fp April 2006
followed by Smoke
from the book...
It all started with a dream. Nothing exceptional, just a typical fantasy about a boy, the kind of dream that most teen girls experience. But Pattyn Von Stratten is not like most teenage girls. Raised in a religious - yet abusive - family, a simple dream may not be exactly a sin, but it could be the first step toward hell and eternal damnation.
This dream is a first step for Pattyn. But is it to hell or a better life? For the first time Pattyn starts asking questions. Questions seemingly without answers - about God, a woman's role, sex, love - mostly love. What is it? Where is it? Will she ever experience it? Is she deserving of it?
It's with a real boy that Pattyn gets into real trouble. After Pattyn's father catches her in a compromising position, events spiral out of control until Pattyn ends up suspended from school and sent to live with an aunt she doesn't know.
Pattyn is supposed to find salvation and redemption during her exile to the wilds of rural Nevada. Yet what she finds instead is love and acceptance. And for the first time she feels worthy of both - until she realizes her old demons will not let her go. Patty begins down a path that will lead her to a hell - a hell that may not be the one she learned about in sacrament meetings, but it is hell all the same.
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Every now and then a novel comes along that you simply cannot put down and one that moves you profoundly. Burned is one such book. From the acclaimed author of Crank, Ellen Hopkins delivers another powerful read. Pattyn Scarlet Von Stratten the eldest of seven girls has lived life as a good Mormon girl…but as she grows older she begins to question things. Is there more to life than being a dutiful wife and constant baby producer? Her home life is one of changing baby diapers and looking after her siblings, plus avoiding her father’s alcohol fueled tirades. Her father has a history of violence and uses his wife as a punching bag but there is no-one to turn to, certainly not Bishop Crandall, a man has a duty to keep his wife in check. Pattyn begins a friendship with some of the school in-crowd and in particular with Derek. After being found in a compromising position with Derek by her father and getting in trouble at school, Pattyn is banished and sent to live with her Aunt Jeanette, in the wilds of eastern Nevada; someone she has never met. This in fact leads to Pattyn blossoming and finding love and acceptance and seeing herself as a worthy and beautiful person. But things soon come crashing down when Pattyn is forced to return home…her father has turned his violent attention to Jackie the second eldest daughter.
Burned is a real pager turner and cannot but move the reader. There is a huge amount of sadness in this story but much joy and love. The last part of the book will leave you reeling…I’ll say no more. This book is highly recommended for mature young adult readers.
Stephen, Canberra, Australia
Best book I ever read!! Could not put it down, read it in 3 days and loved it. Also making all my friends read it. It will change your life!!!!
Burned is an amazing read. The verse and writing style are beautiful and I wanted to read the book aloud because of the strength of the rhythm. The story tells such a great message for young women and learning how to empower themselves from abuse. Such a great read!
Jessica, California, USA
I just wanted to tell you this is a great book. I really cried in parts of the book - it was a really strong book. I loved it!
While reading it I imagined every detail and was so into it I couldn't stop reading it. I finished the entire book in two days - that was unbelievable but I did. It was so good I read 268 pages in about an hour and a half.