Narrator: Joy Osmanski, Madeleine Maby, Rebekkah Ross
Series: Burn for Burn #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on August 6, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Social Issues, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Death & Dying
Source: Simon & Schuster Audio
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Payback is paradise in this start to a trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge. KAT is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend. LILLIA has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she’s going to put a stop to it. MARY is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who’s responsible has yet to get what’s coming to him. None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together...anything is possible. With an alliance in place, there will be no more “I wish I’d said...” or “If I could go back and do things differently...” These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.
I took a gamble on Burn for Burn. I’m really not into the revenge thing in books, and reading about rich, privileged teens kind of makes me ill. But, Jenny Han is hilarious, and I was intrigued just enough to give it a shot on audio. The basic premise is that Kat, Lillia and Mary are an unlikely trio thrust together because of their desire for revenge. Some of their reasons are more noble or understandable than others, but they hatch a plan to bring down the popular kids in a big way.
Audio Review: The narrators were fantastic. I liked having three different readers for the three different perspectives. This kept everything straight in my mind much better than had I read the print version. Each narrator did a fantastic job of channeling their character through their voice. My only complaint was that the production quality wasn’t always fantastic. There was a faint echo at times that was a little weird, but not overly distracting.
Book Review: Did my gamble pay off? Mostly. I have to admit that I was lured into placing CD after CD into my car and read the book all the way through to the end, because I just had to see how it was all going to shake out. I liked Mary, Kat and even Lillia (in that order). And I even liked the very subtle supernatural twist. Also, I’m just putting this out there… are these girls Furies?..
I think it was Lillia’s story that kind of caused me to not really love this novel. And it wasn’t even her. It was the fact that she had something incredibly traumatic happen to her, and nothing happened with it. It’s talked about, allude to, and finally spelled out. But, in the end, I was left wholly unfulfilled. Honestly, the book just ended on a kinda cliffhanger sans tension. I know that there will be sequels, but still. The pacing was just all wrong, and while it wasn’t a dealbreaker, I’m not sure that it’s hooked me to go into the rest of the series.
However, if you’re really into these kind of novels and not just a reluctant dabbler like I am, you’ll probably have a totally different experience. Let me know if you check this out.