Burn Baby Burn Baby by Kevin Craig
Seventeen-year-old Francis Fripp’s confidence is practically non-existent since his abusive father drenched him in accelerant and threw a match at him eight years ago.
Now badly scarred, Francis relies on his best friend Trig to protect him from the constant bullying doled out at the hands of his nemesis, Brandon Hayley—the unrelenting boy who gave him the dreaded nickname of Burn Baby.
The new girl at school, Rachel Higgins, is the first to see past Francis’s pariah-inducing scars.
If Brandon’s bullying doesn’t destroy him, Francis might experience life as a normal teenager for the first time in his life. He just has to avoid Brandon and convince himself he’s worthy of Rachel’s attentions.
Sounds easy enough, but Francis himself has a hard time seeing past his scars. And Brandon is getting violently frustrated, as his attempts to bully Francis are constantly thwarted.
Francis is in turmoil as he simultaneously rushes toward his first kiss and a possible violent end
Francis had a very hard childhood. As we learn through the story his father abused pretty bad, his father even burnt the side of his face pretty badly causing a lot of physical and mental pain to Francis.
I found Burn Baby Burn Baby a really fast and interesting read that left me thinking a lot after it as to how society is now days and how hard it is to feel accepted and reading this book it made me wish that there were more people like the character Rachael.
The only thing with Burn Baby Burn Baby was that it was so small and I read it so fast that when I finished it I just wanted more of the story and to read more of Kevin’s writing.
STAR RATING: 4.5 stars