state. While she's been this confused and disoriented before, it's never been quite this bad. Slowly, as she goes about her day, trying to get to school, and then trying to get back in her family's New York City apartment, she starts piecing everything back together. It seems that everything can be traced to her friend Seemy. As she starts rememberin ...more
Sep 03, 2012 April rated it it was ok
I am going to admit something kind of embarrassing to you. Sometimes I pick books to read off of my TBR pile based on their length. I get legitimately excited about very short books because I know they will help me beef up my goodreads reading challenge numbers. I know, I know, I should not be reading to boost a number but you know, I get competitive with myself. Maybe it’s reading for the wrong reasons, but I’ve come across some pretty decent reads that way. I’ve also picked up books that would ...more
Andrea Trenary
Dec 18, 2016 Andrea Trenary rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Dollar Tree find.
Better than I thought it would be, though the ending fell a bit flat, I wanted more from it.
Sep 19, 2014 Salma7-1 rated it really liked it
Friday, 19th September, 2014

The book "Burnout" starts with the main character ,Nan, waking up in a subway car not remembering what happened to her the night after halloween in a dress that doesnt belong to her and halloween make up on her face. Then she keeps blacking out and remembering things from the summer. She remembers when she and her best friend,Seemy, where out in a place they found and how the both of them did drugs. Nan had had a Nanapocolypse, like Seemy called it, before and she wen
Allison D
Jan 16, 2013 Allison D rated it it was ok
The Independent reading Book I read this quarter was called Burnout by Adrienne Maria Vrettos. I can relate this book to our book we read this year for my CE9 class called, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. These two book are similar because both the main characters are in a stage in their life that they feel lonely and don’t know how to handle themselves. Nan, the main character in Burnout has recently been having some drug and alcohol problems with her friend, Seemy. When Nan was a freshman in h ...more
Andy Hollums
May 02, 2012 Andy Hollums rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
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This book would probably be PG-13 by film industry standards. Possibly PG. Despite the subject matter (teenage substance abuse), there's almost nothing in this book to be concerned about. Basically a few curse words, the aforementioned underage drinking, and some allusions to sex (no actual sex scenes in the book).

I won my copy of this book through a website started by anothe
May 07, 2013 Chrissy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
This is a ghost story. I am the ghost.

Nan is not supposed to wake up in strange places anymore, without any memory of how she could have gotten herself into this mess again. She's not supposed to be drunk and drugged and confused like this -- not since Nanapocalypse, the event that left her in therapy, struggling to get clean from what her therapist calls a problem with making bad choices. She's supposed to be sober now... so, what happened?

Everything started back when Nan met Seemy, a tough p
Baley Petersen
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Burnout is the story of Nan, a teenage girl who wakes up the morning after Halloween with no recollection of the night before. She wakes up on subway train wearing make up and a costume she doesn't remember. The problem is, while this would not have been unusual for Nan six months ago, she has since been through rehab, confronting her demons and leaving blackouts in the past. I was instantly intrigued by the idea of this mystery, so I was ve
Mickey Reed
Sep 17, 2011 Mickey Reed rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I received this ARC through Around The World ARC Tours. Here is my honest review:

I wasn't sure at the beginning of this novel if I would really get into it at all. It took me a couple days, but I read the last 75% in one sitting. It's a quick, short read, so it doesn't take too long. And you would think with its lack of pages that it wouldn't get too involved, but man! There's the whole mystery of what the heck happened to her the night before. And it goes into her past: her friendships
May 20, 2012 Joli rated it really liked it
I read Burnout during a readathon a few weeks ago and I cannot stop thinking about this book. It is terrifying. Seriously. In many ways. Nan has just woken up from a night of partying (which she doesn't do anymore or does she?) and she can't remember what happened. She's in a too small dress, her face is painted like a skeleton, which on the surface would seem humorous like a bad prank being played after passing out. But I know that's not the case. As I read I was afraid to find out what happene ...more
Alyssa Smith
Title: Burnout
Author: Adrienne Maria Vrettos
Rating: 2.5 stars

Nan wakes up the day after Halloween on a subway bus seat, having no memory of the past 24 hours. Scared, confused, sick, and wearing a bad costume and face paint, she struggles to remember what went wrong. Her days of blackouts and memory loss were supposed to be over after going to rehab. So what happened?

This YA novel was a very fast read. It felt like I had only sat down reading for 30 minutes and was already halfway through the bo
Aug 05, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit, 2011
After attending rehab, Nan reunites with her best friend Seemy and they spend Halloween night getting into trouble. Even though Seemy is clearly bad news, Nan desperately wants some fun in her life and needs a best friend. Nan wakes up on a train in New York City and can't remember where she's been or what she's done. Vrettos traces the story of what Nan remembers and how she tries to piece together the events from the night.

This was a quick read that I couldn't put down until I finished. Nan an
Sep 09, 2011 KWinks rated it really liked it
I don't read much contemporary YA fiction. I'm not sure why. I guess part of me feels a story is always better with a science fiction element, or a zombie thrown in.
I wanted to read Burnout because it takes place on Halloween, or the day after- depending on whether or not you count flashbacks.

There are no supernatural elements in this story. Still, it is one of the spookiest, page turn-y novels I have read in years.

Nan wakes up on a subway car. She is covered in makeup, shoeless, and is wearing
Gloria Lopez
Nov 02, 2013 Gloria Lopez rated it it was amazing
Burnout by Adrienne Maria Vrettos was a good book. I could really connect to this book because I have a best friend too and as a highschooler we have done many of the things that Nan the main character does for Semmy. Nanja is a big awkward girl who never fit in , but she feels like she fits in with a girl that she meets at the park (Samantha. Semmy is the opposite on nan , she's small and sweet and all the boys like her, Nan doesn't feel disturbed about this. However, all they do together is d ...more
Aug 26, 2011 Doret rated it it was amazing
After being clean for months, Nan wakes up the day after halloween on the subway and can't remember anything. Nan knows the police will simply take her for another teen drug addict, so she decides to figure out what happened. Retracing her steps while experiening contast blackouts, she tries to put the pieces together.

This intense dark tale has a wonderful pace and is very good. I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. It was such a pleasure to read a YA novel that goes for the less is
Aug 23, 2016 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Eh," is perhaps the best way to describe how I feel.

The novel follows teenage girl, Nan, as she wakes up in a subway and attempts to piece together what happened the night before on Halloween Day. As she retraces her steps, she figures out that she might've been in more trouble than she thought.

This is definitely an itty gritty sort of piece that comes from a different perspective that I'm personally used to. The book was quite thought provoking and touches on topics that anyone might be able
When Nan wakes up in a subway car in a too small pink plastic dress with a skeleton face and mutilated hair, she is terrified because she can remember what has happened to her. Even worse, she keeps randomly blacking out and having dizzy spells. She hopes she has not relapsed after she had done so well in the months since rehab, but she can't deny that she does not end up in this situation without being under some sort of influence. As Nan tries to piece together what happened to her, she flashe ...more
Oct 19, 2011 Sharon rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This story is tense, raw, uncomfortable and should appeal to your typical angst-ridden teen.
Nan is a slightly confused, needy girl who forms an unhealthy friendship with a new girl she meets- an association which results in alcohol addiction, blackouts, family tension and a trip to rehab. And then things get really bad....
Nan is introduced to the reader on the day after Halloween as she wakes up in a subway car feeling like death warmed over, wearing a too-small ripped dress with her
Oct 15, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it
I received this book as a goodreads giveaway. The story unfolds over the course of 24 hours. Nan, a teen looking for acceptance, love and friendship, becomes friends with Samantha (Seemy) and quickly spirals into a world of drinking. After hitting bottom and going through rehab, she wakes up on a subway completely blank as to how she got there. On her chest are the words "Help Me", her hair has been cut and she is wearing a too-small Halloween costume. What has she done? As Nan stumbles through ...more
Jessica RiffeKincaid
Who am I? What did I do last night? Where am I? Am I dead? These were the questions the young lady in this story was constantly repeating to herself. Dealing with the pain in her life by drinking so much alchol that she became numb to her emotions and was able to drown out the screaming inside her heard. Peace was what she was looking for, but could only find it in the bottom of a drink and then came the memory loss. This was a pretty good book that looked into the life of a young person who has ...more
I had originally checked this book out by mistake. (I thought it was Shut Out by Kody Keplinger) It turned out to be a happy mistake. I really enjoyed Burnout. From the characters to the plot, I was fully entertained. I don’t understand why I haven’t heard about this book anywhere else. I found it to be an interesting and thrilling portrayal of a girl struggling to find the strength to look into her past. I give it 4.5/5 stars and recommend it to fans of contemporary fiction. It’s also a
Aug 06, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
Recommended by one of my teens at the library and so far removed from what I usually read that it's hard to judge.

Nan, six months out of rehab and still grieving the end of her intense friendship with Seemy, wakes up in a subway car in clothes she doesn't recognize with HELP ME scrawled on her chest. She can't remember last night, and she keeps blacking out, but as she begins to put the pieces together, she worries that Seemy may be in terrible danger. Part retrospective of an intoxicating frie
Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
Nan has made some bad choices in her life but after what her friend, Seemy, calls her 'Nanapocolypse', she takes charge of her life again. That is, until she wakes up on a subway train wearing a dress that doesn't belong to her, Halloween makeup on her face, and other signs that something bad has happened that she can't remember at all. She sets out to remember and find out what has happened but she isn't prepared for the memories that come flooding back.

I like the writing. It didn't make me cri
Nov 13, 2011 Maggie61 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, was a little surprised at how much.
Nan had a nanapocalypse, what she calls the last time she drank herself into oblivion. She cut herself off from those friends including her best friendand tries to put herself back together and again gain the trust of her mother. So why is she now waking up on the subway with no idea of how she got there and no memory of the whole last day? Great book about young girls getting themselves into situations they can't handle. As the story goes
Jan 03, 2017 Danielle rated it liked it
I don't have much to say about this book, honestly I thought it had a lot of promise but fell miles short of what could have been.
Nan is just plain stupid and Seemy is a terrible friend making it impossible to really care where the story was going. More time was spent telling the story of a terrible "friendship," than about the presumably horrible events leading up to Nan's blackout.
Overall it's not the worst book ever, its a quick read with with an interesting premise, but the idea was better
Feb 10, 2012 Cornmaven rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-school
Nicely done cautionary tale of teenage alcohol and drug use, set in NYC. The relative freedom of NYC teens allows them to engage in pretty risky behavior, but fortunately no one dies at the end. There is a contrast between Seemy's physical and almost perfect beauty and her drive to be self-destructive, while Nan's supposed doesn't-fit-the-ideal body belies her inner beauty and strength.

Well written, and could certainly spark discussion questions about teen decisions to drink and rebel, e.g. is i
Nan has recently turned her life around. She went to rehab to stop drinking and has decided to put a real effort into school. So when she wakes up on s subway car wearing a Halloween costume and makeup and can't remember the last 24 hours she starts to freak out. She knows she wouldn't have started drinking again. She continues to black out for moments and realizes she may have been drugged. She has to find out what happened last night and she may be in more trouble than she realizes.

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