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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Book Review: Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan

Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Pages: 336
Received From: Store Bought

Summary: Fifteen-year-old Blake has a girlfriend and a friend who’s a girl. One of them loves him; the other one needs him. When he snapped a picture of a street person for his photography homework, Blake never dreamed that the woman in the photo was his friend Marissa’s long-lost meth addicted mom. Blake’s participation in the ensuing drama opens up a world of trouble, both for him and for Marissa. He spends the next few months trying to reconcile the conflicting roles of Boyfriend and Friend. His experiences range from the comic (surviving his dad’s birth control talk) to the tragic (a harrowing after-hours visit to the morgue). In a tangle of life and death, love and loyalty, Blake will emerge with a more sharply defined snapshot of himself.

My Review: Flash Burnout was a cute, light read. The main character Blake was an instant hit with me. He was funny, witty and made the story worth reading. I enjoyed the part about Blake taking a picture of a homeless woman and having it turn out to be Marissa's meth addicted mother. After that photograph, Blake's life changes, he goes through many stages and I liked seeing his transformation. I loved L.K.'s writing style, it captured each character's personality and gave me a chance to know them on a deeper level. The book also had a lot of interesting information about photography which was pretty cool. I now know what Flash Burnout means in photography, who would of thought I'd learn random terms? Overall, a very cute read but by the end of the book I felt like something was missing. I still have some lingering questions and I'm not sure if their will be a sequel. But, I do recommend it if you're looking for a well-paced YA book.

My Rating: 4.3 out of 5
Author's Info:

L. K. Madigan lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, son, two big black dogs, hundreds of books, and a couple of vintage cars. Her second young adult novel, a fantasy titled The Mermaid's Mirror, is scheduled for release in Fall 2010.


Cleverly Inked said...

I love Photography, I thought about taking some classes. What better book then to read and read a great story with photography in it

ninefly said...

I took a photography class in high school, though I don't think I ever learned that many terms (it was an experimental class I think lol)
I still love taking random photos w/ my camera phone wherever I go
really looking forward to read Blake's story, the cover is very pretty =D
thanks for the review!

ninefly said...

oh, and I have an award for you over at my blog =)

Kelsey said...

Nice review. I could use a cute, light read :)

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

I took a photo class but don't remember flash burnout. Now I'm curious. Sounds like a fun read!

~The Book Pixie said...

Photography is a huge passion of mine plus I love the premise so I'm definitely going to need to see about reading this book. Thanks for the review. :D


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