I do know things really began to spin out of control after my first sex dream.
It all started with a dream. Nothing exceptional, just a typical fantasy about a boy, the kind of dream that most teen girls experience. But Pattyn Von Stratten is not like most teen girls. Raised in a religious — yet abusive — family, a simple dream may not be exactly a sin, but it could be the first step toward hell and eternal damnation.
This dream is a first step for Pattyn. But is it to hell or to a better life? For the first time Pattyn starts asking questions. Questions seemingly without answers — about God, a woman’s role, sex, love — mostly love. What is it? Where is it? Will she ever experience it? Is she deserving of it?
It’s with a real boy that Pattyn gets into real trouble. After Pattyn’s father catches her in a compromising position, events spiral out of control until Pattyn ends up suspended from school and sent to live with an aunt she doesn’t know.
Pattyn is supposed to find salvation and redemption during her exile to the wilds of rural Nevada. Yet what she finds instead is love and acceptance. And for the first time she feels worthy of both — until she realizes her old demons will not let her go. Pattyn begins down a path that will lead her to a hell — a hell that may not be the one she learned about in sacrament meetings, but it is hell all the same.
In this riveting and masterful novel told in verse, Ellen Hopkins takes readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride. From the highs of true love to the lows of abuse, Pattyn’s story will have readers engrossed until the very last word.
I read the Crank trilogy and was absolutely blown away by it, so I thought it was time I start working my way through Ellen Hopkins‘ other books. I picked Burned to start out with.
As soon as I cracked the book open I was greeted with Ellen Hopkins‘ raw beautiful prose. Burned has the same honesty as other books I’ve read by Ellen, but this one deals with a girl in a very large, and very dysfunctional Mormon family.
Burned made me angry. As it should. There’s a lot of issues going on in Pattyn’s life. An abusive father. A doormat of a mother. Not to mention all the normal teenage problems. Like, sex, drinking, and making friends. Pattyn’s life is hard and I didn’t blame her for the situation she found herself in. I probably would have done the same things in her shoes. This really isn’t a book that you can say you enjoyed, but I liked seeing Pattyn start to make her own decisions. It was like watching her take blinders off.
I loved Aunt J. She was definitely my favorite character. She was really the perfect person for Pattyn to have in her life. I just wish she could have stayed with her longer. I really just wish the book could have had a happier resolution all together. I guess that I’ll just have to wait and see what happens in Smoke.