Monday, August 17, 2009

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins' verse style of writing is growing on me! This is the 2nd book I've read (I listened to Crank on audio).

Burned is about a young Mormon girl who is questioning her beliefs and her place in the LDS community. She begins to experiment with alcohol and exploring her sexuality - which leads to her being sent to her aunt's house for the summer. There, she meets Ethan and falls in love and develops a strong, loving relationship with her aunt as well.

The novel deals with great sensitivity the issues of spousal abuse, alcoholism, and teen sexuality, not to mention the compelling way the Mormon view of women and their place in the church is described.

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