Saturday, November 21, 2009

Flash Burnout by L. K. Madigan

Blake is an average sophomore boy who loves photography, making people laugh, and his girlfriend. His perfectly normal life doesn't remain calm when he snaps a picture of an unconscious woman in downtown New York. Blake presents his album to his best friend, Marissa, and soon his life is turned upside down. With one scream of That's my mom! and before anyone could realize it, she is running down the dangerous New York streets searching for her methamphetamine addicted mother. When Marissa doesn't call or show up at school during the next week, Blake begins to worry. Even worse, Blake's girlfriend, Shannon, becomes concerned that he may be favoring Marissa more than her. Will Blake's life crack into two? Will Marissa learn to let go of her mother? Will simple mistakes lead to tragedy?

I loved Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan; I couldn't put it down the moment I read the first page. Throughout the book there are photography terms, so if you aren't familiar with cameras, it might be difficult to understand some parts. The situations are very up-to-date and realistic for today's youth. Flash Burnout is very witty but tragic. I recommend this book to any teenager who wants a surreal and intense comedy.

Has sexual conflicts and drug use.

Reviewer Age:13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Osseo, Wisconsin United States

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