A rumor is like fire.
Once a whore, always a whore.
Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
Anna's a slut.
We all know it's true.
And a fire that spreads online... is impossible to extinguish.
New school. Check.
New town. Check.
New last name. Check.
Social media profiles? Deleted.
Anna and her mother have moved hundreds of miles to put the past behind them. Anna hopes to ma...more
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 vi ...more
Another interesting plot turned into something complicated, messy, okay WTH I just read kind of story!
I waited to read something brave, heart throbbing, soul searching, provocative and powerful story! But what I get is a spiral of girl’s self-hatred and depression with awkward, nonsense dialogues embellished with supernatural elements and not so hea ...more
Already published in the UK in 2019, The Burning tackles the issues of slut-shaming and cyberbullying and draws comparisons to the witch burnings of Scotland's past. I found it a very interesting read and read it one evening, but I will concur with my fellow reviewers that there is a tonne of issues. Issues that not just the main character, Anna, grapples with but also other characters in the story. Howeve ...more
Triggers : bullying, online bullying, non-consensual photo-sharing, grieving for a passed loved one.
"...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 ...more
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 ...more
- Rep: Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer, Character in a wheelchair, LGBTQ
- Trigger Warnings: Sexual Harassment, Death of a Parent, Abortion, Trauma
"Anna and her mother have moved hundreds of miles to put the past behind them. Anna hopes to make a fresh start and escape the harassment she’s been subjected to. But then rumors and whispers start, and Anna tries to ignore what is happening by immersing herself in a history project about Mag ...more
CW: horrific slut shaming, sharing and doctoring of nude images of young teen, death of father from cancer, teen abortion.
I am still in a state of sick shock after reading this book. I can't fathom the level of horrific bullying that took place and the school's absolutely unacceptable response. I have worked in a few high schools in New Zealand as a teacher and as a librarian and I have seen and dealt with some horrible bullying incidents, but the severity of the vitriolic hate filled ...more
This was an interesting book that tried merging two concepts of female persecution together.
On the one hand, you have Anna, a high school girl who's starting over in a new school after enduring terrible harassment at her old one. Then Anna does research on a supposed witch from her area, from centuries ago--a woman who was cast out for having sex with an important man and bearing his child. You can ...more
I'm very impressed by this underrated read! I was mostly attracted to this book because the author, Laura Bates, is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and is an all round inspirational woman. I can happily say that this book reflects those feminist values that I so love reading about and was well worth my time.
The Burning is a femini ...more
I know another publisher has had it and is publishing early but mine is for April 2020 release. So reading and review closer to then.
There are two time lines throughout this book, the present tense Anna who is attempting to start over in a new school for reasons unknown at the beginning of the story. And the tale of Maggie from 400 years ago, a young ...more
"I'm not ashamed of my body. I'm ashamed of the way my body was treated by everybody else. I'm not embarrassed because it's sexual. I'm embarrassed because it's being used in a way I didn't agree to."
I was shocked when I start reading the book. I never read anything by Laura Bates and never research anything prior of her other works. By reading the blurb behind the book, I really thought I was getting into a thriller book.
This b ...more
‘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 ...more
Bullying is real. Slut shaming is real. High school students can be mean, but most aren’t sociopaths. THE BURNING expects readers to buy into the concept that nude pictures sent to a boyfriend later made are the cause of such bullying not only do they cause a family to move, that bullying continues a year later at her new school in a new country and no one stands by Ann ...more
"we are the granddaughters of the witches you burned.
and we're not putting up with it anymore."
this was such a hard book to read. it made me so angry and upset. i can't even imagine how many girls and women have to go through this and how victims are blamed and shamed whilst the abusers get away with it. the fact that women, myself included, have said: "well, it wasn't that bad was it?" when we ...more
This is a very important book and if it helps even one teenage girl to deal with whatever bullshit she's going through, it's done its job. The juxtaposition of 17th century witch hunts and contemporary pressures that social media and sexualisation places on teenage girls was fantastic, although I would have li ...more
Absolutely so powerful! This is written so well; it's so relevant, so raw, and threaded through with mystery, history, and strong women friendships. This story brought tears to my eyes--it is beautiful.
"We are the granddaughters of the witches you couldn't burn".
Let's have each others backs. 🖤
cw: slut shaming, body shaming, rape (off page), sexual harassment, homophobic bullying
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 The Bu ...more
I am a big fan of Laura Bates, her non-fiction work is not only incredibly intelligent but sparked a movement for young women. I have read all of her non-fiction and so it only made sense I would request her first YA novel. The story seemed ...more