Burn for Burn by Jenny HanBurn for Burn by Jenny Han

Burn for Burn

byJenny Han, Siobhan Vivian

Paperback | August 6, 2013

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Payback is paradise in this start to a trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge.

KAT is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend.

LILLIA has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she’s going to put a stop to it.

MARY is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who’s responsible has yet to get what’s coming to him.

None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together…anything is possible.

With an alliance in place, there will be no more “I wish I’d said…” or “If I could go back and do things differently...” These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.
Jenny Han was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned an MFA in writing for children at New School University. She lives in New York City.
Title:Burn for BurnFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:August 6, 2013Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442440767

ISBN - 13:9781442440760

Appropriate for ages: 14


Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book ! I loved this book and am so excited to read the other 2 books !
Date published: 2019-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from DRAMAAAA look... if there's anything i hate, it's those typical dramatic books about stereotypical/cliche teenagers... but this book (although it was all those things) had me HOOKED. it definitely has a slow start and i didn't find myself very intrigued until about 60% of the way in. BUT when i finished the book i just had to pick up the second one to find out what happened. i still find that the characters can be a bit one dimensional, which I've noticed in jenny han's books before (i honestly don't know what authors wrote what bits & i've never read siobhan vivians books before so all i have knowledge on is jenny han) so i disliked that bit. i would have liked a bit more showing instead of telling (typical jenny han) but i do think it's a big progress from the summer i turned pretty trilogy!!
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Got me hooked Alright, this book was filled with every ridiculous high school stereotype ever, and is so unrealistic. However, I am hooked so I guess that really didn't matter.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This is a perftect beginning to a thrilling trilogy. It starts off simple and the next thing you know you have been sucked in to an amazing and unique plot with surprises at every corner. Once you've finished Burn for Burn you'll be dying to get your hands on Fire with Fire!
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Series It's so easy to fall in love with the characters in these books. I think they did an amazing job at ending the trilogy and I am so sad that it is over. I read all the books in a week because I could not put them down. If you like The Summer I Turned Pretty books, you will love these!
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This was good It seemed like all teen drama but then there was just a few times where odd things happened, which might make the book not teen fiction, but perhaps thriller.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good book Very good, but the teen drama was a little exxagrated.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smells like Revenge I really liked this book and series- it keeps you guessing as to what is going on and what will happen. I got mild Pretty Little Liar vibes- it's a classic teen revenge story with a twist. Really fun read.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I thought that this book was great! I loved how it wasn't predictable and the characters were very realistic!
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Burn for Burn I really liked that I was constantly unsure of whose side I was on, the characters, whether the alleged good guys, or alleged bad guys, were all complicated. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Wasn't quite as epic as I was expecting, but the characters were realistic and well developed. It does a good job at showing how not everything turns out the way you want it to, and how some people are not what they seem. May continue the series.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1) A novel about revenge! Three girls conspire to finally punish High School’s most popular, meanest teens who have hurt them all in the past. . I definitely want! What I really liked though is how a sort of bond formed among these three girls who were once just strangers to each other.I couldn’t stop laughing, but definitely not at the sad fate of those who deserved it but on the way the three girls plan and execute their revenge. I also like that the story is told in the perspectives of the three girls, Mary, Kat and Lilia. You get to see how distinct each of their mind works and you get to know each of them more closely and relatably. And that ending is crazy! Did Mary just go all Carrie on the party?! I have to find out.That was really refreshing and entertaining.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it! This isn't the typical revenge story. I loved that the book wasn't predictable and i loved that the book is written in three different povs.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So addicting! I loved this book! It was so good, I went right out to pick up the second one because I couldn't wait to read it!
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Great book, very entertaining! Could not stop reading it, devouring page by page. Not your classic revenge story!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great introduction A great opener to the trilogy. Not your average revenge story
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from review I liked this series. I enjoyed having three different POVs.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This is mean girls at it's finest, and this is honestly what I was hoping for from The Pretty Little Liars books. The revenge plot in this book is brilliant, and dauntingly scary, and Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian prove that they're an unbeatable writing team in this amazing novel.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good good plot and idea. best book of the trilogy
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Very good, quick and light read! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the first novel I thought the first novel was great - i didn't really enjoy the rest of the series but I loved the first one and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a light read.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life This book is all about the revenge with the stereotypical high school drama thrown in. I'm not a big one for revenge books but Burn for Burn is pretty engrossing and fast paced that it kept me flipping the pages. I pretty much read it in one sitting. We're given three different POV's; Lillia, the popular princess type, Kat, the outcast but I don't give a shit type and Mary, the shy new girl. Obviously all very different girls who's social standing wouldn't normally see them interacting. But a few chance encounters bring them together. All three are angry and out to spread their wraith on these unsuspecting school mates. Each girl has a very different and distinct voice. I may not have been a massive fan of Lillia but it didn't stop me from speeding through her chapters just as fast as the Kat and Mary's. Each girl has a person their revenge plan is targeted at and you really do hate that person for what they've done to whichever girl. But as the story goes on and there's more interactions between the different girls with their target you start to doubt their reasoning for getting revenge. Or maybe it was just me and being easily swayed based on actions. Hell I changed my mind constantly on whether the revenge was warranted or not. I think fans of Mean Girls will find this right up their alley. With the added bonus of a hint of magical realism that I'm hoping will make more of an appearance in the sequel.
Date published: 2015-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A clever and perfectly paced book on the lengths people will go to for revenge with a surprise twist that you won't see coming. - Nova @ Out of Time Burn for Burn has the premise of three very different girls who want revenge. Somehow, what they want all tie together and they end up working with each other to defeat what is almost a common enemy. What really stuck out to me was the way Han and Vivian wrote the characters. Each character had their own distinct personality which is so vital as the story is told between three first person point of views. I felt most of the characters really come to life! But I do have a problem with 2/3 of the main characters which made me a little iffy. Lillia: didn't really get along with me. I really disliked her even though she isn't a nasty person. There's just something about her that screams Mary Sue, plus, she's judgmental and then gets upset when she's judged. Even though I found acceptance of her by the end of the book, she was honestly so annoying for about half of it. Mary: fell flat in comparison to the other two. This might've been done on purpose because Lillia and Kat were definitely the dominant part of the story. However, with the way it ended, I suspect that Mary will definitely have her turn in the spotlight. Kat: is the only character I wholeheartedly liked. She related to me a lot in her attitude and her thirst for revenge. I also really love that she's still a lot mysterious even though so much as already been revealed. If I had to pick a favorite, Kat would win by a landslide. Everything other than this was great! I really enjoyed the pacing because it wasn't too slow and it wasn't too fast. The writing was easy to read and had a natural flow to it. It also made for a really quick read! I felt like I read it in such a short span of time, even though it's still very much memorable. Plus, let's not forget that the plot is sheer genius. I enjoyed reading the acts of revenge so much! Some of them were more cliche than others, but the execution was professional, exciting and made me feel like I was reading it for the first time. Overall, it's a great story with three characters that have developed and are still developing. I'm so excited to read the rest of this trilogy and don't make the same mistakes I did by putting this story off. Read it soon!
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A welcome surprise This book follows three contrasting characters with one thing in common: they have all been burned and are craving revenge. Kat, a punk-rock type who is more than a little tough; Lillia a privileged rich girl; and Mary, an emotionally damaged girl with a hidden past. As someone who lacks an appreciation for realistic fiction (which I had presumed this was) I found myself pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Even though I didn't particularly like everything about these characters I was rooting for them along the way. The characters are brilliantly written, exposing their flaws to the reader as well as the fears that many high school students have. It had a simple, uncomplicated plot with a hint of supernatural incorporated within. The ending left me longing for the sequel. A quick and easy read.
Date published: 2014-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a fun read....good for beach or weekend read some reviews saying it's really good. was a bit skeptical because the last few times i trusted reviews. the book was bad. no han's new series- it's a great weekend or beach read. you will zip through in no time. i stayed on sat night till 2am to finish the last quarter- no regrets pros - good characters (as the reader i actually liked all 3- i prefer lilla though) - story is pretty easy, nothing complicated, typical YA writing - what is actually going on here? something supernatural? - 3 girls from different social classes coming together- team work - some truths are revealed, which gives closure on an issue - the characters really do deserve payback - revenge is good!! cons - reminds me a mix of teen movies- jawbreaker, carrie, heathers, she's the one (a little is taken from an assortment of movies) - a little complexity to the plot is preferable waiting for 2nd book later this year. definitely interested to see what happens. has a cliffhanger ending.
Date published: 2013-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Way Better Then Expected! So at first i was hesitant to read Burn For Burn. It seemed like a relatively boring book, with nothing really that intriguing. But i am so glad i picked this book up, because it's so different from what i had expected. Three very different girls are brought together because of one thing; they all want revenge on someone who hurt them. Lillia wants to get back on her guy friend who is hitting on her sister because she knows first hand how much trouble boys can be. Kat holds a long-time grudge against her ex-best friend, who practically ruined her life. But now she wants to get even. And Mary has just moved back to Jar Island, and is not the same girl she was before she left. And the guy who destroyed everything should watch his back, because now that shes back, she's going to get even. I absolutely loved the characters! Kat intrigued me, and was definitely her own person. Mary, the soft-spoken, reserved one in their group, is the most relatable. And Lillia is... well, at first, i couldn't stand her. Part of the popular crowd, taking advantage of the attention guys give her to get what she wants. But she slowly grew on me, and i have to admit, she is perfect for this part. I enjoyed the flashbacks that tell readers more about their past, and how everything gets so complicated as the book goes on. Each girl has their own reason for revenge, and I especially appreciated Mary's story. The writing is simple and easy to read, and the cover captures each girl's personality very well. As much as i love the ending, just how they finished it off was kind of... crappy. I dont know, I loved everything leading up to the final chapter, but the actual final words of the book was a disappointment. Nevertheless, I am still going to read the next book! There is also a... I dont want to say supernatural element, but it was something like that. Small, not that big of a deal, but at the same time, a big part of the book. (I know I'm probably not making any sense but whatever.) Anyway, I liked it, but at the same time I didn't. It was like the authors were trying too hard to get people to like this book. It's good, but it kind of takes away from the overall storyline. Burn For Burn is a highly recommended book, filled with laughs, relatable teenage moments, and utterly and captivating characters and events. I could picture everything that was going on. Definitely a great book!!
Date published: 2013-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Burn Baby Burn I can't even...how is this book so awesome? I am boggled by the awesomeness. I knew this book would be good, fantastic even. But I didn’t think I would love it THIS much. I’m saying it up front; this was one of my favourite books I’ve read this year. It was so deliciously twisted. I loved every vengeful page of it. I think the best word to describe this book is wicked. Wicked plot, wicked revenge and wicked characters in the very best way. Kat is an out-spoken, in-your-face character that doesn’t take anything negative without giving some in return. And I loved that about her. She is a bad girl that has every right to be that way, and every reason to seek revenge. She had a softer side behind all the bravado, a side that had been damaged and hurt by those around her. It was really interesting to see the contrast! Lillia I had mixed feelings about. Sometimes I just wanted to shake her, and others just give her a hug. I loved how protective she was of her sister, but I also wanted her to stand up for herself. Mary was such a sweet girl, with such a tragic past. I was livid about how she was treated, and wanted her tormentors to pay for what they had done. And those tormentors? Well, they were some nasty characters. Reeve, the egotistical, popular jock got under my skin from his first words. This was a guy who needed to be put in check, and these gals were exactly the ones to do it. Then there was, ugh, Rennie. I completely understand these girls wanting to get revenge on this vile girl. She was entitled, cruel, and vicious sitting high up on her pedestal. In short: she was the epitome of a mean girl. And she had a fall coming to her. I actually loved the plot of this book. Three girls getting revenge on those who’ve wronged them? That is the start of a fantastic story. I felt almost giddy with anticipation when reading this book. I knew it was leading up to something huge, something bad, and I was dying to know what it would be. It was odd how physical my reaction was to this book. I flitted between laughter, complete anger (which involved shaking the book), shock, and excitement. I was bouncing in place at some points! This book was a complete guilty pleasure, and one I can’t wait to read again and again. Revenge mixed with wicked gals and a suspenseful plot: that’s what Burn for Burn is. Everyone’s had those vengeful thoughts, and this book speaks straight to them. I loved it, and I think you will too. - Ciara (Lost at Midnight)
Date published: 2012-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Revenge Has Never Been So Sweet When I first heard that Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian would be co-writing a trilogy together, I must have squealed out loud. I absolutely loved reading Jenny Han's Summer series and Siobhan Vivian's Not That Kind of Girl, so there was no way I could contain my excitement for Burn for Burn. And you know what? The book absolutely lived up to my expectations! A traumatic event forced Mary to leave Jar Island several years ago, but she's found the courage to finally return. She's a very sweet and gentle person, obviously still scarred by her past, and it really did break my heart learning what really happened to her. But now that she's back, Mary's not going to let anyone hurt her that way again. Kat may have a tough girl exterior, but it masks the hurt she feels inside when girls like her ex-best friend, Rennie, throw insults at her. She's not afraid to sharply retaliate with words, but there's only so much a girl can take before she cracks, and this time, Kat has greater plans in mind to make others pay. Then there's Lillia– pretty, rich and popular, it would appear she has everything going for her. However, Lillia's not happy about the person she's become lately, and finds it harder and harder to relate with her circle of so-called friends. She's also protective of her younger sister, and doesn't want her to make the same mistakes she has. Out of the three girls, I think I felt the most mixed feelings for Lillia. She's been friends with Rennie for awhile now, but it's not always obvious to her that it really does appear Rennie is only using her. I wanted Lillia to take more charge in her life, rather than following the whims of others... so I was happy to see her grow as a character as the novel progressed! When Mary, Kat, and Lillia are together, there's no need for any pretenses; they can be their true selves. The girls may form an uneasy alliance at first, but their emotional vulnerability and thirst for payback brings them closer together. While no one can know they're friends at school in order to avoid suspicion, you just know they'll have each other's backs when the time comes. Burn for Burn is deliciously dramatic, bringing out your inner dark to play as the three unlikely friends plan how to exact their revenge. A part of myself was taken aback by the delight I felt seeing their enemies in pain, but I shoved those thoughts aside because the anticipation of payback was too much fun. The ending of Burn for Burn is wickedly suspenseful, leaving me absolutely desperate to know what will happen next in Fire With Fire! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.ca/2012/11/burn-for-burn-by-jenny-han-siobhan.html
Date published: 2012-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A guilty pleasure to read! Th the joys of high school, full of cliques, and drama, and this time around revenge. The book takes place on Jar Island. a picture perfect area with four towns. The residents don't believe in locking their doors, and everyone trusts one another. We start off with Mary who comes back to Jar Island, for reasons that aren't explained right away so the mystery deepens. Then there's Lillia, the rich but not spoiled princess who wants nothing but to protect her little sister from making the same gruesome mistakes she made. Lastly, there's the strong yet hot-headed Kat who wants to get revenge at her ex best friend Rennie. These girls have been burned, and there's no one to stop them until they get their revenge. The girls each take a turn and voice their opinions. The reader is whipped back and forth from the past to the present, which I particularly didn't like. It wasn't confusing, it was just scattered. The authors do a great job writing together and it absolutely shows in their clever plot twists. The characters develop very fast and so does the plot. The setting is just perfect, and I can understand how the beautiful setting can be completely misleading. I didn't like how the book glossed over Lillia's problem. She was taken advantage of and it was like no big deal to her. How could you brush that off? I thought it was incredibly unrealistic. Miscommunication and assumptions are made and the girls just fight fire with fire, when it could have easily been solved just by talking. I guess that's why the teen years are for learning from your mistakes. And then there's Mary. who didn't have much of a personality..That is until the very end. The paranormal twist was surprising and one that I didn't see, so that was rather intriguing. It reminded me a lot of Carrie. (That movie creeped me out as a teen!) As soon as I heard what the plans were for Reeve, I knew it would badly. This is too horrible to imagine. I screamed at the characters "DON'T DO IT!" (Like the characters would listen..) Burn for Burn is an intense, and powerful read that mimics Gossip Girl and Mean Girls. It also ends on a cliffhanger ending, and I can't tolerate those because I need to know what happens!
Date published: 2012-09-27

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CHAPTER ONE LILLIA I’M SITTING ON MY BATHROOM COUNTER, TRYING TO remember what the makeup lady at Saks told me about how to do eyeliner on Asian eyes. Only . . . I can’t think straight. I think she said to wing it just the tiniest bit. I do my right eye first, and it looks okay. I’m finishing up my left eye when my little sister, Nadia, bangs on the door so loudly that I jump. “Lil! I need to take a shower!” she yells. “Lilli-uhh!” I pick up my hairbrush and then reach over and unlock the door. Nadia rushes in and turns on the water. She sits on the edge of the tub, in her big soccer T-shirt with her shiny black hair mussed up in the back and watches me brush my hair. “You look pretty,” she says, her voice scratchy with sleep. Do I? At least the outside is still the same. I keep brushing. Twenty-three, twenty-four, twenty-five, done. I brush my hair twenty-five strokes every morning. I’ve done it that way since I was little. Today will be like any other day. “But I thought you weren’t supposed to wear white after Labor Day,” Nadia adds. I look down at my sweater. It’s new—white cashmere, soft and snug. I’m wearing it with my white short shorts. “Nobody follows that rule anymore,” I tell her, hopping down from the counter. “Besides, this is winter white.” I swat at her butt with my hairbrush. “Hurry up and get in the shower.” “Do I have time to curl my hair before Rennie gets here?” she asks me. “No,” I say, closing the door behind me. “Five minutes.” Back in my room I start filling my brown saddlebag with my school things, like I’m on autopilot. My new pen and the leather planner my mom got me as a back-to-school gift. Lollies. Cherry ChapStick. I try to think if I’m forgetting something, but nothing comes to mind, so I grab my white espadrilles and head down the stairs. My mom is in the kitchen, wearing her robe and drinking an espresso. My dad bought her one of those fancy espresso machines for Christmas, and she makes a point of using it at least once a week, even though she prefers tea, and even though my dad is hardly ever at home to see her use it. He’s a doctor, the kind who does research. For as long as I can remember, he’s been working on some new drug to cure cancer. He spends part of the month working at a lab in Boston, and he gets sent all over the world to present his findings. He was on the cover of some science journal this summer. I forget the name of it. Gesturing to the plate of muffins, my mom says, “Sit down and eat before you go, Lilli. I got those sugary ones you love.” “Rennie will be here any minute,” I say. When I see the disappointed look on my mom’s face, I take a muffin and wrap it in a napkin. “I’ll eat it in the car.” Touching my hair, she says, “I can’t believe you’re a senior in high school. One more year and you’ll be away at college. My pretty girl is grown-up.” I look away. I guess I am grown-up now. “At least I still have my baby. Is Nadi getting ready?” I nod. “You have to look out for Nadi now that you’re at the same school. You know how she looks up to you, Lilli.” My mom squeezes my arm, and I swallow hard. I do have to look out for Nadia better. Not like how I did on Saturday night, when I left her at Alex’s party. She was with her friends, but still. I should have stayed. Rennie’s horn honks outside, and I stand up. “Nadia!” I yell. “Rennie’s here!” “Just one more minute!” Nadia shrieks back. I hug my mom and head for the garage door. “Take a muffin for Rennie,” she calls out as I close the door behind me. Rennie wouldn’t eat it anyway. She goes off carbs at the start of every cheerleading season. She only lasts about a month before she gives in, though. In the garage I slip on my espadrilles, and then I walk down the driveway to Rennie’s Jeep. “Nadia’s right behind me,” I say, climbing inside. Rennie leans over and hugs me good morning. Hug her back, I tell myself. And I do. “Your skin looks awesome against the white,” she says, eyeing me up and down. “I wish I could get as tan as you.” Rennie’s wearing tight jeans and an even tighter lacy scoop neck top, with a nude cami underneath. She’s so tiny, I can see her rib cage. I don’t think she’s wearing a bra. She doesn’t have to. She’s got a gymnast’s body. “You’re pretty tan too,” I say, clicking my seat belt. “Bronzer, baby.” She puts on her sunglasses and starts talking a mile a minute. “So here’s what I’m thinking for the next party. It came to me in a dream last night. The theme will be . . . Are you ready for this? The roaring twenties! The girls could wear flapper costumes with, like, a feather headpiece, and long beaded necklaces, and then the boys could wear zoot suits and fedoras. Hot, right?” “I don’t know,” I say, looking out the window. Rennie’s talking so fast and so much, it’s making my head pound. “The guys might not be into it. Where are they supposed to find that stuff on the island?” “Hello, it’s called the Internet!” Rennie taps her fingers on the steering wheel. “What’s taking Nadia so long? I want to get there before everybody else does so I can claim my parking spot for the year.” She presses her hand down on the horn—once, then twice. “Stop,” I say. “You’re going to wake up my neighbors.” “Oh, please. The closest house is, like, half a mile down the street.” Our front door flies open, and Nadia comes running down the steps. She looks tiny against our massive white house. It’s different from most of the other houses on the island—modern lines and lots of glass. My mom helped design it. It was originally our summer home, and then we moved to Jar Island for good before my freshman year. I was the one who begged to move here, to be with Rennie and my summer friends. My mom waves at us from the front door. I wave back. “So are you yay or nay on the twenties party?” Rennie asks me. I honestly don’t care, but I know my answer matters to her—which is why I feel like saying nay. But before I can, Nadia is at the car, her hair sopping wet. She’s got on her new jeans and the black top the three of us bought together when we went shopping back in July. That feels like forever ago. She climbs into the backseat. I twist around and say, “You should have dried your hair, Nadi. You know you always get colds when you go around with wet hair.” Breathlessly she says, “I was scared you guys would leave without me.” “We wouldn’t leave you!” Rennie cries, turning the wheel. “We’re your big sisters. We’ll always look out for you, honey bun.” Something nasty is on the tip of my tongue, and I swallow hard to keep from saying it. If I say it, we’ll never be the same again. Even worse than now. We pull around our circular driveway and down the road. “Cheerleading practice is at four,” Rennie reminds me, bouncing in her seat to the music. “Don’t be late. We need to evaluate the fresh meat. See what we’ve got to work with. Did you remember to bring your mini camcorder so we can tape them?” I open my bag and look, even though I know it’s not there. “I forgot.” “Lil! I wanted to evaluate them later tonight in HD.” Rennie lets out a grumbly sigh, like she’s disappointed in me. I shrug my shoulders. “We’ll deal.” That’s what we’re doing right now, isn’t it? Dealing? But Rennie’s clearly better at it than me. “Nadi, who’s the prettiest of all your friends?” Rennie asks. “Patrice,” Nadia says. Rennie makes a left, and we pass the small rental cottages that populate Canobie Bluffs. I focus on one in particular. There’s a caretaker outside closing it up for the season, now that it’s empty. I think it’s Reeve’s dad. He’s bolting the shutters on the first floor windows. He hasn’t gotten to the master bedroom yet. Those ones are still wide open. I turn my head away, and out of the corner of my eye, I look at Rennie. Just to see if she has noticed it too. But there’s nothing there—no recognition, no alarm, nothing. “Nadi, you’re so much prettier than Patrice. FYI, I’m only taking the cream of the crop for the varsity squad,” Rennie says. “Let me know if there’s anyone you want to cheer for, and I’ll hook it up.” Immediately Nadia says, “Alex. Can I cheer for Alex?” Rennie gasps. “Ooh! You better ask your sister. He’s her boy toy.” “Rennie, be quiet.” I say it more snappishly than I intended, and she makes a face to Nadia in her rearview mirror. I take a breath. “Nadia, there’s a whole line of junior and senior girls ahead of you for Alex. We can’t show favoritism like that. I mean, how would it look, us giving a senior starter to a freshman? Besides, you still have to try out. You haven’t made the squad yet.” At this, Rennie nods. “Lil’s right. I mean, you’re basically in but we have to treat you the same as everybody else. Even though you’re clearly special.” Nadia wriggles in her seat like a puppy. “Oh, and make sure to tell your friends that if they’re even one minute late, they’re going to be sent home. Period. As captain I need to set the tone for this season.” “Got it,” Nadia says. “Good girl. You’re going to be our freshman star.” I feel like I am floating above myself as I say, “She needs to work on her back handspring. It’s weak.” It gets really quiet. I flip down my visor to look at Nadia. The corners of her mouth are turned down, her dark eyes hurt. Why did I say that? I know how badly she wants to make the squad. We practiced all summer, back handsprings and tumbling and stunts and our routines. I told Nadia that when Rennie graduates, it will be her on the top of that pyramid. I told her she’ll be set at Jar High. Just like her big sis. But now I’m not so sure I want her to be anything like me or Rennie. Not anymore.