Title: Burn Our Bodies Down
Author: Rory Power
Age Category: Young Adult
Rep: lesbian mc, hinted f/f love story
Genre: Horror??? Weird???
Trigger warnings: murder, generational trauma, child abuse
From the author of the New York Times bestseller Wilder Girls comes a new twisty thriller about a girl whose past has always been a mystery—until she decides to return to her mother’s hometown . . . where history has a tendency to repeat itself.
Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.
But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.
Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there?
The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.
This was the strangest book I have ever read, but that is part of the reason why I enjoyed it so much. It is a lot to unpack, and I think that’s why some people don’t like it. If you don’t like this book, I won’t be offended. There are some favorites of mine where I will be offended, but this one is justified.
I loved Margot’s relationship with her mother in a weird way since it was an abusive relationship. I love the way it was depicted I should say. It felt so raw and like you could really feel Margot’s pain and her longing for her mother’s love. Everything she did throughout the course of the novel was to gain her mother’s attention or as a response to her mother’s behavior.
Another shining part was the writing. I read Wilder Girls by the same author and gave it 3 stars, but the shining part to me was the writing. I wanted to read this book because I knew that her writing was something that I could enjoy, and Wilder Girls just didn’t have the right plot for me. But this one definitely did. But back to the writing. I love the way that the author described the events. I love when authors explain what is going on in a very specific way that the reader completely understands what is being conveyed, and that is her writing style.
I will say that the first seventy pages are pretty slow so it took me a couple attempts to actually get into the book, but I was also feeling a slumpy during my other attempts so that might’ve been why I wasn’t able to continue on with the book, but this time I was able to get hooked in and read the whole book in pretty much 24 hours, and I’ve probably thought about it every day since I read it. So for that reason, I feel like it’s safe to say that it will make it on my favorites of 2021.
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