Book: Burn Baby Burn
Author: Meg Medina
Reviewed by: Maya L.
Summary: Nora Lopez lives in New York with her mother and brother. Nora can’t wait till she turns eighteen and moves out to college. But during her time at home, she has to deal with her drug-dealing, pyro-addicted brother named Hector. On top of that, Nora’s mother continues to blame her for not being able to control Hector. Even her rich, divorced dad won’t send the three of them money. The only good thing going Nora’s way is her boyfriend, Pablo, who doesn’t seem to know the situation that Nora is in. But everything changes once victims of the so called, “Son of Sam”, start showing up. What scares Nora the most, is the realization that this serial killer only targets couples. Throughout the story, Nora comes to the conclusion that family isn’t always related by blood.
I liked that Nora was able to find the help that she needed, which ended the story nicely. I am also very glad that Nora’s best friend was a very helpful character that advanced the plot.
Things I did not like about the book were the Spanish words used frequently between Nora’s family. There were sometimes translations for the words, but it was still hard to understand who was speaking at certain times. Even without the Spanish in some chapters, the words were used sparsely. I personally would have liked there to have been more words put in between important events, just so that the story could run smoothly.
This book is recommended to those that like mystery, romance, and historical fiction. I think that it teaches a very important lesson to “speak up”.