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Burnout by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
Margaret K. McElderry, September 13, 2011
Summary from Goodreads:
On the day after Halloween, Nan wakes up in a subway car. She is not dreaming. She doesn’t know where she’s been or what she’s done. She’s missing a whole day from her life. And she’s wearing skeleton makeup and a too-small Halloween costume that she doesn't remember putting on.Nan is not supposed to wake up in places like this anymore. She’s different now, so far from that dangerously drunk girl who hit bottom in the Nanapocalypse. She needs to find out what happened to her, and fast. As she tries to put together the pieces of the last twenty-four hours, she flashes back to memories of her previous life. But she would never go back to her old friends and her old ways. Would she?
The deeper Nan digs, the more disturbing things get. This time, she may have gone one step too far. This time, she may be a walking ghost.
I found Burnout to be an enjoyable mystery. It was a little misleading at first, because the jacket says that Nan wakes up in a subway. Well, she does, but that's not exactly where the story starts. If that makes sense. I guess what I'm saying is that the first 10 pages or so are a little confusing. But if they're confusing for us, imagine how poor Nan must feel.
I liked Nan, actually. Her attraction to Seemy was a little odd, but you know what? If you're pretty much a loner, and a cool kid takes an interest in you, you're going to do whatever you can to hang onto that. Even if that means doing a ton of stuff you don't actually agree with, or want to do.
Seemy, on the other hand, is an abhorrent human being. What a selfish loser. While I can understand why Nan would be so eager to hang onto her only friend, I can't understand why everyone finds Seemy so attractive in the first place. Ugh.
Still, I can absolutely see that Nan is a better friend, and will do whatever it takes to figure out what happened that night. And boy, it is NOT at all what I expected. And the back and forth between present and past helps us see Nan for the person she is, not the person who wakes up in a subway car wearing an ill-fitting Halloween costume.
Burnout is an enjoyable, fast paced read suitable for mystery and contemporary fans alike.
Borrowed book from the library.
Enjoy your reading!