Burnout by by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
After being clean for months, Nan wakes up the day after halloween on the subway and can't remember anything. Nan knows the police will simply take her for another teen drug addict, so she decides to figure out what happened. Retracing her steps while experiening contast blackouts, she tries to put the pieces together.
This intense dark tale has a wonderful pace and is very good. I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. It was such a pleasure to read a YA novel that goes for the less is more approach. Under 200 pages, the author makes every word count. Much of the stories beauty lies in the belivablity and likeibitiy of Nan.
"I'm wearing a dress. It's pink, strapless and it's cut too low in the boobs and too high in the thighs. There is a tear on the right side where it couldn't hold me in. I think it's made out of plastic. I'm not supposed to describe my body as burly because mom says that's hate speech, but that's what I am. I am a burly girl testing the seams of a too small plastic dress. I would never wear something like this on purpose. I can feel the train seat on the bare backs of my upper thighs and my skin crawls."
Burnout is an under the radar book that should not be missed.
A starred SJL review
A starred Kirkus review