Laura Bates: The Burning

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The Burning is one of those books that takes ou on an emotional rollercoaster ride from sadness to anger to despair to redemption and Laura Bates through her beautifully written character voice shows FRIENDLY ENEMIES you what it means to be a teenage girl in today s social media society Dealing with issues of victim blaming casual sexism and the still very skewed way of dealing with things The Burning shines a light right into the darkest corners of reality Hugely relevant foroung women today and adding an important voice to the current debate I thought it was excellent Not preaching not assuming but intelligently told hugely insightful and a real page turner Recommended Fuller review nearer publication Actual rating 45 stars in my opinion it would have made a lot sense if he had said that fire was like a rumour Becaus This book was so powerful For someone who was bullied a lot in high school and only had a handful of friends stick by me through it all this brought me to absolute tears Women support women You never know the full story This is feminism at its finest I implore Amok you to read this and learn Triggers bullying online bullying non consensual photo sharing grieving for a passed loved one A bit disappointed about this despite the important issues addressed in this book The writing could have used some serious editing a house with big wooden windows like really and the plot was often unconvincing 25 Super readable and brings up so many important challenges thatoung people face with social media these days Well worth the read for any And a Bottle of Rum younger readers but I m perhaps not uite its target audience so there were some things in here I didn t really connect with Finished this 3 days ago pretty much forgotten the whole story already A resolution for me thisear was not to finish the books I didn t enjoy I ve only read 20% so it s not fair to give a star rating just not the right book for me Thanks to Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS FIRE for an egalley in exchange for an honest reviewAlready published in the UK in 2019 The Burning tackles the issues of slut shaming and cyberbullying and draws comparisons to the witch burnings of Scotland s past I found it a very interesting read and read it one evening but I will concur with my fellow reviewers that there is a tonne of issues Issues that not just the main character Anna grapples with but also other. A rumor is like fire Once a whore always a whore Roses are redViolets are blue Anna's a slut We all know it's true And a fire that spreads online is impossible to extinguish New school Check New town CheckNew last name CheckSocial media profiles DeletedAnna and her mother have moved hundreds of miles to put the pa.

Characters in the story However it worked for me and caught my attention much like The Truth About Alice and Speak did Goodreads review published 070420Publication Date 070420 Why Why I was so ready to love this book It started so good and slowly turned into something strange messy and URO unidentified reading objectAnother interesting plot turned into something complicated messy okay WTH I just read kind of storyI waited to read something brave heart throbbing soul searching provocative and powerful story But what I get is a spiral of girl s self hatred and depression with awkward nonsense dialogues embellished with supernatural elements and not so heart wrenching but artificial ending pissed me off I think the problem about the story is author s choice to juggle with too many issues at the same time We had already sexual assault body and slut shaming on our plate but she add issues to the pile such as abortion pregnancy shaming and es ou just dropped Playhouse your plate becauseou cannot handle entire horrifying issues at the same story that a regular human being can handleAnd does this kind of moving and heartbreaking story really need supernatural elements to attract readers attention Nope I don t think soI don t want to be cruel and give two stars to this story because I got the intention of the author to write something meaningful and epic for the victims of abuse rape and violence I just didn t like her approach and her way to tell the story A simple pure emotional genuine honest realistic and objective approach to this kind of sensitive issues are always preferable for meSo let s round up our 25 stars to 3 for the promising beginning of the book and picking up another challenging readingSpecial thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire to share this ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review I wish I could love it bloginstagramfacebooktwitter Because fire is sneaky You might think ou ve extinguished it but one creeping red tendril one single wisp of smoke is enough to let it leap back to life again Especially if someone is watching waiting to fan the flames So many mixed feelings right now The Burning is by the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and as expected it has a lot of important things to say about slut shaming double standards bullying and especially how social media contributes to these It likens the viciousness. St behind them Anna hopes to make a fresh start and escape the harassment she's been subjected to But then rumors and whispers start and Anna tries to ignore what is happening by immersing herself in  learning about Maggie a local woman accused of witchcraft in the seventeenth century A woman who was shamed Silen.

Of social media trolls to actual witch hunts leading us on something of a history lesson in the processI can t deny that this book had an effect on me The author captures Anna s fear shame and frustration as she is confronted with constant double standards It s also very British and I related a lot to the high school culture here than I do when reading American YA Some parts hit very close to home I recognized such moments as this one I want to stay here in the uiet clean darkness forever until everybody has forgotten that I even exist It is hard to look and et hard to look away in parts I just really wish I didn t have so many issues with it The main problem is that this book is messy and doesn t seem to know what it s trying to be I did read an arc so maybe some things will be tidied up for publication It touches upon almost every teen girl issue Desire and Deceive you can think of slut shaming double standards sexuality bullying sexual assault teen pregnancy abortion body shaming and is so packed full of issues that most of these are left unexplored It also has some historical aspects a bit of a mystery going on a sort of romance that seems out of place in the story and even vaguely supernatural elements that were honestly jarring There s a bit of everything thrown in most of it not neededSome of the dialogue is a little weird and unnatural too The speech at the end plus the reactions to it felt unrealistic And there are times when Anna is directly describing something through speech and I just can t imagine an actual person sat there spewing those metaphors out loud Another problem I had is that YA lit has changed a lot in the past fewears and some parts of this book already feel a little dated most notably when Anna is so shocked to discover Alisha is in love with a girlIt s a compelling read though I could feel my own anxiety spiking when I read about Anna obsessively checking social media She feels like she shouldn t look and Dannys Dragon (Tao of Love, yet her own imagination is picturing the worst anyway It s just a shame it s so all over the place The unexplained supernatural parts of the plot were especially difficult to suspend disbelief for It s worth knowing that sometimes people seeou as a symbol of something instead of a person And when they do it reflects on them not on ou CW Slut shaming rape off page homophobic slursBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube. Ced And whose story has unsettling parallels to Anna's ownFrom Laura Bates internationally renowned feminist and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project comes a debut novel for the #metoo era It's a powerful call to action reminding all readers of the implications of sexism and the role we can each play in ending

Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project an ever increasing collection of over 100000 testimonies of gender ineuality with branches in 25 countries worldwide She works closely with politicians businesses schools police forces and organisations from the Council of Europe to the United Nations to tackle gender ineuality She was awarded a British Empire Medal for services t