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The Burning

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The Burning lights a fire in you - one that makes you want to fight for change and ignite sparks in others so the fire spreads and spreads. This is a book teen girls NEED to read.’ Laura writes regularly for the Guardian, Independent and TIME among others. She was the recipient of the Georgina Henry Women in Journalism award for Innovation at the 2015 British Press Awards.

The Burning | Book by Laura Bates | Official Publisher Page

When I first heard Laura Bates was writing a YA novel, I was so excited to read it. I loved her feminist non-fiction books, Everyday Sexism and Girl Up, and I was sure The Burning was going to be incredible, too! Unfortunately, it left me a little disappointed.

I think i loved this book so much because the author made the characters and their situations feel so real, my heart really went out to these girls. The compelling YA debut from Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and bestselling author of Girl Up. Anna was drawn to Robin, a boy in one of her class, but I love how the story didn't center around their love interest or relationship. I'm especially glad that the author didn't turn the story around and make the main character a helpless young lady who needed to be saved by a boy or by love, but instead showed strong female character traits in both Anna and her mum towards the end when handling the situation.

The Burning by Laura Bates – Review – Life With All The Books The Burning by Laura Bates – Review – Life With All The Books

And does this kind of moving and heartbreaking story really need supernatural elements to attract readers’ attention. Nope! I don’t think so.This powerful young adult novel by the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project is a necessary book every young adult needs. Purtroppo, il passato ritorna e i problemi che pensava di essersi lasciata alle spalle nel Maine tornano a tormentare la sua nuova vita, causando ancora una volta scompiglio e vergogna.

The Burning by Laura Bates | Goodreads The Burning by Laura Bates | Goodreads

I'm not ashamed of my body. I'm ashamed of the way my body was treated by everybody else. I'm not embarrassed because it's sexual. I'm embarrassed because it's being used in a way I didn't agree to." Anna and her mother have moved hundreds of miles to put the past behind them. Anna hopes to make a fresh start and escape the harassment she’s been subjected to. But then rumors and whispers start, and Anna tries to ignore what is happening by immersing herself in a history project about Maggie, a local woman accused of witchcraft in the seventeenth century". The author uses real and explicit language to emphasise what bullying in this era is actually like. I’m used to hearing language like this and have become desensitized to it because it is so common. I liked the way there was no filter as it feels more like a real-life setting.

This is an important story, the ending was strong and empowering. I would consider this also a book that is essential for parents of teens to read as well, the story told from Anna's perspective really emphasises the damage and misery one action can cause. The snowball effect of destruction is shown in a very true and realistic way. I received this eProof for free from Simon & Schuster Children's Books via NetGalley for the purposes of providing an honest review.

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