Burned by Ellen Hopkins

Available At: Air Academy, DCC (HS), Liberty, Rampart

Categories: Anti-Religion, Cursing, Politics, Sexual, Violence

Description: Seventeen-year-old Pattyn, the eldest daughter in a large Mormon family, is sent to her aunt’s Nevada ranch for the summer, where she temporarily escapes her alcoholic, abusive father and finds love and acceptance, only to lose everything when she returns home.

YA Label?: No

Notes: This book contains sexual activities; sexual nudity; drug and alcohol abuse; profanity; derogatory terms; suicidal ideation; and violence, including child abuse.

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Page 3: “But I do know things really began to spin out of control after my first sex dream. As sex dreams go, there wasn’t much sex, just a collage of very hot kisses, and Justin Proud’s hands, exploring every inch of my body, at my fervent invitation.”

Page 122: “…Then he slid his hands around the front of me, lifting my breasts and touching my nipples. I wouldn’t let him go under my blouse, but even over my clothes, the way he made my body feel is hard to describe. Alive.”

Page 130: “Derek would meet me in the desert, painkiller in hand. First beer, then hard stuff.”

Page 153: He only used you for sex.”

Page 377: ”And I settled into his arms, minus the buzz, plus a pounding headache, and I said, ‘Make love to me.’”