📚 Burn Girl by Mandy Mikulencak.
⚪️ Source: review copy courtesy of Albert Whitman & Company – thanks!
⚪️ Blurb: Arlie’s face was disfigured by burns when her stepfather’s meth lab exploded. After that, Arlie discovered the street smarts and survival skills she needed to shelter her addict mother, since the law and Lloyd, her deranged stepfather, are both looking for them. People died in the explosion and everyone wants answers. But Arlie’s carefully constructed world is ripped apart when her mother commits suicide shortly after Arlie’s sixteenth birthday. Now she can no longer remain hidden. Social Services steps in and before Arlie can make sense of anything, she is following the rules, going to school, and living in a thirty-one-foot Airstream trailer with an eccentric uncle she didn’t even know she had. Then she meets a boy who doesn’t care about her scars or her past. Just when she begins to think a normal life might be possible, Lloyd shows up. He’s looking for the drug money he insists Arlie’s mother stole. Will Arlie be able to shield her uncle and her boyfriend from Lloyd? Did Lloyd somehow play a role in her mother’s death? And can she get rid of him once and for all before her world blows apart again?
⚪️ Review: Sometimes books are hard to read because they are so heartbreaking. They take you to places and into situations that you never ever thought would be possible. They open up your eyes, your heart, your mind, your spirit, they lock you into the pages with the pulling of your emotions, and when you finish they stay with you in your heart. Burn Girl with its constant struggle, heartache, danger and utter fabulousness is one of those books.
With fast, sharp and empathetic writing. An intense plot so deep, and horrifying. And, a heroine at only sixteen years old who is stronger than you could ever be, Burn Girl is certainly something so very, very special. I fell headfirst into destruction and a life that was so hard and with so little, but I was soothed by friendship, truth, love and the courage of one very special girl.
⚪️ Book Details:
Publsher: AW Teens
Publication date: 01/09/2015
Book length: 288 pages
⚪️ Author Details: Mandy Mikulencak has been a writer her entire working life. First, as a journalist then as an editor and PR specialist for two national nonprofits and a United Nations agency. Today she lives in the mountains of Southwest Colorado with her husband, Andy. She writes YA and adult fiction.