- File Size: 3117 KB
- Print Length: 561 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1442494611
- Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reissue edition (June 20, 2008)
- Publication Date: June 20, 2008
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001MCBEQ4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,838 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ellen Hopkins writes all of her novels in verse. This style of writing resembles a poem, but is written in sentences, just like a regular story. What makes this so unique are the hidden messages in the chapters. In some chapters the end or beginning of each line can make another sentence that is related to the story. In the chapter titled "I'd Done It" the beginning of each sentence created a line of words that read, "Lied, Cheated, Stolen, Invaded, Infiltrated, Lost, Struggling, Surrendering, Unsetting, Forgetting more and more of my feminine role. (Location 1980-7013)" The chapter is Pattyn narrating her relationship with her first boyfriend, but she is also having trouble with her relationship with God and her role in her family. This use of creativity is something I rarely see in novels. Ellen Hopkins unique writing style and techniques keeps the reader interested the Pattyn's story.
Something that is important in any novel is character development. In Burned, the characters are well developed; this keeps the reader interested and builds a strong bond between the character and reader. Ellen Hopkins developed the characters in Burned so well that you begin to understand what Pattyn is feeling. Ellen Hopkins writes all of her characters very well because she understands her audience so well.
Pattyn's story moves very quick, sometimes a little too fast, but the reader remains interested and connected to the story and the characters. The plot development is my favorite part of the story. By the end of this story, Pattyn is contemplating killing her father, but you are left to make your own choice about what will happen next. This cliffhanger type ending leaves the reader wanting more of Pattyn's story and more of Ellen Hopkins writing. Ellen Hopkins writing keeps the reader intrigued because the story is so relatable, even if something like what Pattyn is going through has never happened to the reader.
Burned is an interesting, quick paced novel about a young girl who is experiencing many new things. Ellen Hopkins, the author of this novel, uses a unique writing technique and style, relatable characters, and amazing plot development to keep the reader interested and connected to the story. Ellen Hopkins has written another hit novel and I hope that she keeps them coming!