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Burned By Ellen Hopkins

Burned is a touching story written in poems and journal entries about a young girl named Pattyn Von Stratten. Pattyn is raised in a religious Mormon household. When her father becomes abusive she begins to question her life and her beliefs in God. Pattyn is sent to live with her Aunt J in the countryside in Nevada. She is sent there to recover from the life she was starting to live but she finds greater things. Pattyn finds true love and acceptance and is truly happy. When Pattyn is finally happy with her life she is forced to return home for the new school year with her family. Her dad is back and worse than ever with his abusive ways. She then struggles to deal with coming back to the old life she hated. This was a very interesting and touching book. As Pattyn matures and beings to find love the book became more fun to read. I enjoyed reading the parts when she is staying in Nevada because this is when she describes a lot of situations. Overall it was a really good book that did touch on a lot of important topics in a teen’s life such as love, sex, religion, family, abuse, and alcohol.