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Pages: 288

Language: English

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (1 Sept. 2015)

By: Mandy Mikulencak(Author)

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Arlie's face was disfigured by burns when her stepfather's meth lab exploded. After that, Arlie discovered the street smarts and survival skills she needed to shelter her addict mother, since the law and Lloyd, her deranged stepfather, are both looking for them. People died in the explosion and everyone wants answers. But Arlie's carefully constructed world is ripped apart when her mother overdoses shortly after Arlie's 16th birthday. Now she can no longer remain hidden. Social Services steps in and before Arlie can make sense of anything, she is following the rules, going to school, and living in a 31-foot Airstream trailer with an eccentric uncle she didn't even know she had. Then she meets a boy who doesn't care about her scars or her past. Just when she begins to think a normal life might be possible, Lloyd shows up. He's looking for the drug money he insists Arlie's mother stole. Will Arlie be able to shield her Uncle and her boyfriend from Lloyd? Did Lloyd somehow play a role in her mother's death? And can she get rid of him once and for all before her world blows apart again?

"The well-drawn supporting characters hold everything together, notably best friend Mo, love interest Cody, and grandmother figure Dora. Frank, however, is the life of the story. As a first-time father to a teen niece he's just met, he's a wonderfully awkward mix of clueless and clued-in as he navigates his new role and works to create a home for Arlie." Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2015"A serviceable problem novel with elements of romance and suspense." School Library Journal, September 1, 2015"While Arlie's decision to try to face Lloyd alone will frustrate some readers, Mikulencak's debut effectively reveals the fear and hard-learned self-reliance that fuel Arlie's actions. There aren't many YA novels from this perspective, and Mikulencak does a good job of illuminating Arlie's matter-of-fact point of view and surrounding her with supportive, multifaceted characters. Compassionate and moving." Booklist, September 15, 2015"Readers will like the part survival, part romance, part friendship story." VOYA, December 2015


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  • By Sarah on 27 October 2015

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Albert Whitman & Company and NetGalley.)“I’d like to report a death,” I said. “My mother’s.”This was an okay story, but I lost interest.Arlie lost a lot in this book, not only had she got permanent scars on her face from a fire in a meth lab, but she also had to cope with the death of her mother, and the threat of her step-father finding her. Finding your mother’s dead body can’t be easy for anybody, so I did feel for Arlie.“Don’t you see you’re not wanted here? You should have died in that fire. That way we wouldn’t have to look at you.”The storyline in this followed Arlie after her mother’s death, as she met her maternal uncle, and tried to avoid her step-father who seemed to be out to get her. I found the whole thing quite slow though, and I really lost interest.There was a bit of romance, but I didn’t really appreciate that either.“You said you’d keep us safe.”The ending to this was okay, and I was glad that Arlie’s Step-father got what was coming to him. I think other people may enjoy this, but for me it was a bit of a miss.6 out of 10

  • By Pajama Book Girl on 5 January 2016

    Sometimes books are hard to read because they are so heartbreaking. They take you to places and into situations that you never ever thought would be possible. They open up your eyes, your heart, your mind, your spirit, they lock you into the pages with the pulling of your emotions, and when you finish they stay with you in your heart. Burn Girl with its constant struggle, heartache, danger and utter fabulousness is one of those books.With fast, sharp and empathetic writing. An intense plot so deep, and horrifying. And, a heroine at only sixteen years old who is stronger than you could ever be, Burn Girl is certainly something so very, very special. I fell headfirst into destruction and a life that was so hard and with so little, but I was soothed by friendship, truth, love and the courage of one very special girl.Fantastic read!5/5

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