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Title: Burned
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Publication Date: March 28, 2006
Pages: 532
From Goodreads:
Raised in a stern, abusive Mormon household, a teenage girl starts to question her religion and struggles to find her destiny. Her father is abusive, her mother is submissive, and her church looks the other way. Confused and angry, Pattyn Von Stratten acts out and is sent to live with an aunt on a Nevada ranch. She finds the love and acceptance she craves, with disturbing consequences.
Wow. This book left me absolutely speechless (in a good way). This is by far one of the most powerful and heartbreaking books I have ever read. I was not sure if I would like the verse style of this book, but now I am absolutely hooked.
When sitting down to write this review, I felt like I couldn’t adequately express how I felt. So, I’m doing something a little different and listing all of the emotions that I felt or that the author portrayed in the book.
Gut-wrenching.
Sad.
Tragic.
Love.
Reconnection.
Faith.
Depression.
Anger.
Shame.
Resentment.
Lust.
Desire.
Crazy.
Submissive.
Disgust.
Terror.
Grief.
Bitter.
Commitment.
Jealousy.
Hopeless.
Trapped.
Caged.
Strong.
Defiant.
Headstrong.
Weak.
As you can see, there is a wide array of emotions felt and discussed throughout the book that continuously change and alternate. I have added the rest of Ellen Hopkins’ books to my TBR list and highly, highly recommend this book to everyone.

  4 Responses to “Burned by Ellen Hopkins”

  1. Burned sounds like a difficult read, but a worthy one. I’ll have to add it to my wish list!

  2. Thanks so much! Glad you gave it a try, and even happier that it pulled so many emotions from you.

  3. I’ve read Crank and Glass, and they’re amazing! I need to buy Fallout… Anyway, I love the way you did the review, it really makes this book stand out to me. I may just have to read it. :L

  4. [...] said it in my review of Burned and I will say it again – this is one of the most heartbreaking and powerful books I have read. I [...]

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