Thursday, January 27, 2022

#BookReview: The Burning by Laura Bates

Synopsis: An Amazon Best Book of the Month!

What happens when you can’t run or hide from a mistake that goes viral? 

This powerful young adult novel by the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project is a necessary book every young adult needs.

A rumor is like fire. And a fire that spreads online... is impossible to extinguish.

New school. Check. 
New town. Check. 
New last name. Check. 
Social media profiles? Deleted.

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 learning about Maggie, a local woman accused of witchcraft in the seventeenth century. A woman who was shamed. Silenced. And whose story has unsettling parallels to Anna's own. 

From Laura Bates, internationally renowned feminist and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, comes a realistic fiction story for the #metoo era. It's a powerful call to action, reminding all readers of the implications of sexism and the role we can each play in ending it.


Rating: 3 Stars
My Review: This book was full of very deep and dark topics and for the most part it did a good job with brining those to light. But it also felt very messy.  I didn't really care for the characters and in parts it felt like I was reading a non fiction story. Overall, I would say if you are going to check this one out I would see if the library has it. 


"A painfully realistic, spellbinding novel." - Shelf Awareness

"Emotionally charged...powerful." - Booklist

"A haunting rallying cry against sexism and bullying." - Kirkus Reviews

"In The Burning, Bates challenges us all to think deeply and critically about a lot of issues surrounding teen girls... Definitely recommended." - Teen Librarian Toolbox

"Bates's powerful debut roars with feminist themes and #MeToo awareness... A smart, explosive examination of gender discrimination and its ramifications." - Publishers Weekly

"Very powerful." - School Library Connection

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