The Burning

“We are the granddaughters of the witches you burned. And we’re not putting up with it any more.”

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The Burning


Laura Bates

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What happens when you can’t run or hide from a mistake that goes viral?

This powerful young adult novel by the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project is a necessary book every young adult needs.

A rumor is like fire. And a fire that spreads online… is impossible to extinguish.

New school. Check.
New town. Check.
New last name. Check.
Social media profiles? Deleted.

Anna and her mother have moved hundreds of miles to put the past 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. Silenced. And whose story has unsettling parallels to Anna’s own.

My review

The Burning is all about what is wrong with the internet and kids today. It’s about slut shaming, body issues and cyber bullying. It kinda hits home too, with the bullying and wanting to dissapear at high school. I know what this book was trying to do, but the execution was not what I expected it to be. This could have been better, more focussed on one topic instead of exploring like all the issues out there with young girls. I do think this book is needed in today’s society. It got me thinking, and I hope it will get other people thinking. I hope people who are going through the same kind of sht can relate. And I hope, that no one has to relate to this. Because this is terrible to have to go through, terrible to feel the need to live like this. This book will open a lot of eyes for readers all in the world. I did like the storyline woven through this one about the witches, that is something in history that always fascinated me.


“You can call me a prude, and you can call me a whore, but really you’re just calling me a girl. I am a girl. But those other things are yours. They’re in your minds, not mine. .. It’s you who’ve made me a slut. All of you. I didn’t have to do anything at all.”


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