Burnout | book review


Title: Burnout
Author: Adrienne Maria Vrettos
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: September 2011
Rating: 2.5 stars

Nan wakes up the day after Halloween on a subway bus seat, having no memory of the past 24 hours. Scared, confused, sick, and wearing a bad costume and face paint, she struggles to remember what went wrong. Her days of blackouts and memory loss were supposed to be over after going to rehab. So what happened?

This YA novel was a very fast read. It felt like I had only sat down reading for 30 minutes and was already halfway through the book. It’s only about 200 pages, but the writing is fast, and even though some of the book seems slow-paced, it won’t take you very long to read. Although a quick read, the writing isn’t necessarily rushed, like some have criticized. I actually thought the writing was decent. Even through the slow, somewhat boring parts, it was well-written. The chapters alternate between present-day and flashbacks. The first three-fourths of the book is kind of slow, whereas the last fourth is fast because finally Nan is solving the mystery of what happened.

Honestly, Nan kind of irritated me. She made a lot of dumb decisions when she could have easily fixed things a lot faster had she gotten help immediately. But, of course, if she would have done that, there wouldn’t have been a novel.

If you’re looking for a fast YA read, this one isn’t too bad. The Ohio Digital Library didn’t have it, so unfortunately I had to spend 9 bucks on it, which it isn’t really worth, so I recommend trying to find it at your local library. But hey, if you’re really into quick reads about teenage alcoholism and blackout adventures, go ahead and buy it, because you’ll probably really enjoy it.

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