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The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no?

And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no?
Doesn't that make life a story?

- Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Burn for Burn - Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian I'm disappointed at how shallow this book turned out to be - it was a too petty and hurtful to be juvenile, but not hard-hitting enough to be gritty. While the initial idea of it caught my interest, the actual reading turned out to be the pretty immature revenge antics of three girls who I really thought could find a lot of better things to do with their time. As the book continued, I slowly got more and more annoyed with each of the three main girls and wished they would all just grow up a bit. Lilia, because she wasn't mad at the right person The one that actually took advantage of her! and how her issues could be solved with some simple questions to people who would come clean to her if she just asked. Kat, because while she was the gutsy one, she just couldn't bring herself to confront the boy about that summer and clear the air between them, and I felt that this one thing would just make her less angry at everything. Plus, her revenge person barely got anything coming to her! As for Mary, okay, I shouldn't be so annoyed at someone who has gone through actual trauma in her life, but I just she would actually talk to the boy in person to get it off her chest, as well as find another therapist and move on. Who was the idiot that thought it would be a good idea for her to move back to this island?

But the biggest issue I had with this book is that none of the girls actually tried to confront the people they wanted revenge on or gave any explanation to the people to why they did what they did. I don't think that any of the people had any idea why things were happening to them. At the end of the book, I don't think that anyone grew as characters or learned anything from the events of this book.

So skip this book, but if you're looking for something that, while not covering the same plot, does go into high school politics, revenge wars and a gritty "all comes crashing down" mentality, I would highly recommend Courtney Summers' [b:Some Girls Are|6624871|Some Girls Are|Courtney Summers|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1317791700s/6624871.jpg|6819111].