iasophie, July 7, 2012 (view all comments by iasophie)
I loved this book, the formatting is like poems but every page is different. So not only is it fun to read but also fun to look at. Ellen Hopkins wrote this beautifully and I could not put it down! This is the first book I have read by her and before I was even halfway done with it I was ordering from Powells more by her.
I highly recommend it especially to teen girls 16 or 17. But I think most people would highly enjoy it!
Alicia Wright, May 10, 2012 (view all comments by Alicia Wright)
I am a huge fan of Ellen Hopkin's, if you're a fan, this is a for sure read! This book puts you trhough a roller coaster of rides. If anyone has been put down by others, abused, dealt with religious difficulty, I recommend reading it. The main character is quite loveable, you feel sorry for her. In a way, you put yourself in her shoes, at least I did. You feel happy when things go right, scared when something goes wrong. By the end of the book, you're waiting for that happy ending, then, there is a huge twist(not trying to spoil anything!).
starylove, June 18, 2009 (view all comments by starylove)
Burned is an extremely heart-wrenching story about a teenage girl named Pattyn who goes through a very hard time in her life. Ellen Hopkins is an amazing author. In Burned she has the whole story being played out in your mind. Pattyn goes through so much; it makes you feel as if you are Pattyn. I almost cried at the end of the book, it is so sad and realistic!!! I could not put this book down. I recommend this book to anyone!!!
Abbymasonfoggy123, July 4, 2008 (view all comments by Abbymasonfoggy123)
This story is heartbreaking, loving, and magical it grabs you by the seems of your heart and pulls you at every twist and turn ellen hopkin's poems sing in your head and you can't put it down. Burned is a great book and one of my favorites.
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by School Library Journal,
"Once again the author of Crank has masterfully used verse to re-create the yearnings and emotions of a teenage girl trapped in tragic circumstances. Poems in varied formats captivate readers as they describe a teen's immobilizing fear of her abusive father, disgust with a church hierarchy that looks the other way, hope that new relationships can counteract despair, joy in the awakening of romance, and sorrow when demons ultimately prevail. Pattyn Von Stratten is the eldest of eight sisters in a stern Mormon household where women are relegated to servitude and silence. She has a glimpse of normal teenage life when Derek takes an interest in her, but her father stalks them in the desert and frightens him away. Unable to stifle her rage, Pattyn acts out as never before and is suspended from school. Sent to live with an aunt on a remote Nevada ranch, she meets Ethan and discovers forever love. Woven into the story of a teen's struggle to find her destiny is the story of her aunt's barrenness following government mismanagement of atomic testing and protests over nuclear waste disposal. Readers will become immersed in Pattyn's innermost thoughts as long-held secrets are revealed, her father's beatings take a toll on her mother and sister, and Pattyn surrenders to Ethan's love with predictable and disturbing consequences. Writing for mature teens, Hopkins creates compelling characters in horrific situations. Grade 9 Up"
I do know things really began to spin out of control after my first sex dream.
It all started with a dream. Nothing exceptional, just a typical fantasy about a boy, the kind of dream that most teen girls experience. But Pattyn Von Stratten is not like most teen girls. Raised in a religious — yet abusive — family, a simple dream may not be exactly a sin, but it could be the first step toward hell and eternal damnation.
This dream is a first step for Pattyn. But is it to hell or to a better life? For the first time Pattyn starts asking questions. Questions seemingly without answers — about God, a woman's role, sex, love — mostly love. What is it? Where is it? Will she ever experience it? Is she deserving of it?
It's with a real boy that Pattyn gets into real trouble. After Pattyn's father catches her in a compromising position, events spiral out of control until Pattyn ends up suspended from school and sent to live with an aunt she doesn't know.
Pattyn is supposed to find salvation and redemption during her exile to the wilds of rural Nevada. Yet what she finds instead is love and acceptance. And for the first time she feels worthy of both — until she realizes her old demons will not let her go. Pattyn begins down a path that will lead her to a hell — a hell that may not be the one she learned about in sacrament meetings, but it is hell all the same.
In this riveting and masterful novel told in verse, Ellen Hopkins takes readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride. From the highs of true love to the lows of abuse, Pattyn's story will have readers engrossed until the very last word.
Raised in a religious — yet abusive — family, Pattyn Von Stratten starts asking questions — about God, a woman's role, sex, love. She experiences the first stirrings of passion, but when her father catches her in a compromising position, events spiral out of control. Pattyn is sent to live with an aunt in the wilds of Nevada to find salvation and redemption. What she finds instead is love and acceptance — until she realizes that her old demons will not let her go.
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