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Burned by Ellen Hopkins

Burned (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Ellen Hopkins

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Authors:Ellen Hopkins
Info:Margaret K. McElderry (2006), Hardcover, 544 pages
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Burned by Ellen Hopkins (2006)


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I loved the style in which this book was told. The poetic nature changes from page to page and adds to the overall impact of the story. I also felt the story was honest in its depiction of teenage life and the struggles that face teenagers. This book should be in school libraries because of its style and brutal honesty. While not for everyone, this story would be enjoyable to many readers. ( )
  erikmurri | Apr 13, 2015 |
Hopkins, Ellen
2013. 560 pp. $12.99 pb. Margaret K. McElderry Books. 1442494611. Grades 9 and up.

Tags: poetry, young adult, fiction, abuse, alcoholism, violence, domestic abuse, free verse, teen pregnancy, romance, sex, religion, death, rage, survival, identity

As are her previous books, Hopkins’ Burned is written in eloquent yet powerful free verse poetry. The main character, Pattyn, lives as the oldest of eight sisters in a radically religious home with a subservient mother and abusive father. As she realizes that the rules of the church dictate that she, too, is to live the life of a submissive wife, Pattyn begins to question her religion and its strict rules. Pattyn soon experiences her first high school crush, which results in disappointment and rage. Consequently, Pattyn’s father sends her to live the summer with an estranged aunt on a ranch in Nevada. There Pattyn discovers love, tolerance, and acceptance. Unfortunately, Pattyn’s fairytale doesn’t last long, as much more heartache unfolds. Though beautifully and interestingly written, the story may leave many readers disappointed, as the ending deflates rapidly while the main character chooses to fight her torments with violence. On the other hand, the last chapter titled “Plans Made” provides enough suspense to encourage the reader to continue with the next book in the series. Though this book does contain mature themes, Hopkins skips the graphic descriptions and uses profanity sparingly. Young adult readers are certain to seek out this book along with Hopkins’ other novels. ( )
  ginawilliams | Oct 22, 2014 |
An incredible cliffhanger. Seventeen year old Pattyn struggles to find survive her abusive Mormon family and manages to still find fleeting happiness. Another characteristic Hopkins novel in verse. ( )
  LaneLiterati | Feb 18, 2014 |
Pattyn is a Mormon high school junior living in Nevada. Her life takes some twists and turns and she starts to question her parents and her religion. As a result she is sent to her aunt for the summer to be "fixed." She experiences a summer of learning and growth but now she has to go home with more questions than when she left. How will she face her strict Mormon family and community after a summer of freedom and exploration? Great read with a shocking plot twist at the end. Couldn't stop reading it! ( )
  alsparks324 | Dec 5, 2013 |
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He was a dream. A safe dream.
Safe, because he was unattainable,
something to adore from afar.
Like a snow-drenched mountain
or an evening star.

The Storyline
17-year old Pattyn Von Stratten is the oldest child in a Mormon family which consists of an alcoholic and abusive father and an extremely overwhelmed mother. Unconsciously, she starts to rebel little by little from her strict family’s rules. After her father catches her in a moment of rebellion she is inevitably sent to live with her Aunt in rural Nevada. Pattyn begins to realize that life with her Aunt may not be as bad as she had originally thought and that going back to her old life may be harder than she thought.

This was the second Ellen Hopkins book I’ve read, and even though this was not as enjoyable as [b:Triangles|10843755|Triangles|Ellen Hopkins|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1313893537s/10843755.jpg|15709019], I did still enjoy it. It was damn near impossible not to feel bad for Pattyn and her 'moments of rebellion' which wasn't even anything that bad... her family just put her on such a short leash that any form of rebellion was conceived as horrible and wrong.

I can't help but feel that these types of family situations only make things worse on these children in the long run. Placing so many rules and responsibilities on them at such a young age usually leads to crazy acts of rebellion. Of course this is not always the case and many kids that live in strict households end up turning perfectly decent members of society. When I was in high school I used to have two really good friends who were both Mormons from large families (with enormous responsibilities) who ended up having a huge impact on how I view families such as these.

I finished this book with my jaw on the ground; it was an extremely abrupt and unexpected ending. I went into this thinking that it was a stand-alone novel but come to find out there's more to come in this series... I'm extremely interested in seeing how the author takes this story. ( )
  bonniemarjorie | May 7, 2013 |
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"This book is dedicated to my exceptional editor and support system, Julia Richardson. With special thanks to kathleen Jones, who found the courage to forge her own path, and without whose help this book would not have been as accurate a glimpse of a young woman struggling with her religion."
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"When you were little, endure your parents' warnings, then wait for them to leave the room, pry loose protective covers and consider inserting some metal object into an electrical outlet?"
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Seventeen-year-old Pattyn, the eldest daughter in a large Mormon family, is sent to her aunt's Nevada ranch for the summer, where she temporarily escapes her alcoholic, abusive father and finds love and acceptance, only to lose everything when she returns home.… (more)

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