Friday, January 22, 2010

Book Review: Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan

Blake. Comedian. Photographer. Two (weird, but whose aren't?) parents - dad's a medical examiner with a habit of leaving autopsy photos on the kitchen table, mom's a hospital chaplain with a hugely embarrassing habit of wandering around the house in her underwear. One older brother, Garrett, high school jock extraordinaire and aspiring medical examiner (gross). One seriously hot girlfriend, Shannon, whose mom totally hates Blake. One photographer friend who's a girl, Marissa, whose mom has been missing for over a year.

Blake and Marissa's weekend photo assignment was to shoot a series of monochromatic (one color) pictures. When they're comparing pics before class, Marissa suddenly freaks out - the photo she's holding, Blake's favorite, is of a woman all in grey, passed out in front of a grey building, the only color a bright streak of purple in her hair. And then Marissa says the words that will change Blake's life -

"That's my mom!"

Marissa really needs Blake right now - her life's pretty messed up, and so is she. But so does Shannon, and he really doesn't want to lose her. How does a guy balance the girl who loves him and the girl who needs him? Winner of the 2010 Morris award for new authors, Flash Burnout is a sometimes funny, sometimes heartwrenching look at how family, friends, and girlfriends, and the choices you make about them, can change your life, not always for the best.

(still reading the 2010 Printz winner, Going Bovine by Libba Bray, and absolutely loving the randomness!)

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