Burned, written by Ellen Hopkins, was published during 2006 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. This novel tells the story of Pattyn Von Stratten navigating a challenging journey of abuse to find love and acceptance. It all starts when she has an unusual sex dream that leads her to question her identity and relationship with God as a Mormon, among other things.
Burned is the first book of Hopkins' Burned series, which includes the second and final book Smoke. Some online reviews describe this novel as "intense and emotional," with twists and turns that leave one on edge about what will come next. Yet Hopkins' portrayal of Mormon lifestyle has left some readers, who possess a Mormon background, disappointed because such a portrayal indicates a misunderstanding of this religion's essence in their eyes. In other words, it appears exaggerated.
Burned is one of Hopkins' New York Times bestselling novels. Among other bestselling titles are Crank, Impulse, Fallout, Triangles, and more.