Monday, 2 July 2012

Flash Burnout

 Flash Burnout
L.K. Madigan
First Published: October 2009

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.
Where do I start? I loved this book; it is perhaps one of my favourite books of the year! Blake's character is like someone you haven't met, but want to know really badly. While the story is certainly a simple love triangle, the character more than make up for it.

The story revolves around Blake, the self-proclaimed class clown, his girlfriend Shannon who is the one he loves and his friend Marissa who is going through her own problems. This causes problems from the outset, Shannon I feel is too needy, she needs Blake around constantly although she has an argument with him about him saying it is alright for her to go round his whenever she feels like it. Marissa life it pretty much falling apart, even more so when Blake takes a photo of her Mom passed out in an alleyway. This is when Blake realises that he cares for her, yet he can't show it because he feels Shannon won't like the fact that he is helping another girl out. It's the classic love triangle, panned out from the boys perspective. This is something I rarely see in YA, especially a YA book from a female author.

I didn't really like Shannon as a character, I was mostly cheering for Marissa throughout, while Marissa had her problems she generally seemed although she really felt for Blake, even if he couldn't see it. I feel that the characters would have developed more if there was more focus on Shannon, you don't really find anything out about her. Her parents play a horrible trick on Blake which had me in hystrics, as it would be something I would do.

There were so many things about this book that I loved, I can't possibly name all of them, however I would recommend this book to everyone. Even boys! With it being wrote from the male perspective you notice things about situations that you would perhaps not, girls think totally different to guys and this book proved it! I even got my boyfriend to read and this is totally not the kind of book he would read. I honestly have nothing but positives for this book, although I do feel the ending was rushed and maybe to perfect.

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