Danielle Rollins - BurningPublished: April 5, 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genres: Horror, LGBTQIA, Thriller, Young Adult
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From the author of The Merciless comes an atmospheric thriller rich with secrets and conspiracies that will have readers on the edge of their seats.
The synopsis introduces Burning as Orange Is The New Black for the YA peeps, and I think that's an exaggeration. This book is practically a carbon-copy of the show.
An inmate at
But when a new inmate, Jessica, arrives at Brunesfield, everyone is flabbergasted by her age and how tiny she is. The girl seems to be only ten. Rumors begin flying. No one knows exactly what she's in for. And when the corrupt director informs her to make friends with her, her dark secrets are soon uncovered.
This is something I'd like to call unrealistic fiction. Hypothetically, if someone were able to start fires with their mind, I'm sure they'd be locked away from humanity. Not casually rooming with other inmates. The director/Dr. Gruen/whatever was all: "Ooh, why don't you be her friend? Talk to her." Bitch, please. That girl is a pyromaniac. I would fake a mental breakdown. Like, I would ever fake a friendship with a potential psycho.
Angela develops a crush on the kind warden,
This is an unrealistic portrayal of prison. Technically, juvie.
Fortunately, Fergie did it better. #sorrynotsorry
And remember I said they worked in the cafeteria? Angela and her two best friends, Issie and Cara, cook for the whole prison. But it's only the three of them. How are only three girls expected to cook for a whole prison? By the way, the food isn't even that bad. You always hear horror stories of prison food being nasty, but Angela was like: "We had waffles, syrup, and even mini pats of butter. Oh, but they weren't that good." Well, excusez-moi, mon chéri.
The ending was impossibly impossible. Lest I spoil anything. [ It is impossible for one prisoner - no less, a troupe of them - to escape without issue. In the rare case, a prisoner does escape in real time, police, helicopters, and canines are swarming the streets. Knocking on doors. Checking cars. (hide spoiler)] Overall, I was unmoved.