Monday, December 6, 2010

Burned - a book review

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.

Review by Samantha, age 13

I really do love this book. It's one of my favorites.  It tells about a girl and how rough her life is with her family. The book has a lot of mixed emotions with the main character Pattyn Von Stratten, and she doesn’t really know who she is, just that she a Mormon. (Mormon is some kind of religion). Also with her father being abusive, she doubts life. But that changes when she goes to her Aunt Jeanette’s Ranch for the summer. She finds herself in a women's role and finds love. But once she goes back home and school, all that is taken away from her.

This story could really happen to someone. It shows what one girl goes through and she doesn’t even plan on it to happen. It shows how powerful a teenager can be and being a teenager we are so confused in our lives. You also see Pattyn being a teenager, coming into womanhood.

But she changes into someone else in the end.

I would definitely recommend this for young readers. It really opened my eyes. Some parts are a little disturbing, but nothing too big. My favorite parts are in the summer at her Aunt J's ranch. It tells you a lot about the past, and how Pattyn learns new things, and finds her one and only true love.

Thank you Sammie!  I can't wait to read it.


  1. Sounds interesting. I love the book cover.

    Lynnette Labelle

  2. Thanks for your comment. I haven't read it yet. I did flip through it and it's formatted...different. Almost like a diary.

    Thanks again!


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