by Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Series: Burned, Book 1
Followed By: Smoke
Page Amount: 431, US Hardback
This is far from the first book I read by the genius Ellen Hopkins. Impulse was the first book of hers that I read and I was absolutely crazy about that book and its ending. It reigned as my favorite book of all time...until now. Hopkins really outdid herself with this book. The plot was so unique and encompassed every aspect of Mormon religion and culture. I really enjoyed seeing how main character Pattyn's religion effected her life. Honestly, I was proud for her when she started to find herself and in the process a cute guy. Did Pattyn become reckless too fast in this book? Well, maybe, but as a teenager myself surrounded by other teens, I though that that made this book realistic and raw, which is the kind of literature the YA genre needs more of. Personally, I thought that the plot was flawless. I couldn't stop reading. Let me warn you though, if you have work that needs to be done, postpone this books because I can guarantee you will want to finish it in one sitting like I did. Hopkins is the queen of plot twists so be prepared for a wild, but heartfelt ride.
Oh man, the characters ripped me apart inside, in a good way! Pattyn was relatable even with her super strict religious background. Pattyn had questions about morals, God, family, relationships, and about her own family, and she searched and lived to find the answers. Personally, I think that Pattyn was right in rebelling. It was necessary for her to find herself and what she truly believes in. When she meets Ethan after being sent away to her aunt's farm, sparks flew. It might have been a little bit insta-love, but for this verse style of book, I think it flowed very well. Ethan was a perfect gentleman and a truly great boyfriend to Pattyn. I loved seeing how they interacted with one another. However it wasn't just the two main characters who got all of the spotlight. Secondary characters such as Aunt J really tugged on my heartstrings too. She had a truly heartbreaking backstory that really touched me. It made me feel like I was getting to know her as Pattyn did. Pattyn's family on the other hand ticked me off. Pattyn's dad is a drunk and an abuser, two things I absolutely despise. His violent nature added to the raw truth that rang throughout this story. Pattyn is a strong, beautiful, and smart girl. She didn't deserve anything she had to go through, but it was an entertaining journey to see her mature and become even stronger because of the pain she underwent.
Will I be reading the next book? Pshhhh, what kind of question is that??? I don't know what the sequel will be about because, well, the book kind of ended with a bang, but I still NEED to read it super soon.