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Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn Series #2)

Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn Series #2)

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by Jenny Han

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Secrets prove deadly in Book Two of the Burn for Burn trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan. Work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn’t exactly go the way they’d hoped at the Homecoming Dance.

Not even close.

For now,


Secrets prove deadly in Book Two of the Burn for Burn trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan. Work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn’t exactly go the way they’d hoped at the Homecoming Dance.

Not even close.

For now, it looks like they got away with it. All they have to do is move on and pick up the pieces, forget there was ever a pact.

But there is something seriously wrong with sweet, little Mary. If she can’t control her anger, she’s sure someone will get hurt. Mary understands now that it’s not just that Reeve bullied her—it’s that he made her love him.

It seems once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn…

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kim Dare
In Burn for Burn (2012), Lillia, Kat, and Mary learned that while revenge may seem sweet, it comes with consequences. The three girls banded together to get even with classmates who had wronged them: Lillia going after Alex; Kat targeting Rennie; and Mary pursuing Reeve. As Fire with Fire opens, it seems that the girls are putting their revenge schemes behind them and that normal life will resume. But when Reeve turns out to be a bigger jerk than originally realized, the three decide to join forces one more time: he seems to have a crush on Lillia, so Lillia will lure him in and then break his heart as he has broken Mary’s. A relationship between Lillia and Reeve has the added benefit of infuriating Rennie, who is being as spiteful as ever. At first, all goes according to plan, but over time, Lillia starts to develop real feelings for the injured quarterback. Kat’s role is fairly minor in this installment, while Mary’s paranormal powers that were previously suggested start to heat up. As with the first volume, the relational drama gains momentum toward the end, and the cliffhanger finish includes a shocker that will make readers wonder where exactly Han and Vivian are going with the whole story arc. Fans of the “Pretty Little Liars” series (2006) may enjoy the ride, although the length (over 500 pages) may deter some, given the slow pace. Purchase where the first title in the series is popular. Reviewer: Kim Dare; Ages 14 up.
Kirkus Reviews
Revenge might be a dish best served cold but not when it's as unappetizing and bloated as this sequel to Burn for Burn (2012). At first, in the aftermath of the homecoming debacle, Kat, Lillia and Mary think they're done with revenge. But then they regroup and focus their efforts on one person: star quarterback Reeve, who broke his leg after Lillia drugged him at the dance and who used to bully the still-fragile Mary. There are signs that Reeve has a crush on Lillia, so the girls decide she will get close to Reeve and then break his heart. This has the bonus of hurting Rennie, Kat's nemesis and Lillia's new frenemy. The movement of Lillia to the forefront of the novel and the slow growth of her feelings for Reeve are compelling, but Kat's relegation to the sidelines and the strange supernatural powers that Mary discovers make the book feel uneven. When the truth about Mary is finally revealed, it's just a distraction from the more interesting plot points--and feels totally unnecessary. Clocking in at over 500 pages, this attempt by Han and Vivian to craft a Carrie-meets–John Tucker Must Die novel falls very flat. (Fiction. 15-18)
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Picking up a few days after the events of Burn for Burn (S & S, 2012), this sequel deals with the fallout from a revenge plan that didn't go as smoothly as it should have. Lillia finds herself iced out of her social circle by her former BFF, Rennie, when star football player Reeve shows an interest in her. Reeve's attention provides Lillia, Kat, and Mary, who formed a secret alliance in the first novel, another opportunity to exact revenge. This time, Lillia will make Reeve fall in love with her and then break his heart the way he broke Mary's. Lillia wants nothing to do with Reeve, but goes along with the plan for her friend and soon finds herself developing true feelings for him. Mary knows better than to still care for Reeve, but knowing better doesn't stop it from happening. Meanwhile, her aunt, with whom she lives, starts acting stranger and stranger, and Mary's memories of her haunted past start trickling back. The narration rotates among the three main girls. Each one has a distinct voice, making it easy to follow the engaging story. There are more questions than there are answers about the multiple plot threads left dangling at the end. Fans of the first book have been waiting eagerly for this installment; those new to the series are encouraged to go back to Burn for Burn to catch up.—Brandy Danner, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
Burn for Burn Series , #2
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5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.80(d)
HL640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Fire with Fire

  • WHEN THE MONDAY MORNING SUN streams through my window, something tells me to get out of bed instead of rolling over toward the wall like I’ve been doing for the past week. I’ve known I should go back to school for a while, but I couldn’t quite muster up the energy to make it happen. So I stayed in bed.

    But today feels different. I’m not sure why. It’s just a feeling I have. Like I need to be there.

    I braid my hair and put on my corduroy jumper, a button-up shirt, and a cardigan sweater. I’m nervous about seeing Reeve; I’m nervous about . . . something bad happening again. And then there’s all the schoolwork I’ve missed. I haven’t even tried to keep up with my assignments. My books, all my notebooks, have stayed zipped away in my backpack, untouched, in the corner of my room. I pick it up by one strap and hoist it over my shoulder. I can’t worry about how I’ll catch up right now. I’ll figure something out.

    But when I put my hand on my doorknob and try to turn it, it won’t budge.

    This happens in our house. Especially in the summer, when the wood swells up with the humidity. The doors are original and the hardware is too. It’s a big glass doorknob with a brass metal plate and room for a skeleton key. You can’t even buy that kind of thing anymore.

    It usually takes a little jiggling to get it to work, but I try that and it still won’t move.

    “Aunt Bette?” I call out. “Aunt Bette?”

    I give the door another try. This time a much harder shake. And then I start to panic. “Aunt Bette! Help!”

    Finally I hear her coming up the stairs.

    “Something’s wrong with the door!” I shout. “It won’t open.” I give it another shake, to show her. And then, when I don’t hear anything happen on the other side, I sink down to my knees and look through the keyhole, to make sure she’s still standing out there. She is. I can see her long, crinkly maroon skirt. “Aunt Bette! Please!”

    Finally Aunt Bette springs into action. I hear her struggle with my door on her side for a second, and then it swings open.

    “Thank goodness,” I say, relieved. I’m about to step into the hallway when I spot some stuff on the floor. It looks like white sand, or a chalk of some kind. To the left I can see it was laid in a thin, perfect line, but directly in front of my door it’s been totally messed up by Aunt Bette’s footprints.

    What in the world?

    I think about stooping over and touching it, but I’m a little spooked.

    Aunt Bette has always been into weird things, like smudgings and crystals and channeling different energies. She used to always bring back trinkets and lucky charms whenever she went overseas. I know that stuff is all harmless, but I point down at the chalk and say, “What is that stuff?”

    Aunt Bette looks up guiltily. “It’s nothing. I—I’ll clean it up.”

    I nod, like Okay, sure, while stepping past her. “I’ll see you in a few hours.”

    “Wait,” she says urgently. “Where are you going?”

    I sigh. “To school.”

    With a thin, frayed voice she says, “It’s better if you stay home.”

    All right. I haven’t had the easiest week. I know that. I’ve done a lot of moping around the house, a lot of crying. But it’s not like Aunt Bette’s been doing so hot either. She hasn’t been sleeping much. I hear her in her room at night, puttering around, sighing to herself. She hardly ever goes outside. And she’s not painting much anymore, which might be the most worrisome thing of all. When Aunt Bette paints, she’s happy, simple as that. It’ll be good if I get out of her hair for the day. Give us both some space.

    “I can’t stay in the house forever.” I have to follow my gut. Something inside me is telling me to go. “I’m going to school today,” I say again. This time without smiling. And I walk straight down the stairs, without waiting for her permission.

    *  *  *

    By the time I reach the bike rack at Jar Island High, the sun has disappeared, leaving the sky cold and wispy. The parking lot is empty, except for a few teachers and the electrician vans. Our school is being completely rewired after the homecoming incident. It looks like they’ve hired every electrician on the island, men working around the clock to get it done.

    I’m glad to be here early, before most of the other students. I need to ease myself back into this carefully.

    To my surprise, Lillia runs up beside me. She has her jacket zipped up tight and the hood over her head. Every day it’s getting colder.

    “Hey,” I say shyly, and lock up my bike. It’s the first time we’ve seen each other since homecoming. “You’re here early.”

    “Oh my gosh, I’m so glad to see you, Mary.” When I don’t answer right away, she frowns and says, “Are you mad at me or something? You haven’t called; you haven’t reached out. I looked up your aunt’s number in the phone book and tried calling, but nobody picked up. And Kat’s stopped by your house a few times, but no one’s answered the door.”

    I guess it was stupid to think Lillia and Kat wouldn’t notice that I’ve been avoiding them. But I haven’t wanted to see anyone from school. It’s nothing personal. “Sorry,” I say. “It’s just been . . . a lot.”

    “It’s okay. I get it. And things have been so crazy; it’s probably good that the three of us are lying low.” She says it, but she still sounds sad. “Hey, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Reeve’s coming back to school today.”

    I have a hard time swallowing. Is this why I had the feeling that I needed to be here? Because Reeve was coming back too?

    “How is he? I read in the paper his leg is broken.”

    Lilia presses her lips together and then says, “He’s okay. But I think he’s out for the rest of the season.” I guess she sees something in my face, because she quickly shakes her head. “Don’t worry. Everything’s going to be fine.” She walks backward, away from me. “Let’s talk later, okay? I miss you.”

    Reeve’s broken. I broke him.

    I got what I wanted.

    Didn’t I?

    He’ll be arriving soon. I speed walk into school. Almost every classroom has big, gaping holes sawed into the walls, for the electrical work. I need to be careful where I walk or else I’ll trip on bundles of new wires running along the hallway floors.

    I go into homeroom and take a seat on the radiator by the window, with the skirt of my corduroy jumper tucked underneath me. I leave a textbook open in my lap. I’m not studying. I don’t look down at the pages once. I peer through my hair and watch the parking lot as it fills up with students.

    The temperature dipped down past the freezing mark for the first time this weekend, and I guess the janitors didn’t waste any time shutting the courtyard fountain off. It’s only the smokers and the cross-country runners who can handle the cold. Everyone else is hustling inside.

    I pick up the sound of bass thumping through the window. Alex’s SUV pulls into the school driveway. He parks in the handicapped spot, close to the walkway. Alex gets out, walks around the front of the car, and opens the passenger door.

    Everyone in the courtyard turns to look. They must know he’s coming back today too.

    Reeve plants his good leg on the ground. He’s wearing mesh basketball shorts and a JAR ISLAND FOOTBALL hoodie. Alex extends his hand, but Reeve ignores it, holds on to the door, and swings his other leg out. A white plaster cast stretches from his upper thigh all the way down to his toes.

    Reeve balances on one foot while Alex gets his crutches out from the trunk. Rennie hops out of the backseat. She grabs Reeve’s backpack from the passenger-side seat. Reeve motions like he wants to carry his stuff himself, but Rennie shakes her head, swishing her ponytail from side to side. He gives up and starts hobbling toward school as fast as he can with his crutches, which is pretty fast, actually. He leaves his friends trailing behind him.

    A couple of kids rush up to Reeve, smile, and say hello. But everyone’s staring at his leg. One guy tries to crouch down with a pen, so he can sign the cast. Reeve doesn’t stop. He lowers his head, pretends not to notice them, and keeps going.

    It’s just like always. Everyone wants a piece of Reeve. Most of them will never get it.

    But I had it once.

  • Meet the Author

    Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series; Shug; the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian; and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. Visit her at DearJennyHan.com.

    Siobhan Vivian is the author of the young adult novel The List, as well as Not That Kind of Girl, Same Difference, and A Little Friendly Advice, and the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Jenny Han. A former editor for Alloy Entertainment, she received her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She teaches creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Visit her at SiobhanVivian.com.

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    Fire with Fire 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
    sheltisebastian More than 1 year ago
    Amazing. I can't put in words how much I love this series!
    Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss.) This is book 2 in the ‘Burn For Burn’ series, and kicks off a few hours after the end of book 1 ‘Burn for Burn’. **Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Burn for Burn’.** Following the events of the dance, Reeve has ended up in hospital with a broken leg, and the girls are feeling a little guilty over what happened. Mary doesn’t want this to interfere with their plan for revenge though, and once again the intended victim is Reeve. Can the girl’s use Reeve’s feelings for Lilia against him? What is this strange paranormal ability that Mary seems to have? And will Reeve ever feel sorry for what he did to Mary? This was an interesting second book, but it seemed quite long. Lilia, Kat, and Mary continued in this book the way they did in the first – planning ways to pay back the people who had wronged them. The major plan this time though was back to ‘John Tucker Must Die’ territory – get Reeve to fall in love with Lilia and then break his heart. I wasn’t sure that this was a very good idea though, I would not have wanted to bet on Lilia being able to start a relationship with Reeve without her own feelings getting involved. The last book ended with a strange paranormal occurrence, and there didn’t seem to have been much made of this in this second book, until right at the end. I did guess what was going on slightly earlier than Mary did, because the clues we got pointed directly to what was going on, and I did think that this paranormal element was handled pretty well all things considered. We were then left with another cliff-hanger at the end of this book which was unfortunate. I did think that this book was long. At over 500 pages, it was a really long book for the amount of stuff that actually happened, and I think a different author could probably have written this much more succinctly. It did seem to drag a bit in places, and I felt like we weren’t getting where we were going fast enough, but I think part of that may be down to second book syndrome. There were a few surprises at the end, including an unexpected death, and I do want to read the third book in the series to find out what happens, although I do worry about how long the final book will be. Overall; an interesting second book, but felt a bit long. 7 out of 10
    majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
    If you've been following our blog for a while, then you should already know how OBSESSED I was with Burn for Burn last year. I literally devoured it in ONE day. Anyways, I squealed when I got this book for review, because Burn for Burn ended in such a major cliffhanger! Fire with Fire starts off exactly where Burn for Burn left off. I kind of had to skim through my copy of Burn for Burn to refresh my memory because I kind of forgot a lot of stuff. This book is also told from the three girls point of views, so we still get to read about each and every one of their personal feelings! The story immediately starts off with a fast pace. After the three girls took their revenge, they think they're done. Not with how badly things ended with one of their target. Things kind of start to collapse for each girl. Lillia is on the verge of losing her friends, Kat is confused, and Mary doesn't know what's wrong with her. Things have totally gone crazy!My favorite thing about this book is probably the characters. All of them are unique and different. Also, there are a LOT of characters in this book that are important, so it never gets boring. Everyone has their share of secrets and crushes and whatnot, so you never really get bored of reading. In my opinion, I felt like Lillia was the one who suffered the most from the outcome of their revenge. I felt sorry for her that she lost most of her friends, but she still had Mary and Kat so I wasn't too upset. I feel like Kat doesn't really have a major part in this book, even though she's the middle of the cover. This book did make the reader's learn more about her, and I like her even more, but I still want more. Mary.. What can I say about Mary? Her life is a roller coaster. Things aren't great with her aunt, she keeps doing weird things that she doesn't understand herself, and she still isn't over Reeve. Not that I'm complaining, but I think this book was mostly about Mary. Overall, this book was so MUCH FUN!! Oh, and if you thought that Burn for Burn ended in a cliffhanger, wait until you read this! We got to know so much more about each character and all the characters grow so much for me! I honestly love them and I don't think I ever want their story to end. Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian created such a brilliant story that is full of love, revenge, friendship, and trust. The writing is great, and you just feel like you never want to stop reading. Now I have to wait for the third book, Ashes to Ashes, to come out. I suggest you wait for the third one to come out because you do not want to torture yourself by waiting to find out more. 
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    megan105 More than 1 year ago
    I loved this book! The whole series is great!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    He padded in and made a nest. He slept.
    StephFL More than 1 year ago
    I can never get enough of this book. As soon as I finished it, I reread the ending at least twice. It is genius. The structure, the story, the ending. If I tried I could probably have finished this in one day, because I literally had to force myself to put it down and sleep.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    SPOILERS I really can't get over what happened in this book. I meam Lillia and Reeve hooked up which I REALLY loved and then to find out that Mary was dead the entire time. Oh my God that killed me! It explains so much! Why Mary doesn't have any friends, everyone thought that Mary's aunt was crazy, and why when Mary yelled to get Reeves attention it was like a roar of somesort. I couldn't believe it! I really couldn't. I hope we find out how only Lillia and Kate can see her.
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    Ohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygod i am crying so much right now the ending. Holy crap the ending. Omg read this book and you will love it and i know i wont be the only shedding tears. It touches your heart but it also teaches a lesson. Please. Best book in the world right here. I kinda want a third book now to explain mary and lillia and kat to see... spoiler alert... if mary is dead. Ohemgee i read the ending near twelve times now and everytime i do, i cry. So awesome book fantastic plot. I freaking love it. Thanks for writing this book and making my summer not that boring afterall.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I loved Burn for Burn and i will try to fibd fire with fire irl btw is the third book out yet?
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    can somebody please tell me when the third book comes out? i can't find it anywhereeee!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    OMG. That book was so confusing but awsome at the same time. They need a third book to say if..... spoilers.... mary really died and if reeve will ever own up to what he did. I mean like oh my god i cnat belive lilla and reeve got togther then reenie died and we figure out Marys been dead this whole time. Can someone say third book?
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    &bull; &delta &bull; <br> <br> &bull; Name - DarkStories <br> &bull; Reason why - DarkStories would like to be Deputy because he loves helping others. Despite his name, he is very caring and loving. He is feirce in battle and would do anything to keep his clan safe, even if it means sacraficing his own life. He would try to keep peace amongst the clan. He would post Patrols daily. He will help every cat, except evil cats [of course], that crosses the entrance into SwiftClan. Though, DarkStories has been born to an Evil she himself, he is the complete opposite. He absolutely hates war and is ruthless when it comes down to it. He's been a loner for a while, though he has been deputy in many other clans, so he has expirence. <br>
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I'm IceFlare. I would protect the clan, even with my life. I would serve the leader till the end of my days. When Blzestar is not active, I would take her place, but not her name. I am very loyal & intelligent. I would not go into ba<_>ttle when she is not here. I would be fair with all. That is why I think I should be deputy. <br> Thank you. <br> ~IceFlare