Burn Baby Burn

Burn Baby Burn

by Meg Medina


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“Medina holds nothing back. . . . A devastatingly intense story, this work is a must-have for all collections.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

Meg Medina transports readers to a time when New York seemed balanced on a knife-edge, with tempers and temperatures running high: the infamous summer of 1977, when the city is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam who shoots young women on the streets. Seventeen-year-old Nora Lopez’s family life isn’t going so well, either. Before she turns eighteen and can strike out on her own, Nora will discover that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit — and the hardest to accept.

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ISBN-13: 9781536200270
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 112,575
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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Burn Baby Burn 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meg Medina’s Burn Baby Burn follows the life of Nora Lopez, a teenager growing up in the 1970s in New York. Nora Lopez experiences the life of a young adult in a city of turmoil, facing hardships such as dealing with her abusive brother Hector, deciding whether to go to college, and facing rumors of a serial killer who targets young couples like Nora and her boy friend Pablo. Overall, Medina did a great job in engaging the readers in Nora’s life. Medina describes Nora’s experiences in great details, such as the description of Hector’s intense rage and violent outbursts at Mima and her when he does not find the money that he wants; the scene clearly relays the fear of the situation Nora is in to the reader. Another example of Medina’s excellent description is when she captures the anxiety of Nora and Kathleen when they sprint in the dark from the bus to their homes, worried about being caught by the serial killer. Medina explores many important themes such as feminism, domestic abuse, and education as well, making this a great read for anyone interested in the novel.
mdemanatee More than 1 year ago
Nora Lopez is coming of age in New York City in the summer of 1977. It’s a summer of boiling weather and not much in the way of relief. It’s the summer before Nora leaves to start a new life. And now there’s a serial killer, Son of Sam, on the loose and petrifying the citizens of NYC. If those were the least of her worries. The rent is overdue, and while her mother does her best, her absentee father often forgets them for his new life with a new family. She’s got teacher’s on her case to turn in college applications. She has an increasingly violent brother. Does she even have time for the cute new boy at work? And when the blackout off ’77 happens, everything comes to a head. This was one of my most anticipated YA books of 2016, and it did not let me down. It was a unique historical fiction that brought attention to many things that often get the back burner in fiction. The blackout and the serial killer were the draw here for me. But not why I stayed, which is best, as these two things are setting. they ensure the frenzy of the external matches the frenzy of Nora’s internal. This book addresses the idea that abuse can come in different forms–that children can abuse parents, and their siblings. I have never seen this addressed in fiction. My mother, who is a teacher, has told me stories of similar circumstances, stories that break both of our hearts. And Nora’s brother often terrified me. It was good to see this issue addressed, but also to show Nora as a complete person outside of these circumstances, a young woman who must make an ultimate decision about what is best for her family. She’s pretty dang strong and awesome that Nora (also, she’s the best in wood shop). The characters in here were great. The activist who lived downstairs from the Lopez family, because oh right, there were about a billion political movements happening at this time too. But this character is grounded in wanting to help, whether it be protecting Nora’s family’s tenant rights (even if Nora’s mother doesn’t want the trouble) or marching for the women’s movement. I also loved Nora’s boss at the bodega. Medina really gets the idea of community in this novel. And seeing that community, it’s easier to understand why Nora’s mother may hide so many of their family’s problems out of a sense of shame. Feel free to read this one while blasting your best disco playlist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nora's strength blew me away. I’ve always thought strong female protagonists are females who fight, who voice their opinions loudly, who don’t take one iota of crap from anyone. Women like Stiller, Nora’s protest loving neighbor. But Nora’s different. She doesn't fight. She doesn't confront. She possesses a quiet strength that helps her survive a negligent Papi, a traditional Mima, a violent brother who verbally and physically abuses the women of the household (Nora included), and a city lit by fire and gripped with fear over the Son of Sam serial killer. Nora was strong for her family throughout the novel. By the end, she realizes she needs to be strong for herself. In the strictest interpretations Burn Baby Burn is considered Young Adult Historical Fiction, but really it’s timeless. The issues Nora faces happen today. They will happen tomorrow. They will happen forever. Burn Baby Burn is a coming of age for every generation.
AMP2 More than 1 year ago
Excellent read.