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Burned by Ellen Hopkins

Burned (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Ellen Hopkins

Series: Burned (1)

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Authors:Ellen Hopkins
Info:Margaret K. McElderry (2006), Hardcover, 544 pages
Collections:Spring 2007 Additions

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Burned by Ellen Hopkins (2006)


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There's nothing to be said that won't give away things about this book...so I just won't say anything about it. Sigh ( )
  obridget2 | May 14, 2017 |
What to say about
This book other than
It's freaking awesome?
I have no clue
Yet another
Novel in verse that
Exceeds my already
High expectations and
Delivers yet another
Great story, this time
From Ellen Hopkins
I know I have to
Read more of her work
Next time I
Go back to the library
But for now I'll
Focus on this one
It's perfect and
Utterly wonderful but
Heartbreakingly sad and I
Was so torn at the end
The poor girl, she's
A victim of circumstance and
Her family kind of sucks
Especially her dad
Her dad's the worst
Would I recommend this book?
Most certainly, I would ( )
  kyndyleizabella | Jan 22, 2017 |
I instantly wanted Pattyn to succeed. I wanted her and her sisters to be freed from the hell that they were living in. I think that this gives a look into a lifestyle that many people don't believe exists. For somebody who grew up in a loving home, this seems impossible. I think that Ellen Hopkins does a great job of painting this hellish lifestyle into a reality.
  BrittanySchupman | Jul 29, 2016 |
It was an atypical novel in that it was in verse and it included a dialogue on the Mormon religion. I enjoyed it up until the end; the shift just feels hopeless and unrealistic. ( )
  jennk | Mar 11, 2016 |
Well, I'm not gonna lie--I really didn't like this book. On the one hand, the story itself was a lot more fun to read than that of Crank and Glass, which actually didn't have a story beyond chronicling the main character's drug use.

On the other hand... Blech. In the first place I hate the teenagers Hopkins writes. They are just obnoxious. They might be realistic, although I have to say, I have never known a teenager who refers to sex as "making love." (And speaking of which, gag me with the cheesy writing. I accidentally returned the book so I can't look up any examples, but I will tell you that her protagonist, Pattyn, refers to her crush as "Furnace Lips.")

Also, her teenager characters always believe they are in love--or, as they call it, "forever love"--after approximately two days of knowing someone. Yeah, of course I was like that too, but between the ages of 13 and 15. Her characters are 17 and 18 years old, and by then even I, the most naive teenager who ever lived, knew it takes a little longer than that to really know. Also, when they have sex for the first time, the boy says "Let me show you what love is." SEX IS NOT LOVE. Come on, Hopkins. (To her credit, I have to say that she is diligent about making the point that sex is better when you love the person. But I consider that small potatoes in light of how freely she writes sex into the lives of teens--who, it just so happens, ALWAYS think they're in love.)

(Related side note: It really irritated me that adults encouraged the teens in this belief. Even an adult who is still in love with her high school sweetheart should know that that's a rare thing, and know better than to encourage a girl to believe that her first boyfriend, who she's known for a grand total of two months, is THE ONE.)

Next there's the Mormon stuff. There were some things I could relate to, realizing that though I never felt that way myself at the time, I probably would have if I'd been like I am now. But while I could understand some of the cynicism, I was also very aware that the author was not trying to paint an objective picture of the LDS church as a whole.

Pattyn asks her bishop if it's okay for a man to beat his wife; the bishop tells her that although violence is never right it is a man's duty to keep his wife in check, and then calls her a liar and says he hopes she's not accusing her father of doing that. (Pattyn's mother wears sunglasses to church every week to hide her bruises.) She is also told a story in which, when he was younger, her father held a gun to the heads of his sister and her boyfriend, telling them that if he ever saw them together again he would kill them both. In this story, Pattyn's aunt went to the sheriff, who was also the bishop, and who said that he couldn't do anything because there wasn't enough evidence. Pattyn then decides that she can't trust a Mormon leader OR the police ever again. The patriarchal church infrastructure creates an environment in which these things can happen and go unchallenged, and that's one of the most significant problems with it. But while it's entirely possible that those things could happen, and I know they have happened in one form or other, it's incredibly inaccurate and unfair to be blatantly stating that this is just what Mormon leaders are like.

And, finally, there's the ending. Which I will not spoil for you--but I will tell you that I found it completely unbelievable, not rational in the context of the storyline, and just kind of dumb. By that time I was just glad to be done, and I don't think I'm interested in reading any more of Hopkins's books.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
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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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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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