By: Ellen Hopkins
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Pattyn lives in a strict religious community where her father beats her and her mother. Searching for any kind of escape from her difficult, everyday life, Pattyn starts having a secret and forbidden relationship with a boy at school . . . But soon her father finds out and sends her to live on her aunt’s peaceful ranch as punishment, where Pattyn’s emotions finally begin to settle down and she meets the man of her dreams, Ethan.
Burned is written in free verse and deals with some harsh subjects, and the ending is sad and unsatisfactory. Readers should be aware that the main character’s family’s Mormon religion is portrayed in a negative light, though Pattyn’s aunt talks freely about the love of God. There is also a sequel titled Smoke.
• Profanity (F-word, sh*t, b*tch, d*mn, and cr*p)
• Sexuality (making out, several sex scenes without much description, mention of a condom breaking)
• One of Pattyn’s brothers is homosexual and his father disowned him
• References to periods and period pads
• Reference to miscarriages
• Violence (a car accident, a husband beats his wife and daughters, hunting, planning murders)
• Drinking beer, alcohol, and wine; one character is an alcoholic