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Burned by Ellen Hopkins
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Apr 09, 2012

it was amazing

Burned is a powerful novel about being a girl raised in a religious but abusive household. Ellen Hopkins speaks through Pattyn Von Stratten on a Mormon teen’s thoughts about God, sex, love, and a woman’s role:“in a woman’s womb. another chance. to make the world better.” Pattyn falls in love with a non religious boy while she is at her Aunt’s house for the summer and finds “salvation” and God’s acceptance but instead finds love that will haunt her forever. Pattyn returns home to an abusive alcoholic father and finding out she is pregnant. Scared, alone, and lost she attempts to run away with Ethan where everything falls apart. This story is powerful and heartbreaking and once you pick it up, you will not want to put it back down.

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