Pattyn Von Stratten is 17. She can’t drive, she’s considered her father’s property, she’s forced to take care of her siblings, and she’s being forced into a ‘women’s role’ by her church and community. Pattyn is Mormon. After stepping out of line for the first time ever, Pattyn is sent to stay with her Aunt J on a ranch in Nevada. Both her and her father think there’s nothing for her to do there, that she can’t manage to get into any trouble, and that Pattyn will learn her lesson. However, instead she finds acceptance and knowledge from Aunt J, love from Ethan, and begins to question her religion.
Burned is a great coming of age book. It deals with many issues that many young girls face, such as abuse, religion, and first love. It was great to see how Pattyn changed throughout the book. In the beginning, she is so held back by things she doesn’t even understand, then as she learns acceptance and real love, she begins to question authority and religion, especially how corrupted her church seems to be. She grows so much throughout the plot that by the end she is practically another person. A better person.
The ending was a bit of a shock. I knew something awful was going to happen, but I didn’t quite expect that.
Overall: I loved this book. It’s a great read. I would recommend this to anyone who likes books that deal with real issues and life. Ellen Hopkins created, once again, a lovely story that tugs at the heart.
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