By: Elana K. Arnold
Pub. Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Ben: Having just graduated from high school, Ben is set to leave Gypsum,
Nevada. It's good timing since the gypsum mine that is the lifeblood of the area is closing, shutting the whole town down with it. Ben is lucky: he's headed to San Diego, where he's got a track scholarship at the . But his best friends, Pete and Hog Boy, don't have college to look forward to, so to make them happy, Ben goes with them to check out the hot chick parked on the side of Highway 447. Universityof California
Lala: She and her Gypsy family earn money by telling fortunes. Some customers choose Tarot cards; others have their palms read. The thousands of people attending the nearby Burning Man festival spend lots of cash--especially as Lala gives uncanny readings. But lately Lala's been questioning whether there might be more to life than her upcoming arranged marriage. And the day she reads Ben's cards is the day that everything changes for her. . . and for him.
I don't want to give anything away, making this review a little harder to write. I loved learning about the gypsy way of life, and learning what each of the tarot cards mean. Despite learning the laws and rules that govern this group of people and even understanding some of them, I couldn't help but feel that what Lala did, did not warrant the punishment she received.
I couldn't help but feel for Lala. She is a normal girl, who goes on facebook and loves to read Catcher in the Rye. She loves her family, but desperately wanted freedom. She wanted to marry who she wants, not who her parents choose for her. Without giving anything away, I enjoyed the ending. I understand why she did what she did.
Overall, I did enjoy Burning. It was a fast read. I would have liked a little more resolution in the end, but I was happy with it all the same.