Author: Ellen Hopkins 
Pages: 560 
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Format: Hardcover (ARC) 
Expected Publication: 09/10/2013
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)
: Pattyn Von Stratten’s father is dead, and Pattyn is on the run. After far too many years of abuse at the hands of her father, and after the tragic loss of her beloved Ethan and their unborn child, Pattyn is desperate for peace. Only her sister Jackie knows what happened that night, but she is stuck at home with their mother, who clings to normalcy by allowing the truth to be covered up by their domineering community leaders. Her father might be finally gone, but without Pattyn, Jackie is desperately isolated. Alone and in disguise, Pattyn starts a new life, but is it even possible to rebuild a life when everything you’ve known has burned to ash and lies seem far safer than the truth?

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest an unbiased review. 

My Summary: Pattyn is on the run - a fugitive, forced out of her small Mormon community because of the part she played in her fathers death. But the death of her father means nothing in comparison to the deaths of her baby and her boyfriend, Ethan. 

Jackie is left behind, trying to tend to the shambles of their broken home. With her father dead and her mother a wreck, Jackie is forced to put aside her own grief and care for her siblings. But Jackie - like Pattyn - has secrets buried within, and she can't keep them contained forever....

My Thoughts: I loved Burned, so when I heard that there was a sequel in the works, I was a little wary (albeit excited). When I found a copy sitting in my mailbox a few days ago, I knew it was going to be another one of those nights when I stayed up late reading. 

Pattyn and Jackie were extremely well-developed. I loved the way their stories started off in the same place, branched out, and then connected again. The supporting characters were also really well-written - I loved Gavin and Angel and Adriana. Jackie's struggle to move on was heartbreaking, and reading about her mother's indifference infuriated me. I found myself cheering on Pattyn, hoping she found what she was looking for and got the chance to move on. 

While abuse was a major theme in this novel, I found hope to be one as well. Moving on was a big one too, and Ellen Hopkins wrote it beautifully. Jackie and Pattyn's struggles were believable and relatable, and nothing was sugarcoated. 

Final Thoughts: If you are a fan of poetry, contemporary lit, or just looking to branch out in the YA genre, I definitely recommend you check out anything and everything by Ellen Hopkins. If you loved Burned, pre-order Smoke ASAP!  


  1. I haven't read this one or the first but I want to.

  2. Anonymous7/14/2013

    I am a bit intrigued with this sequel. I have not yet read the first part of the series but I think that it will be on the list. Thank you for posting the review.

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