HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Burn Girl by Mandy Mikulencak
Loading...

Burn Girl

by Mandy Mikulencak

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
132723,089 (4)None

None.

None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

Showing 2 of 2
This book is engaging and the writer does a good job of keeping the action moving. "Burn Girl" is about Arlie, who has been burned in a meth lab fire and lives in hiding with her addicted mom. They are hiding from the law and Arlie's step father. After her mother dies (not a spoiler--it happens early) Arlie has to start going to school. She had been educated at home because she did not want to deal with children teasing her about her scars. After her mother dies Arlie is forced to get out into the real world and she learns that some people can look beyond her scars and love her. There are a few parts of the story that are not very realistic and that is the only reason I did not give it 5 stars. ( )
  AmandaSanders | Nov 5, 2016 |
Very fast paced story of one girl's struggle to obtain a "normal" life after having so many terrible things happen to her. Arlie is the daughter of a drug addict who was badly burned when a meth lab her mother and stepfather were running exploded. The book opens with another terrible event; Arlie's mother has overdosed and died in a cheap motel room. Arlie must clean up the drugs and her mother's body, call the police and then resign herself to a life in foster care as she has no relatives....or does she? Suddenly into her life comes her uncle Frank from Texas, who decides to relocate to Arlie's hometown so he can build her a house and a new life. This book is about the power of friendship, as Arlie's best friend Mo is the one who drives the main character to believe there is hope and possibility of a better future, even when her father seriously disapproves of their friendship and her own life is tainted by the death of her sister to Leukemia. Throw into this story, the love of a gorgeous blind boy called Cody, serious bullying by a girl called Brittany ( what else) and the stalking of Arlie by her creepy step dad, and we have a romatic, suspenseful and fast-paced story. I loved the uncle Frank character and all his flaws, as well as the almost-too-good -to -be -true character of Mo, and the flashback parts of the story that explained critical events in Arlie's past added get weight to the story. Recommended for older teenage readers due to subject matter - drugs obviously, and also a few instances of swearing, violence and Arlie and Cody's discussion about taking their relationship to a physical level. ( )
  nicsreads | Jul 13, 2015 |
Showing 2 of 2
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0807522171, Hardcover)

Arlie's face was disfigured by burns when her stepfather's meth lab exploded. After that, Arlie discovered the street smarts and survival skills she needed to shelter her addict mother, since the law and Lloyd, her deranged stepfather, are both looking for them. People died in the explosion and everyone wants answers. But Arlie's carefully constructed world is ripped apart when her mother overdoses shortly after Arlie's 16th birthday. Now she can no longer remain hidden. Social Services steps in and before Arlie can make sense of anything, she is following the rules, going to school, and living in a 31-foot Airstream trailer with an eccentric uncle she didn't even know she had. Then she meets a boy who doesn't care about her scars or her past. Just when she begins to think a normal life might be possible, Lloyd shows up. He's looking for the drug money he insists Arlie's mother stole. Will Arlie be able to shield her Uncle and her boyfriend from Lloyd? Did Lloyd somehow play a role in her mother's death? And can she get rid of him once and for all before her world blows apart again?

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 13 Jul 2015 06:34:48 -0400)

Arlie's face was disfigured by burns when her stepfather's meth lab exploded. After that, Arlie discovered the street smarts and survival skills she needed to shelter her addict mother, since the law and Lloyd, her deranged stepfather, are both looking for them. But Arlie's carefully constructed world is ripped apart when her mother commits suicide shortly after her 16th birthday. Now she can no longer remain hidden. Social Services steps in and before Arlie can make sense of anything, she is following the rules, going to school, and living in a 31-foot Airstream trailer with an eccentric uncle she didn't even know she had. Just when she begins to think a normal life might be possible, Lloyd shows up. He's looking for the drug money he insists Arlie's mother stole. Arlie will do anything to keep her new world safe.… (more)

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (4)
0.5
1
1.5
2
2.5
3
3.5
4 2
4.5
5

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 126,434,959 books! | Top bar: Always visible