Pattyn Von Stratten searches for love and acceptance and discovers what it takes to rise from the ashes in this riveting duology told in verse from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins.
In Burned, it all started with a dream, the kind of dream that most teen girls experience. But Pattyn Von Stratten is not like most teen girls. Raised in a religious—yet abusive—family, a simple dream may not be exactly a sin, but it could be the first step toward hell and eternal damnation. After Pattyn’s father catches her in a compromising position, events spiral out of control. Pattyn is sent to live with an aunt in the wilds of Nevada to find salvation and redemption. What she finds instead is love and acceptance—until she realizes her old demons will not let her go.
In Smoke, Pattyn Von Stratten is on the run. After far too many years of abuse at the hands of her father, and after a tragic loss, Pattyn is desperate for peace. Only her sister Jackie knows what happened, but she is stuck at home with their mother, who clings to normalcy by allowing the truth to be covered up by their domineering community leaders. Without Pattyn, Jackie is desperately isolated. Is it even possible to rebuild a life when everything you’ve known has burned to ash and lies seem far safer than the truth?
Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen young adult novels, as well as the adult novels Triangles, Collateral, and Love Lies Beneath. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at EllenHopkins.com and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsLit.