Burn Baby, Burn Baby
By Kevin Craig
Blurb: 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.
Genres: Young Adult Realistic Fiction
Publication Date: December 11, 2014
My Rating: 2 stars
I'm not really sure where to start with Burn Baby, Burn Baby. It definitely wasn't my type of book; I'll cut it some slack because trust me, this is not the kind of book I usually like to read. It may have been labeled at YA, but this is definitely more like New Adult. Still, even if it had been a completely YA type of story, I really doubt I would have loved it. There were just too many flaws.
The first thing that really caught my attention while reading is Trig. He was painted to be the ultimate friend, but he's a total scumbag to his girlfriend, and so no matter how brotherly he was to Francis, I hated him. Francis says at one point that Trig is borderline abusive to his girlfriend, Georgia, and I agree. It's not a healthy relationship whatsoever, and it disgusted me.
The second thing was the instalove. It doesn't feel as bad as some insta-love, because there are no lusty fireworks, but it still happens way quicker than any normal relationship. I want to know what originally attracted Rachel to Francis. I want a longer period of time between first words and first kisses. I don't want whatever the heck this is.
Francis is a total hormonal teenage boy, as was Trig, and it got kind of bleh after like two pages. I'm glad that the author actually painted him as a realistic teenage boy, because a lot of guys in YA do not remind me at all of any of the boys I go to school with, but almost every single sentence during the beginning of this story had to do with how hot a girl was or something.
Besides that, I didn't feel like I got to know him as much as I should of. Like, give me more about his Shakespeare obsession. Or his thing with making movies. Or his relationship with his mother. We got some interesting facts about him, but they never got elaborated on.
The ending...I don't know, I just felt like it escalated really quickly from the previous tone of the book. Like REAAAAAAAAALLLY quickly. I honestly had no idea how to handle it.
I didn't like this one very much at all. It seems I am the one of the only people that feels this way, but I really disliked Burn Baby. It's not something I would ever consider reading again.