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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,664 ratings  ·  387 reviews

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

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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 vi
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Why? Why? I was so ready to love this book! It started so good and slowly turned into something strange, messy and URO (unidentified reading object)!

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
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Erin
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS FIRE for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

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
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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.
Tan Markovic
Finished this 3 days ago, pretty much forgotten the whole story already.
Alice Lippart
Super readable and brings up so many important challenges that young people face with social media these days. Well worth the read for any younger readers, but I'm perhaps not quite its target audience so there were some things in here I didn't really connect with.
Britta Böhler
A bit disappointed about this, despite the important issues addressed in this book. The writing could have used some serious editing (a house with big 'wooden windows', like really?) and the plot was often unconvincing.

2,5*
Wren (fablesandwren)
This book was so powerful. For someone who was bullied a lot in high school, and only had a handful of friends stick by me through it all, this brought me to absolute tears. Women support women. You never know the full story. This is feminism at its finest. I implore you to read this and learn.

Triggers : bullying, online bullying, non-consensual photo-sharing, grieving for a passed loved one.
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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Angela (BlondeBooks)
Thank you, NetGalley for providing me with an arc of this book!!

- 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
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Claude's Bookzone
3.5 Stars

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
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Selene
Feb 24, 2020 marked it as to-read
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Fire for the advanced reading copy of The Burning by Laura Bates. I can't wait to start this book.
Karen
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, contemporary, ya, feminism
An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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
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Chelsea Moreen
4.5 stars. Wow what a powerful book. Written by well known feminist author Laura Bates, this book combines many important feminist ideas with a story that is very relevant to our day and age. The genre crosses a boundary between Realistic fiction and Magical realism which I haven’t seen anyone really discussing, it was a nice element to the story which didn’t become overbearing. The main character has had some awful stuff done to her which is evident in her personality but she is a sweet girl wh ...more
✨Skye✨
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free ebook version of this from Netgalley! Thankyou to both Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this. My review is still honest.

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
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Mel (Epic Reading)
I’m very interested in this one about teens and rumours. Luckily I just had a eARC approved by Sourcebooks!
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.
Hâf
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On the cover of this book Holly Bourne describes it as a book teen girls NEED to read and I fully agree. This book is spectacular, it deals with the unknowingly common abuse girls face in high school, the slut shaming, the cyber bullying, the ostracising of young women by society.
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
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~Madison
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very eye opening book about victim blaming, how the world has treated women for as long as we have been alive, and the highschool pack mentality ruins lives.
Michelle Harrison
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Powerfully written, shocking and compelling, The Burning is a book that should be read by teens and adults alike. Drawing parallels between witch hunts of the past and treatment of girls and women today, it’s raw, and sad and unfair, but ultimately empowering and important. Young women who see themselves in this story will feel less alone and take courage and strength from it.
Naaytaashreads
Disclaimer: I received this free in exchange for an honest review.

"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
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Megan  (thebookishtwins)
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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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Due to bullying at her former school, Anna and her mum move to Scotland and change her last name, but her past isn’t far behind.

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
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lauren ♡
cw: rape, sexual assault, homophobic slurs, misogyny, slut shaming, abortion, revenge porn

"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
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K.
Trigger warnings: slut shaming, misogyny, revenge porn, bullying, witch hunts, body shaming, sexual assault, sexual harassment, mentions of abortion, fire, death of a parent (in the past).

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
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Zoë ☆
I quite liked this!! I picked it up on a whim and it didn’t disappoint :) Though I don’t really get why there was so much emphasis on that research project (though it was interesting!!), it felt a bit random. I definitely recommend this of you’re looking for a quick read that’s quite empowering!!
Amanda Bradburn
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.75 rounded up

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. 🖤
Laura
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, read-2019
This was an important read, tackling a lot of tough issues. I enjoyed it, however, I felt it was a bit all over the place and the witchcraft/history subplot wasn't doing much for me.
cw: slut shaming, body shaming, rape (off page), sexual harassment, homophobic bullying
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 The Bu
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Chloe Metzger
Switching between a modern-day teenager hiding a secret and a young woman in the past accused of witchcraft as their stories collide, have we really changed over the centuries? Looking at the treatment of women, slut-shaming and more, welcome to The Burning.

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
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Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, an ever-increasing collection of over 100,000 testimonies of gender inequality, with branches in 25 countries worldwide. She works closely with politicians, businesses, schools, police forces and organisations from the Council of Europe to the United Nations to tackle gender inequality. She was awarded a British Empire Medal for services t ...more

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