Wednesday 15 January 2014

Review: Burned (Burned #1) by Ellen Hopkins

1472456Title: Burned
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 544
Release Date: October 23rd 2007 (March 28th 2006)
Series: Burned #1
Where I Got It: Library

Synopsis: Raised in a religious -- yet abusive -- family, Pattyn Von Stratten starts asking questions -- about God, a woman's role, sex, love. She experiences the first stirrings of passion, but when her father catches her in a compromising position, events spiral out of control. Pattyn is sent to live with an aunt in the wilds of Nevada to find salvation and redemption. What she finds instead is love and acceptance -- until she realizes that her old demons will not let her go.

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Ellen Hopkins is the New York Times bestselling author if Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Triangles, Tilt, and Collateral. She lives in Carson City, Nevada, with her husband and son. Hopkin's Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest pages gets thousands of hits from teens who claim Hopkins is the "only one who understand me", and she can be visited at

Like most of you here, books are my life. Reading is a passion, but writing is the biggest part of me. Balance is my greatest challenge, as I love my family, friends, animals and home, but also love traveling to meet my readers. Hope I meet many of you soon!


I read this book on January 15th 2014.

This book is heart wrenching... with every turn of a page your feelings will take you on a roller coaster of love, sadness, happiness, death and more. I just can't explain the intense feelings that come out in this book.

This book left me heartbroken. It is very rare to find a book that can bring out such emotions, and this one did. It started on a sad note and ended on a sad note, but I think that made the writing that much stronger. This is the first Ellen Hopkins book I've read, and I must say I am a little disappointed. I've heard great things about her books and expected a little more out of this book, although it was written in a fantastic way.

The one thing I didn't like about this book was the feeling it gave me. When I read about Pattyn in her house, it seemed really awkward as if I was in the 1970s or something. It felt very western but once she was in school or with her Aunt, then it was as if she was in a normal time.

The ending of this book was fantastic. I was close to tears for the pain I felt for Pattyn and her sisters as well as her mother.

I recommend this book to readers who enjoy emotional and strong books.

Ages: 14 and up
Grades: 9 and up

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