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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  35 reviews
'The Burning lights a fire in you - one that makes you want to fight for change and ignite sparks in others so the fire spreads and spreads.' - HOLLY BOURNE 

A rumour is like a fire. You might think you’ve extinguished it but one creeping, red tendril, one single wisp of smoke is enough to let it leap back into life again. Especially if someone is watching, waiting to fan t
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ebook, 368 pages
Published February 21st 2019 by Simon Schuster Children's UK
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Emily May
Because fire is sneaky. You might think you've extinguished it, but one creeping red tendril, one single wisp of smoke is enough to let it leap back to life again. Especially if someone is watching, waiting to fan the flames.

So many mixed feelings right now.

The Burning is by the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and, as expected, it has a lot of important things to say about slut-shaming, double standards, bullying, and especially how social media contributes to these. It likens the vici
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Ova - Excuse My Reading
A resolution for me this year was not to finish the books I didn't enjoy. I've only read 20% so it's not fair to give a star rating, just not the right book for me.
Basyirah
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, review-copies
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

"...in my opinion it would have made a lot more sense if he had said that fire was like a rumour. Because fire is sneaky. You might think you've extinguished it, but one creeping red tendril, one single wisp of smoke is enough to let it leap back to life again."

Told from the perspective of Anna Clark, The Burning discussed some important issues of sexism, sexual harassment and online abuse. Anna and her mum had moved all the way to Scotland from Birmingham due to a traged
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Liz Barnsley
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Burning is one of those books that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster ride, from sadness to anger to despair to redemption and Laura Bates, through her beautifully written character voice, shows you what it means to be a teenage girl in today's social media society.

Dealing with issues of victim blaming, casual sexism and the still very skewed way of "dealing" with things, The Burning shines a light right into the darkest corners of reality.

Hugely relevant for young women today and add
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Megan  (YABookers)
Disclaimer: I received this free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

‘It’s worth knowing that sometimes people see you as a symbol of something, instead of a person. And, when they do, it reflects on them, not on you’.

The Burning follows Anna, who has moved to Scotland following the death of her father and following her nude photos being leaked across social media. She is in a new school, in a new town, with a new last name and she still can’t escape the rampant bullying and slu
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Joanne
3.5 Stars.

I received this eProof for free from Simon & Schuster Children's Books via NetGalley for the purposes of providing an honest review.

Trigger Warnings: This book features rape, non-consensual  pornography, sex shaming, victim blaming, bullying, discussion of abuse due to abortion, and discussion of death from cancer.

When I first heard Laura Bates was writing a YA novel, I was so excited to read it. I loved her feminist non-fiction books, Everyday Sexism and Girl Up, and I was sure Th
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Gayle Noble
Following the death of her dad, Anna Clark moves to Scotland with her mum. At first it seems like the trouble from her previous school has been left behind, but it soon catches up with her. Whilst trying to cope with what is happening, Anna starts to research a previous resident who was branded a witch in the 17th century.

I just knew this book was going to be worth reading. The author cleverly links the misogyny and double standards which permeated both the witchcraft accusations of old and the
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Kirsty
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel for a variety of reasons. I loved the contemporary story within the novel following Anna after her transfer to a new life to escape a mistake from her past. Seeing her settle in and then deal with situations as her past starts to haunt her was fascinating. The look at the everyday sexism young girls can face was really eye opening.



I also got quite geeky about the historical element of the story which Anna researches across the story. It was really fascinating looking
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L A
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Simon and Schuster UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

When I heard that Laura Bates of Everyday Sexism was writing a novel, I was really excited to read it. Her work is often discussed in the school in which I teach and the website and Twitter feed are used by pupils when looking at issues around sexism, social media, gender bias and peer pressure. I was keen to see whether a fictional approach would be able to tie in with the topics we’ve exp
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Nikki
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

The Burning is part social commentary, part historical and part witchy fantasy. It’s a good mix. The majority is definitely more contemporary than I expected, but I really liked the way that the author dealt with the topics of sending nudes, slur shaming and social media. And I loved how the story set in the now melded with the historical aspects, folded together with a little bit of witch-magic.

It is prett
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Karen Whittard
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Laura Bates book but it certainly will not be my last. This book is raw and gritty and tackles many subjects that a lot of authors shy away from in a way that made you feel like you knew the girls in the story and your heart couldn’t help but go out to them as the horrific events played out. It is a book that I would highly highly recommend to all.

The Burning lights a fire in you - one that makes you want to fight for change and ignite sparks in others so the fire spreads and s
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thebookishrose
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars isn't enough for this book. It's a book that should be read in high schools around the world. Anna's story will resonate with most young women, which is both appalling but at the same time incredibly useful. As someone who suffered through the same thing as Anna, I completely understood her and reading this book helped heal parts of me that I didn't realise were still hurting.

Thank you, Laura, for writing this novel. I, and many others, needed it.

A full review will be up on my blog soo
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Megan Staunton
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Laura Bates’ debut YA does not disappoint, and in fact I’m hesitant to even call this young adult as it unpacks a plethora of integral themes that affect everyone, no matter your age. Just as we’ve come to love Laura for shining a light on society’s unjust discriminations in her previous non-fiction titles, Laura turns her hand to creating a cast of characters in The Burning that are real, tangible and flawed, harnessing the power of social media to give her characters a voice, both online and I ...more
Rachel
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pansing-books
It’s really hard to talk about this book without spoiling anything — I mean, even the synopsis itself is kept pretty vague. Holly Bourne calls this a book that every teen girl needs to read, and I can’t agree more. You can read my full review here

Thank you Pansing for sending me an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for this honest review. The Burning will be available in all good bookstores in February — be sure to keep a lookout for it!
Niamh
I was very kindly given an e-arc of this book through Netgalley and Simon & Schuster UK.

'We are the granddaughters of the witches you could not burn. And we're not putting up with it anymore'

I've added a star just for the sheer necessity of this book and for the last, maybe, ten or so pages. With such powerful words, this book suddenly became so much more intimate and intensive, and so warranted an extra push. For a debut novel, this book is incredibly accomplished. Laura Bates, the founder
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Eleanor
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Also posted on my blog!!

I finished reading this book over a week ago, and it's taken me this long to be able to try and write a review of it. I'd given myself that time so that hopefully I could feel more confident discussing it, but I've had to accept that that's probably not going to happen. This is a difficult one to to talk about.

Anna is a teenage girl who grew up in Birmingham. However, when she and her mother suddenly move to Scotland, she cuts contact with everyone she used to know. She's
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Alexandra
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, netgalley
Read this book. If you want a recommendation, i can't say it enough. Read. This. Book.

I was in no way expecting to like this story as much as i did, and i can honestly say this is one of the best novels i've read in a long time.

I think i loved this book so much because the author made the characters and their situations feel so real, my heart really went out to these girls.
The characters were amazing - i cried for Anna and Maggie. Literally cried. Because the issues in this book are what too ma
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Ellen
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was expecting great things from this author, following her non-fiction books, and she really delivered. This book made me so sad, and angry and I felt so many emotions about the double standards and cruelty that young girls face, so often alone. I thought that she brilliantly captured the careless cruelty of the boys (with a hint that they were doing these things to escape their own difficult home lives). But I thought that she really brought the attention to the girls who jump on the taunting ...more
legenbooksdary
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book centres around what it feels like to have someone post something without our consent on social media, about friendship and finding the strength from someone Anna literally would never expect to. Though the story may be a bit slow and draggy, it's what at the end that matters—the message that no one deserves to be treated harshly and that we are all human beings after all.

This book is important and that we should all adress to because there are so many girls out there who have befallen
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Kay
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buy it. Read it. Give a copy to any teenagers you know.

Read this book if you are a teenager. Read this book if you are the parent or carer of a teenager. Read this book if you work with teenagers. Actually, just read this book... Why? Firstly because it’s a bloody good read, two intertwined stories of young women and how their peers treat them. Secondly because it shows how girls and young women are constantly being judged in a social contest where they do not make the rules and the odds are sta
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Louise
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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Danni Jervis
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A phenomenal novel by a wonderful human being that is trying to raise awareness of just how badly society still treats young women.

It is quoted that every teenage girls needs to read this but I believe everyone should read this regardless of age or gender. An incredibly startling but all too real experience of teenage life and making mistakes and the extremes that people go to to make you live with them.
Jessikah Stenson
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, young-adult
Hard to believe it's Laura Bates' first fiction novel, she's clearly very good at writing fiction as well as non-fiction!
Ellie (crackthespine)
This was AMAZING.
Full review to follow when it isn't 2am.
Bex
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get a proof copy of this, and I will forever be thrilled. A truly beyond incredible novel, and one I cannot wait to see on shelves. Please please read it!
Katie Hurse
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
A really interesting, important book that I would recommend to young people (and old too, actually), male and female. It does a really good job of tackling so many different issues that teenage girls in particular face. It's depiction of slut-shaming in particular is painfully accurate and at times very uncomfortable to read - I think Laura Bates did a really great job of exploring the subjects without things becoming messy/overloaded.
I loved the witchcraft/magical realism element of t
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Sarah
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an incredibly powerful book that encapsulates so much of what struggles face a teenager in society today. Okay, so the book does pretty much throw every conceivable issue into its pages, but never in a condescending tone, or in a way that didn't feel true to the characters. The main theme is the pervasive and insidious nature of social media in society and leaves no room for escape from a spreading rumour that takes on new life and devours all semblance of normality. Some of the chapters ...more
Luise
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Burning offers an interesting perspective on how young people can struggle with peer expectations in the age of social media and in particular how young women feel encouraged to walk a thin and very unclear line between 'sexy' and 'slut'.
Anna has made a move to Scotland with her mother and is trying to start afresh when a nude picture from her past resurfaces online and spreads like wildfire around her school. At the same time she is researching a local woman called Maggie who was accused of
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Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, an ever-increasing collection of over 25,000 women's experiences of gender imbalance. She has written for The Guardian, The Independent, Red Magazine, Grazia, the Women's Media Center, and the New Statesman. She was named one of the Huffington Post's Most Inspirational Women of 2012 and shortlisted for the 2013 Shorty Award in activism.
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