Review ~ Burn Girl by Mandy Mikulencak

25335399Title: Burn Girl

Author: Mandy Mikulencak

Published by: Albert Whitman & Company; September 1, 2015

Format/Source: E-Arc provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3 Stars

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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.

My Review:

Arlie is 16 and on the run with her mother who is a drug addict. They are hiding from Arlie’s stepfather Lloyd, who is responsible for the meth lab explosion that left Arlie permanently scarred, physically and mentally. This book was okay. I enjoyed the writing and the story, but I didn’t love the main character.

Arlie’s mother overdoses and Arlie discovers that she has an uncle, that she’d never heard of. She is given the chance to finally have a somewhat normal life. She has a place to live, she gets to go to school with her best friend, and there’s even a guy that’s interested in her. She’s even seeing a therapist and things are starting to look up, and her guard starts to come down.

Everything’s going okay and then Lloyd shows up and threatens everything Arlie cares about. He says her mother stole money from him and he’s there to collect. Arlie isn’t used to having people who care about her, so she decides to try and deal with the situation herself. She thinks only of herself and not the people around her, who actually care about her.

This was my biggest problem with Arlie. One second she was making progress with her uncle and then tries to take on all of her problems by herself. I found myself getting very frustrated with her.

Overall, I actually enjoyed this book. It was slightly frustrating, but it was a quick read and it was interesting.

Happy Reading!


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