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Burn for Burn [Kindle Edition]

Jenny Han , Siobhan Vivian , Anna Wolf
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Book Description

Payback is paradise in this start to a trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge.

KAT is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend.

LILLIA has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she’s going to put a stop to it.

MARY is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who’s responsible has yet to get what’s coming to him.

None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together…anything is possible.

With an alliance in place, there will be no more “I wish I’d said…” or “If I could go back and do things differently...” These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.

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About the Author

Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series, Shug, and the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. Visit her at

Siobhan Vivian is the author of the young adult novel The List, as well as Not That Kind of Girl, Same Difference, and A Little Friendly Advice, and the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Jenny Han. A former editor for Alloy Entertainment, she received her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She teaches creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Visit her at

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I’M SITTING ON MY BATHROOM COUNTER, TRYING TO remember what the makeup lady at Saks told me about how to do eyeliner on Asian eyes. Only . . . I can’t think straight.

I think she said to wing it just the tiniest bit. I do my right eye first, and it looks okay. I’m finishing up my left eye when my little sister, Nadia, bangs on the door so loudly that I jump.

“Lil! I need to take a shower!” she yells. “Lilli-uhh!”

I pick up my hairbrush and then reach over and unlock the door. Nadia rushes in and turns on the water. She sits on the edge of the tub, in her big soccer T-shirt with her shiny black hair mussed up in the back and watches me brush my hair. “You look pretty,” she says, her voice scratchy with sleep.

Do I? At least the outside is still the same.

I keep brushing. Twenty-three, twenty-four, twenty-five, done. I brush my hair twenty-five strokes every morning. I’ve done it that way since I was little.

Today will be like any other day.

“But I thought you weren’t supposed to wear white after Labor Day,” Nadia adds.

I look down at my sweater. It’s new—white cashmere, soft and snug. I’m wearing it with my white short shorts. “Nobody follows that rule anymore,” I tell her, hopping down from the counter. “Besides, this is winter white.” I swat at her butt with my hairbrush. “Hurry up and get in the shower.”

“Do I have time to curl my hair before Rennie gets here?” she asks me.

“No,” I say, closing the door behind me. “Five minutes.”

Back in my room I start filling my brown saddlebag with my school things, like I’m on autopilot. My new pen and the leather planner my mom got me as a back-to-school gift. Lollies. Cherry ChapStick. I try to think if I’m forgetting something, but nothing comes to mind, so I grab my white espadrilles and head down the stairs.

My mom is in the kitchen, wearing her robe and drinking an espresso. My dad bought her one of those fancy espresso machines for Christmas, and she makes a point of using it at least once a week, even though she prefers tea, and even though my dad is hardly ever at home to see her use it. He’s a doctor, the kind who does research. For as long as I can remember, he’s been working on some new drug to cure cancer. He spends part of the month working at a lab in Boston, and he gets sent all over the world to present his findings. He was on the cover of some science journal this summer. I forget the name of it.

Gesturing to the plate of muffins, my mom says, “Sit down and eat before you go, Lilli. I got those sugary ones you love.”

“Rennie will be here any minute,” I say. When I see the disappointed look on my mom’s face, I take a muffin and wrap it in a napkin. “I’ll eat it in the car.”

Touching my hair, she says, “I can’t believe you’re a senior in high school. One more year and you’ll be away at college. My pretty girl is grown-up.”

I look away. I guess I am grown-up now.

“At least I still have my baby. Is Nadi getting ready?”

I nod.

“You have to look out for Nadi now that you’re at the same school. You know how she looks up to you, Lilli.” My mom squeezes my arm, and I swallow hard. I do have to look out for Nadia better. Not like how I did on Saturday night, when I left her at Alex’s party. She was with her friends, but still.

I should have stayed.

Rennie’s horn honks outside, and I stand up. “Nadia!” I yell. “Rennie’s here!”

“Just one more minute!” Nadia shrieks back.

I hug my mom and head for the garage door.

“Take a muffin for Rennie,” she calls out as I close the door behind me. Rennie wouldn’t eat it anyway. She goes off carbs at the start of every cheerleading season. She only lasts about a month before she gives in, though.

In the garage I slip on my espadrilles, and then I walk down the driveway to Rennie’s Jeep.

“Nadia’s right behind me,” I say, climbing inside.

Rennie leans over and hugs me good morning. Hug her back, I tell myself. And I do.

“Your skin looks awesome against the white,” she says, eyeing me up and down. “I wish I could get as tan as you.”

Rennie’s wearing tight jeans and an even tighter lacy scoop neck top, with a nude cami underneath. She’s so tiny, I can see her rib cage. I don’t think she’s wearing a bra. She doesn’t have to. She’s got a gymnast’s body.

“You’re pretty tan too,” I say, clicking my seat belt.

“Bronzer, baby.” She puts on her sunglasses and starts talking a mile a minute. “So here’s what I’m thinking for the next party. It came to me in a dream last night. The theme will be . . . Are you ready for this? The roaring twenties! The girls could wear flapper costumes with, like, a feather headpiece, and long beaded necklaces, and then the boys could wear zoot suits and fedoras. Hot, right?”

“I don’t know,” I say, looking out the window. Rennie’s talking so fast and so much, it’s making my head pound. “The guys might not be into it. Where are they supposed to find that stuff on the island?”

“Hello, it’s called the Internet!” Rennie taps her fingers on the steering wheel. “What’s taking Nadia so long? I want to get there before everybody else does so I can claim my parking spot for the year.” She presses her hand down on the horn—once, then twice.

“Stop,” I say. “You’re going to wake up my neighbors.”

“Oh, please. The closest house is, like, half a mile down the street.”

Our front door flies open, and Nadia comes running down the steps. She looks tiny against our massive white house. It’s different from most of the other houses on the island—modern lines and lots of glass. My mom helped design it. It was originally our summer home, and then we moved to Jar Island for good before my freshman year. I was the one who begged to move here, to be with Rennie and my summer friends.

My mom waves at us from the front door. I wave back.

“So are you yay or nay on the twenties party?” Rennie asks me.

I honestly don’t care, but I know my answer matters to her—which is why I feel like saying nay.

But before I can, Nadia is at the car, her hair sopping wet. She’s got on her new jeans and the black top the three of us bought together when we went shopping back in July. That feels like forever ago.

She climbs into the backseat. I twist around and say, “You should have dried your hair, Nadi. You know you always get colds when you go around with wet hair.”

Breathlessly she says, “I was scared you guys would leave without me.”

“We wouldn’t leave you!” Rennie cries, turning the wheel. “We’re your big sisters. We’ll always look out for you, honey bun.”

Something nasty is on the tip of my tongue, and I swallow hard to keep from saying it. If I say it, we’ll never be the same again. Even worse than now.

We pull around our circular driveway and down the road.

“Cheerleading practice is at four,” Rennie reminds me, bouncing in her seat to the music. “Don’t be late. We need to evaluate the fresh meat. See what we’ve got to work with. Did you remember to bring your mini camcorder so we can tape them?”

I open my bag and look, even though I know it’s not there. “I forgot.”

“Lil! I wanted to evaluate them later tonight in HD.” Rennie lets out a grumbly sigh, like she’s disappointed in me.

I shrug my shoulders. “We’ll deal.” That’s what we’re doing right now, isn’t it? Dealing? But Rennie’s clearly better at it than me.

“Nadi, who’s the prettiest of all your friends?” Rennie asks.

“Patrice,” Nadia says.

Rennie makes a left, and we pass the small rental cottages that populate Canobie Bluffs. I focus on one in particular. There’s a caretaker outside closing it up for the season, now that it’s empty. I think it’s Reeve’s dad. He’s bolting the shutters on the first floor windows. He hasn’t gotten to the master bedroom yet. Those ones are still wide open.

I turn my head away, and out of the corner of my eye, I look at Rennie. Just to see if she has noticed it too. But there’s nothing there—no recognition, no alarm, nothing.

“Nadi, you’re so much prettier than Patrice. FYI, I’m only taking the cream of the crop for the varsity squad,” Rennie says. “Let me know if there’s anyone you want to cheer for, and I’ll hook it up.”

Immediately Nadia says, “Alex. Can I cheer for Alex?”

Rennie gasps. “Ooh! You better ask your sister. He’s her boy toy.”

“Rennie, be quiet.” I say it more snappishly than I intended, and she makes a face to Nadia in her rearview mirror. I take a breath. “Nadia, there’s a whole line of junior and senior girls ahead of you for Alex. We can’t show favoritism like that. I mean, how would it look, us giving a senior starter to a freshman? Besides, you still have to try out. You haven’t made the squad yet.”

At this, Rennie nods. “Lil’s right. I mean, you’re basically in but we have to treat you the same as everybo...

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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 18, 2012)
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  • Language: English
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oooh BURN November 5, 2012
The professional (ish) reaction: Burn for Burn is most definitely in my Top 5 books (of 2012)! It's a sinister cotemporary that touches on a few paranormal aspects, making it an exciting new read! Dramatic, devious, and stunning, Burn for Burn met, and exceeded, all expectations!

MARY: Mary really does act like the kind of girl she's portraying, shy and meek, but she's got some anger and betrayal hidden in her and I loved that even though she was quiet, she had an undeniable spark in her that just makes you love her! Ever since she was betrayed by the one guy she trusted, Reeve, she's been a bit on the don't-notice-me side, but that's about to change.
Something strange is happening too. Whenever she gets emotional, freaky things start to happen--a sudden wind storm, lights exploding. What, exactly, is happening to her? It's just one of the questions raised and left unanswered. Hopefully we'll find out why in book 2!
KAT: Kat has beef with Rennie, the Queen Bee of the school and also her ex-best friend. But now because of that same person, Kat is left out all because she got "boring" and got replaced by Lillia, out other narrator. Kat is incredibly rebellious and fiery and she was such an interesting character! She's the "devious" one and came up with most of the revenge plans and man! They were evil! But the one thing about Kat was that she took so much glee from the hurt of others and that...kind of unnerved me. But otherwise, she was an amazing character!
LILLIA: Lillia was definitely my favorite character and no, not because she was Chinese. But I'm glad there was diversity! But a guy took advantage of Lillia and when she finds out that her sister may have...done it with her friend, she's more than pissed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Revenge served warm February 11, 2013
Three teenage girls band together to exact revenge of the people that have hurt them in this new novel from Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

Five years ago Mary left Jar Island after a traumatic experience. Now she's back to live with her Aunt Bette a reclusive painter. She intends to have her revenge on a boy named Reeve Tabatsky. She knows it's unlikely he'll recognize her--when he last saw her she was a fat girl he'd nicknamed Big Easy--but like an abused child, she still hopes her tormenter will see her and apologize, try to make it right.

Lillia Cho and Kat Debrassio are at opposite ends of the school's social spectrum but it turns out they have more in common than not and a lot in common with Mary. What ensues is a series of run-ins with mean girls, date rapists, and teachers who turn a blind eye to bullying and even indulge in it themselves. There are also complicated relationships between the young women and the boys they've known all their lives. This is meant to be the first in a trilogy, so of course not that much is resolved, but a lot of action is set in motion.

Han and Vivian have done a good job creating some believable teenage characters. Kat's a little unsubtle (she smokes and does drugs), but she's also the most interesting of the three girls. Mary, who turns out to be the driving force of what will be a trilogy, is actually the least interesting, although the scene where she tells her new friends what happened to make her leave the island is haunting.

This book is nicely written but awfully familiar, right down to the version of CARRIE that happens during a homecoming dance. The writers play fair with us on the supernatural revelation, but fans of paranormal fiction will figure out early on at least a little of what's going on.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I'm done with this series. August 26, 2013
By Wes
Wayyy too much going on here. This could have been a really sweet coming of age story about friendship, and it even began that way, but took an ugly turn about 1/4 of the way through. The girls set their sights on revenge for past wrongs and everything goes downhill from there.


With each page they appear more and more petty/immature/annoying. The deeper into their plans they sink, the more superficial these characters become. Maybe the point is to psychoanalyze the journey of revenge (doubtful) - but unless it's written really well and real issues are explored, I just don't have any interest in that kind of story. It isn't believable.

Speaking of...Then there's the supernatural thing. It's like the authors just thought, "Hey, let's just throw that in there and see if it floats." It didn't. I'm sure it will be central to the next books, but there really just don't need to be next books.

I'm done with this series.
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Welcome to Jar Island.
Meet Lillia. Good girl from a rich family who never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. However, this summer is not going to be an easy one. Thanks to her best friend she meets two quite boys who do not get a no for an answer and, then, her little sister is a rumor involving a friend of hers. There's no way she's going to let the same thing happen to her lil' sister like it happened to her. So revenge is a wonderful idea.
Now meet Kat. Once upon a time she was friends with Princess Lillia and her best friend, Rennie. Now Rennie is making her life a living hell. However, she's willing to fight back and when the opportunity to make her pay for everything she did is in front of her face, she's more than willing to start savoring the consequences of a good revenge.
At last, meet Mary. Poor, timid and cute Mary. She was a citizen of Jar Island before, until something happened and she left. But now is back and willing to make the boy who screwed her life ask for a huge apology or something else. She's not the same girl that left Jar Island and she's wants to prove it. Despite this, it seems that revenge is the only way she can feel even for the thing that boy did to her long ago.
Three girls, three huge messes and one common purpose: sweet, sweet revenge. Because big girls don't cry, they get even.


This book is freaking awesome. Those TV show lovers, this book is where Revenge meets 90210 and Pretty Little Liars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jenny Han has always been one of my favorite authors. I often find...
Jenny Han has always been one of my favorite authors. I often find myself reaching for her Summer series on my shelves to reread them. I was a little disappointed by this book. Read more
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I couldn't put it down, I wanted more. Thankfully there is two more books! I love the unlikely pairing of the three girls, and how they link to each other. Read more
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This book turned out to be a lot milder than I thought. Which is pretty disappointing. I mean the premise is about teenage girls who are wronged and want revenge, and that doesn't... Read more
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