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Finding Yourself: Burned Review


Name: Burned
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Date Published: 3/8/2006

Short Summary:
I do know things really began to spin out of control after my first sex dream. It all started with a dream. Nothing exceptional, just a typical fantasy about a boy, the kind of dream that most teen girls experience. But Pattyn Von Stratten is not like most teen girls. Raised in a religious -- yet abusive -- family, a simple dream may not be exactly a sin, but it could be the first step toward hell and eternal damnation. This dream is a first step for Pattyn. But is it to hell or to a better life? For the first time Pattyn starts asking questions. Questions seemingly without answers -- about God, a woman's role, sex, love -- mostly love. What is it? Where is it? Will she ever experience it? Is she deserving of it? It's with a real boy that Pattyn gets into real trouble. After Pattyn's father catches her in a compromising position, events spiral out of control until Pattyn ends up suspended from school and sent to live with an aunt she doesn't know. Pattyn is supposed to find salvation and redemption during her exile to the wilds of rural Nevada. Yet what she finds instead is love and acceptance. And for the first time she feels worthy of both -- until she realizes her old demons will not let her go. Pattyn begins down a path that will lead her to a hell -- a hell that may not be the one she learned about in sacrament meetings, but it is hell all the same. In this riveting and masterful novel told in verse, Ellen Hopkins takes readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride. From the highs of true love to the lows of abuse, Pattyn's story will have readers engrossed until the very last word.


In public or under the covers?
You should read this book under the covers. There are some mature scenes, and I would not recommend reading this in front of you mother. Just don’t do it.

What mood?
This is a sad book. But you’re going to be too hooked on it to care.

Main Character- nay or yay?
I love Pattyn. She’s amazing. She’s been raised to act a certain way, and she finally realizes that’s not the right way to live. I love how she has the courage to stand up against her crazy father. This girl is so strong, and I want to be as amazing as her.

Getting Over Ethan:
Ethan is perfect. He is so sweet and kind. He knows Pattyn has been abused and he helps her. He never pressures her into anything. Plus he saves her life!!

Character Fever:
Aunt Jeanette is my favorite. She was disowned from her family because she chose not to stay with the Mormon religion. Jeanette is extremely wise. I love her. I wish she was my aunt
  
Crust factor:
Pattyn’s father is very crusty. There is another extremely crusty part, but it’s a spoiler, sorry.

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover:
I think the cover is good. It’s simple. All Ellen Hopkins’ book covers basically describe her books. It’s just perfect.

Song this reminds me of:
The first song that reminds me of Burned is Let The Flames Begin by Paramore. Pattyn is basically saying, hate me, I don’t care. And that’s what the song says.

The second song is Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. I could see Pattyn and Ethan just laying under the stars listening to this song.


The third song is When I’m Alone by Nevertheless. It just really pertains to Pattyn

Future Companion Novels: Ellen Hopkins just announced a sequel to Burned called Smoke. I am extremely excited for it.

Overall Rating: I give this book a 4. It is so good, but when you get to the crusty part, you just want to throw the book down, and run away screaming. But it’s still an amazing book, and everyone should read it.

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