Pattyn Von Stratten is searching for the love she isn’t getting from God or her family in this novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins.

It all started with a dream. Just a typical fantasy, but for a girl raised in a religious—and abusive—family, a simple dream could be the first step toward eternal damnation. Now Pattyn Von Stratten has questions. Questions about God, and sex, and mostly love. Will she ever find it? Pattyn experiences the first stirrings of passion, but when her father catches her in a compromising position, events spiral out of control.

Pattyn is sent to live with an aunt in the wilds of rural Nevada to find salvation and redemption. What she finds instead is love and acceptance, and for the first time she feels worthy of both—until she realizes that her old demons will not let her go. Those demons lead Pattyn down a path to hell—not to the place she learned about in sacrament meetings, but to an existence every bit as horrifying.

In this gripping and masterful novel told in verse, Ellen Hopkins embarks on an emotional journey that ebbs and flows. From the highs of true love to the lows of loss and despair, Pattyn’s story is utterly compelling. You won’t want this story to end—but when it does, you can find out what’s next for Pattyn in the sequel, Smoke.

Details Burned

Title Burned
AuthorEllen Hopkins
Release Date10th Sep 2013
PublisherMargaret K. McElderry Books
Pages560 pages

7 reviews on “Burned

  1. JHenzo

    I received a copy of BURNED in the mail from my cousin yesterday & couldn’t put it down. I finished it all last night & was completely smitten! My cousin & I were both reared Mormon, & thus identified intensely with the story. We both come from dysfunctional families, which often made me feel like Hopkins had been peeking through my curtains to obtain her material for BURNED. I am now almost 30 & think this book is long overdue. Hopkins portrayal of a battered young girl in a devoutly religious (& more specifically, Mormon) family is dead on the mark. If only I had the clarity of Pattyn when I was a teen. (As conflicted & confused as Pattyn often is, she is wise beyond her years. My adolescence was marked with a blur of foggy madness…a fury of anger, loneliness, & confusion.) I have since made peace with my past & have left the Mormon church. Yet all the years and miles later, reading BURNED was like going home….

  2. Adriana

    Surprisingly I read this book all in one day. I felt that I went through so many emotions from disgust and frustration to content and enjoyment just to end it all with anger and sadness.The main character Pattyn is raised in a Mormon household. She’s a well mannered girl who obeys her parents and takes care of all her younger siblings. Until she begins questioning her beliefs and trust in the people she’s meant to look up to, everything turns from bad to worse.Her father is an abusive alcoholic and her mother doesn’t do anything other than having more kids for Pattyn to take care of. She is sent to live with her Aunt by her dad who can’t put up with her anymore. There she discovers love, freedom, and happiness. Pattyn falls in love with Ethan who is a caring and loving guy. Meanwhile at home things aren’t so great for her sister Jackie. Her father takes out his anger and frustration on her, and Pattyn is conflicted on what she should do to help out her family.I was left feeling really …

  3. ahmunaeatchoo

    After reading the Crank trilogy, I couldn’t wait to read more of Hopkins’ books. So I read Burned. It was a great story but in the end everything crashed and burned, literally. SPOILER ALERT: The book started out okay, this high school teen is in a Mormon family with 7 sisters and an alcoholic, abusive dad. Pattyn, the girl, rebels a bit, then gets shipped off to her Aunt’s house. She finds love there and that is the best part of the whole book, her summer at the Aunts house. She finds out she’s pregnant when she gets back home & attempts to run away because her father will most likely kill her, as seeing how far the abuse went in portions of the book before, over very minor things. Her and her love get into an accident trying to run from cops. He dies and her unborn baby dies as well. All of this literally happened in about 10 pages. It just sucked! Horrible way to end the book. Then she gets home from her hospital stay and her father has disowned her and told her she needs to leave. …

  4. Kim

    Most of the credit for two stars goes to the author’s writing style, not the actual story itself because, for the most part, I hated this book. But Hopkins is a great writer, so she gets credit for it.I’ll begin by stating that I am not Mormon. I grew up in Utah, but have never been Mormon. I will admit that I have a lot of issues with the religion and with some of the people who practice it (I do love my Mormon friends who I believe are wonderful people, so that is why I stated “some of the people”). However, the author’s portrayal of Mormonism is way off in many places and this bothered me more than I thought it would. Sure, it is a patriarchical religion, but the Mormons I grew up with would never sanction abuse of their families. Not to say that there aren’t Mormons who are abused (because to deny it would be naive), but that abuse is not sanctioned by the religion (at least my perception of it) as the author seemed to say it was.I was willing to overlook the problems with th…

  5. S.Hody

    Ellen Hopkins is a really special writer. It’s all in poet form and short phrases but a story is told nonetheless. This one next to “Crank” are my favorites of Ellen Hopkins. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop…

  6. Stephanie @ Reading is Better With Cupcakes

    Ellen Hopkins seems to always leave me without words when I finish her books.There is so much emotion in this book, it is hard to express exactly how it made me feel. There was anger, sorrow, love, hate, and even guilt.If you are of the LDS belief I suggest you do not read this book unless you have a very open mind about your own religious system….

  7. abitofcraftin

    I purchased Burned along with The Crank Trilogy for my teenager as she has been raving about them and author Ellen Hopkins. This book made her second spot on her Christmas Wish List this year. I’m hoping I can read it as well as the brief synopsis sounds quite interesting. I’ll update once I get my chance to experience these reads….

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