Now badly scarred, Francis relies on his best friend Trig to protect him from the constant bullying doled out at the hands of his nemesis, Brandon Hayley-the unrelenting boy who gave him the dreaded nickname of Burn Baby.
The new girl at school, Rachel Higgins, is the first to see past Francis's pariah-inducing scars.
If Brandon's bullying doesn't destroy him, Francis might experience life as a normal teenager for the first time in his life. He just has to avoid Brandon and convince himself he's worthy of Rachel's attentions.
Sounds easy enough, but Francis himself has a hard time seeing past his scars. And Brandon is getting violently frustrated, as his attempts to bully Francis are constantly thwarted.
Francis is in turmoil as he simultaneously rushes toward his first kiss and a possible violent end.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
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The thing with this book is that it is very realistic and true. Francis has been left with horrific scars at the hands of his abusive father. Going through life with them and being called Burn Baby by the school bully does nothing to help his self-esteem. No one hates how he looks more than Francis, himself. He is immature for being 17, but that is understandable because of the life he has been dealt. But, with a best friend who is extremely protective, the best friend’s girlfriend who treats him like a regular friend and the new girl at school who sees past the scars to the boy inside, Francis is so much more than the scars. The simplicity of the writing is what makes this book so good. The focus is not on the words, but on the feelings and life of Francis. He is a teenager, but not your typical 17 year old. His is immature, but acts out and tries to act older than he is whenever he can. He does not hide behind his best friend, Trig, but tries to talk Trig out of standing up to the school bully because he just wants things left alone. But, this book has a sadness inside that pulls at the reader’s heartstrings. All I can say is read it to find out, because it won’t be a disappointment. *Copy provided for review.
I haven’t read the synopsis for Burn Baby. Or maybe I have and it was just so long ago that I forgot about it before I actually started the book. But, judging from the cover and title, even the chapter headers. It looks like a sizzling romance. It mislead me, but I loved where it went nonetheless. You know what, I’m not the best at analyzing ones writing. I purely judge the writing on how it tells the story, how I was comfortable with it. I must say it worked with the story and POV well and I was comfortable. That is good. The plot was well run through. I always wanted to read more and more on France’s story. It was one to tell. Burn Baby had me on edge, curious about the past and curiouser about the near-future. There were twists that I didn’t see coming which altogether made it more interesting. I have a hidden love for books about severely troubled teens, and Burn Baby satisfied that love. We had a small handful of characters, each of them was so interesting to read about, I consecutively wanted to know more about them. Francis is a casual teen who is insecure and lets himself be at the punching bag, but he has smarts and a really troubled past. France’s past was mixed in well with the present. Paul and Simon were France’s half-brothers who are also twins. They were the true highlight of the story, making it a thousand times more adorable. Rachel is the romantic interest. Surprisingly enough, she wasn’t the main thing about the book. Rachel was a great figure none the less. There are more characters I came to love. My only disappointment in this book is that we never knew Brandon’s motives for taking so much of his time to treat Francis in such a crude way. Rachel hinted about problems at home, then he almost went gay by the end. It annoys me that we don’t know. Burn Baby, Burn Baby was a really short novel which only took me about a day to finish. It’s definitely one to pick up if you’re into the genre or just need a contemporary pick-me-up for your reading slump. Thank you Net Galley and Kevin Craig for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.