Teen Review: BURNED by Ellen Hopkins

Posted 21 March, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 2 Comments

Final Grade: 97/A
YA Contemporary
532 pages
Student’s copy
Available now


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 Contains Spoilers!***


KHANA’S REVIEW: I give this book a 97. It really had me guessing the whole time I was reading it. It’s not like your typical love story. It sort of has a little twist. Pattyn was a Mormon teenager who, for all intents and purposes, didn’t like her large family. She didn’t feel loved and often had disturbed thoughts.


My favorite part in this book is when Pattyn is sent to her Aunt J’s house for the summer. This trip teaches her that the way her family is living is not usual. She learns her father’s abusiveness didn’t start when he got married, it started when he was young. Aunt J is a role model to Pattyn. She teaches Pattyn that life doesn’t have to be all about tradition and that life should be fulfilling and happy.


I love when Pattyn meets Ethan, a true, loving boy. He treats Pattyn with respect and loves her unconditionally. I think that’s how love is always supposed to me – pure. Pattyn and Ethan are perfect together and do almost everything together. But, of course, their happiness just has to come to an end. Pattyn has to move back home but at least it’s closer to the college that Ethan goes to. Back home, Pattyn’s mother is pregnant, so Pattyn is the one getting abused by her father. Time and time again, Pattyn gets hurt and can’t do anything about it.


My least favorite part is when Pattyn finds out that she’s pregnant. She gets scared because she knows that no unmarried, Mormon teenager should ever get  pregnant at seventeen. So she thinks of a plan which, of course, involves Ethan. They plan to run away together but their plan backfires when Pattyn’s father sends state troopers after them.


This story is truly sad. I know Pattyn had big plans but they just washed away.


KHANAI like hanging out with family and friends. My favorite hobbies are softball, volleyball, cheerleading, and reading. Yes, I am a book worm but I don’t read all books. I love books with a twist and when they have real-life problems. My favorite subjects THIS year are social studies and language arts. (I change every year—my mind just starts liking something else better!)


Other reviews by Khana: BLUE MOON by Alyson Noel

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2 Responses to “Teen Review: BURNED by Ellen Hopkins”

  1. Anonymous

    This book was probably the greatest book i have ever read. the end brought me to tears and made me replay the pages over and over again this book was absolutly marvoulous and i would rate it a perfect score of 100