Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan

Title: Flash Burnout
Author: L.K. Madigan

Pages: 320, hardcover
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Age Group: Young Adult
Pub. Date: October 2009

Overall Rating: .5

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.

Flash Burnout was light, humorous, and cute. All together, Flash Burnout was a great read for a rainy day. Mainly, it was funny and delightful, but it doesn't come until the end of the book, unfortunately. Had elements of photography and dealing with 2 girls at the same time, one a girlfriend and the other just a "friend".

Blake is a sophomore in high school and photography practician. He's currently dating Shannon, his first real girlfriend who's he's currently obsessed with. After doing photography assignments, he gets tangled in a big mess with classmate Marissa. Upon discovering a picture of Marissa's mom past-out and drunk in the street, Blake must help Marissa, leaving him struggling with his jealous girlfriend, Shannon. Only to lead to much more trouble...... Houston we have a problem....;

Humor was the absolute best part of Flash Burnout. It had me laughing from chapter to chapter. Madigan does a fantastic job at getting into the mind of Blake, we seen real, genuine feelings from him. The reader enjoys insights of first love, friendship, and drama.

The plot and subplots were simply all right, passable, and fairly amazing. Like I said, the humor was what kept me reading. Most of the time, it took away from the book, though. The majority of the time, the plot was slow-paced and didn't get to the juicy stuff until mid-way through the book. When it comes to the characters, Blake was the most developed character. All the other characters lacked personality. To me it lacked on the the photography side of the book, this was disappointedly boresome. But, I did like the photography references at the beginning of chapters. Then, the ending came too soon.

I can't say I didn't enjoy Flash Burnout the premise wasn't uninteresting at all. Here and there it was a letdown, but I can't help but be pleased with it.

If you're interested, Flash Burnout is now out in Paperback!

Plot: (8/10)
Characters: (8/10)
Ending: (9/10)
Enjoyment: (9/10)
Cover: (8/10)
Overall: 42/50 = 84% = B-

Cover: Fairly great. I like how the elements of photography made it to the cover.

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katie said...

I have been wanting to read this for a while now and I am glad to hear that it was pretty good. I love a humorous book every now and again. I will have to pick this one up soon. Great review!

BookFanatic said...

I've seen this around. I should get to it soon. Interesting review!