Holding Back Authors: Burned By Ellen Hopkins

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Holding Back Authors “A word to the unwise. Torch every book. Char every page. Burn every word to ash. Ideas are incombustible. And therein lies your real fear” ―Ellen Hopkins. This quote shows how words can change people 's perspectives, just as books can change lives. The book Burned by Ellen Hopkins knows how to emote the simplest and realist of events. This book should be kept on shelves because of how the book shows different relationships, growing up, and how to cope with life when it goes bad. Relationships in Burned by Ellen Hopkins were vital to Pattyn ( the main character’s) life. Her relationship with her parents were almost non existent. Her father was an abusive alcoholic and she did spent some time shooting…show more content…
Coping with life was another huge part of Pattyn Von Stratten’s life. Her Mother as said previously was constantly being pregnant and having babies, but Pattyn had to take care of all her siblings because her mother wouldn’t. She then had to cope with taking care of all her little siblings because she was the oldest and had to protect her siblings from her abusive and alcoholic Father. Pattyn also had to get used to living with her aunt for the summer. She met a boy in Nevada by her aunts home and fell in love with him. They spent lots of time together and had very sweet and passionate experiences. Sadly she had to leave her aunt’s house, leave the first boys she has ever been in love with and go back to a torturous place, her home. When she got back, she got beat up a lot more because while living with her aunt, she learned how to stand up for herself and grow up. That didn’t sit well with her father and he beat her up for standing up for herself at the dinner table. Of course it didn’t faze her mother because she was eat herself, but it emotionally hurt her younger siblings. Pattyn had become pregnant with the love of her life’s baby. Of course she didn’t tell her father and she tried to run away. This teenger has had such a hard life and these events show how she coped with them. “A lot of life is dealing with your curse, dealing with the cards you were given that aren’t so nice. Does it make you into a monster, or can you temper it in some way, or accept…show more content…
The book Burned by Ellen Hopkins should not be banned and should be kept on shelves. This book had a very unique but very real character who went through a lot of real life experiences. On by the relationships she found to stay in or keep away from and even be cautious of. Another by growing up, thanks to the only person who actually cared for her and was a parent figure (her aunt). Last by how she went through tough situations but how she coped with them. No book should be banned because sometimes reading a book can changes people’s perspectives and even
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