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Burned by Ellen Hopkins
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Nov 06, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, ya, novel-in-poetry
Read in November, 2009

A novel told in poetry, Pattyn von Stratten is a suburban Mormon, abused by her father, overworked by her mother, a teen and gets suspended from school after breaking a window and breaking a girl’s nose.

She is sent to her aunt’s ranch in Nevada for the summer. Her aunt no longer goes to Church, is a free thinker, Pattyn learns to horseback ride and falls in love with a college student. But her mother is pregnant again and her father needs a punching bag, so Pattyn returns home.

The end I didn’t care for: though it was somewhat foreshadowed it was too coincidental for my tastes. I was looking for a character like Taylor in Thinking Straight, and this works, but only sort of.

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