In order not to give anything away, because it is worth it to read all of the juicy stuff [spoiler free], I’m going to keep this review short and sweet.
Burn for Burn, by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, is a book about revenge. I’m going to stop there and say I’m not a big reader of revenge-ish books. In the past I’ve tried to read books where characters try getting even with other characters because of some terrible wrong [injustice] done to them. However, I always wind up sympathizing with the so-called ‘bad guys’ instead of the victims. I don’t know if it’s because of the revenge itself, or because some other reason, but I always find it too harsh and even crueler than what had happened to the revenge seekers. I always blame this on poor execution from the author(s); however, in Burn for Burn, I found myself oddly curious and wanting to see more.
Both Han and Vivian are popular authors in their own right, and them teaming up for this book series is a success already. I think they each brought something to this book, and it only made Burn for Burn all-together-better. Each character was written with vivid details, vivid backgrounds, and vivid reasons for why they were seeking revenge. I may not agree with getting even per say, but this book had a little bit of everything.
Burn for Burn will not appeal to every reader, but I think as a whole this book will garner great success. It made me appreciate the act of revenge on a level I never knew I could experience. Overall, I didn’t love this book, but I didn’t hate it either!
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 unlikely 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.