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Atlanta Burns

(Atlanta Burns #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,132 ratings  ·  229 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*
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015, netgalley
"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 bun
Dec 16, 2014 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
jv poore
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it, young-adult
I became a Chuck Wendig fan when I discovered him on Twitter. I began to fall a bit in love with what he had to say and how he said it by delving into his blog Terrible Minds.

Then it occurred to me. Dude writes BOOKS. I love BOOKS. I'm going to buy one of his books.

And oh, my.

I actually re-started, for full effect & to be able to read straight through, as this book so deserves.

Fabulously phenomenal, ATLANTA BURNS straight-up kicks ass.

Buy this. Read it. Tell a friend. Or a stranger.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015, arcs
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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 ad
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 13, 2015 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
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, young-adult
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 de ...more
*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!!!!
Dec 23, 2014 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
Jan 06, 2015 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
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
Stephanie Swint
Jan 05, 2015 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
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-list-2020
I’ve been on a roll lately, seeking out some of my favorite author’s lesser known works, because I’m just weird that way. Whenever someone in the book community suggests a new author to me, I almost always seek out their most obscure piece of work, and start there. Breaking from my normal habit, I first discovered Chuck Wendig through his Miriam Black series, and speaking of which, if you haven’t read through that spectacular series, what are you waiting for? I went on to love his Star Wars book ...more
Oct 30, 2014 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
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
Feb 09, 2015 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.

Feb 05, 2015 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
 Simply Sam ツ
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. ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Whoa. Atlanta is my role model. Such a brave girl.

This book address hate crimes and talks about the Neo-Nazi community in the US.

Jan 29, 2015 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
Feb 22, 2015 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 harmfu ...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 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
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
WHOA. This was intense! Badass reluctant vigilante Atlanta Burns vs. some truly villainous villains (not the newly popular lovable villains, just straight up hateful, horrible types). NOT an easy read or a happy look at human nature but also an oddly empowering story. Lots of morally grey characters and revenge elements. And major trigger warnings - including animal abuse/cruelty. I’ll prob continue the series but I’ll need a lighter breather book first. 😅
Samantha Ania
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book took me awhile to get through. Not because it isn't good, it's very good, but because it's brutal. It doesn't let you catch your breath before coming in again. It deals with a lot of tough, real issues. I loved Atlanta. I loved her even when she was making mistakes. But go in warned. Dogs and people are hurt in this book, hurt badly. ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not sure what to think of this book. Sure Atlanta sounds like a bad mamba jamba and at times acts like it. Defender of the innocent, weird, defenseless, and socially unacceptable makes her seem honorable. But then reading through it I had little moments of thinking otherwise. The storyline is somewhat interesting. But the niggling feeling came when certain details popped up. And I still can't get past the fact that she named her dog Whitey when she was dealing with just seems ...more
Tara Chevrestt
Feb 06, 2015 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
Mar 30, 2016 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.
Not what I was expecting, but I did enjoy it in the end. Very graphic, gratuitous violence. There was a point I almost put the book down due to it, mainly the section involving the dogs. Due to that, not sure I'd be able to read anymore from this particular series (if there is going to be a series) it leaves off implying a potential. Just can't take animal abuse and violence. ...more
Brett Shields
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's not my favourite Chuck Wendig book, but that still puts it a mile above a lot else that I've been trying to read lately. I dig Atlanta, and I dig this book, and I dig Chuck Wendig. On to the next! ...more
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Chuck Wendig is a novelist, a screenwriter, and a freelance penmonkey.
He has contributed over two million words to the roleplaying game industry, and was the developer of the popular Hunter: The Vigil game line (White Wolf Game Studios / CCP).

He, along with writing partner Lance Weiler, is a fellow of the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter's Lab (2010). Their short film, Pandemic, will show at th

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