Title: Burn Baby, Burn Baby
Author: Kevin Craig
Release date: December 11rd 2014
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
Rating: 5 stars
*Thank you to Curiosity Quills Press for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.
Seventeen-year-old Francis Fripp’s confidence is practically non-existent since his abusive father drenched him in accelerant and threw a match at him eight years ago. Now badly scarred, Francis relies on his best friend Trig to protect him from the constant bullying doled out at the hands of his nemesis, Brandon Hayley—the unrelenting boy who gave him the dreaded nickname of Burn Baby.
The new girl at school, Rachel Higgins, is the first to see past Francis’s pariah-inducing scars. If Brandon’s bullying doesn’t destroy him, Francis might experience life as a normal teenager for the first time in his life. He just has to avoid Brandon and convince himself he’s worthy of Rachel’s attentions. Sounds easy enough, but Francis himself has a hard time seeing past his scars. And Brandon is getting violently frustrated, as his attempts to bully Francis are constantly thwarted. Francis is in turmoil as he simultaneously rushes toward his first kiss and a possible violent end.
I FOUND IT. I FINALLY FOUND IT.
A young adult contemporary novel told from a completely normal guy’s point of view with a wicked sense of sarcasm. Okay, its bad sarcasm, like completely negative sarcasm but hey, you can’t blame Francis!
(Actually, I am pretty sure some of you would cry when you read Burn Baby, Burn Baby.)
I like the unique way the novel started out. It’s an idea I’ve never seen before in any other novels and I think it’s really cool!
Burn Baby, Burn Baby is a novel that highlights a victim’s thoughts of something so cruel being done to him, that he almost refuse to believe anything good that would come to him. Others turn a blind eye when they see him being bullied just because of his scars, and he accepts it.
His best friend, Trig, is one hot-blooded teenager who kind of make himself Francis’ guardian angel and stands up for him but Francis, he just sort of accept whatever that is being thrown at him. That was the part that make me really heartbroken for Francis. It’s as if…he has given up on feeling anything! *wails*
That, and I am completely pissed off, like fly-off-the-handle pissed off, with…with EVERYONE! *growls*
(Yes, I am actually growling right now because damn, I’m angry!)
Angry with the characters, not the author. I believe the author is really talented because he is able to write such characters out. The characters are so real and scarily realistic in real life that when I feel angry, it is because I don’t understand why they do the things they do.
It’s like how sometimes in real life, you can’t fathom the reasons why people do the things they or why they feel the need to be this way. Then again, life does give you surprises. For Francis, it came in the form of Rachel Higgins.
Can I just say what an adorable pair they are? Rachel is such a sunshine and she would be the first step for Francis to recover his own confidence. They are so cute together and yes, I ship them. A lot.
Just when you think everything is going well…(authors always have a surprise for you!)
THAT LAST PART OF THE STORY.
Let me just give you a kind warning. When you read the synopsis of Burn Baby, Burn Baby, that last sentence, ‘Francis is in turmoil as he simultaneously rushes toward his first kiss and a possible violent end’, do take the words ‘A POSSIBLE VIOLENT END’ literally.
Highly recommended for those who would like to read about how a broken person with a wicked sense of negativity-filled sarcasm puts the pieces back into his life and also, to those who would like to give young adult contemporary novels a try!