Friday, 6 November 2015

Burn Girl by Mandy Mikulencak

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Albert Whitman & Company and NetGalley.
Burn Girl
Blurb (from Goodreads):
A meth lab explosion leaves Arlie permanently scarred — both physically and emotionally. Yet, she develops the street smarts and survival skills to keep her addict mother out of the reach of the law and hidden from her stepfather, Lloyd, the man responsible for the explosion that killed three people.
Shortly after Arlie’s 16th birthday, her mother overdoses, forcing an end to their nomadic lives. Social services steps in and rules suddenly exist where none had before. Soon, she’s living in a 31-foot Airstream trailer with an eccentric uncle and attending high school for the first time.
While her facial scar makes it hard to fit in, Arlie begins to think a normal life might be possible – that is, until her stepfather tracks her down and insists she return drug money her mother had stolen. A final confrontation tests Arlie’s idea of right and wrong, and how far she’s willing to go to protect her new life.

Burn Girl by Mandy Mikulencak

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Burn Girl “I’d like to report a death,” I said. “My mother’s.”

This was an okay story, but I lost interest.

Arlie lost a lot in this book, not only had she got permanent scars on her face from a fire in a meth lab, but she also had to cope with the death of her mother, and the threat of her step-father finding her. Finding your mother’s dead body can’t be easy for anybody, so I did feel for Arlie.

“Don’t you see you’re not wanted here? You should have died in that fire. That way we wouldn’t have to look at you.”

The storyline in this followed Arlie after her mother’s death, as she met her maternal uncle, and tried to avoid her step-father who seemed to be out to get her. I found the whole thing quite slow though, and I really lost interest.
There was a bit of romance, but I didn’t really appreciate that either.

“You said you’d keep us safe.”

The ending to this was okay, and I was glad that Arlie’s Step-father got what was coming to him. I think other people may enjoy this, but for me it was a bit of a miss.

6 out of 10

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