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Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan
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Jan 23, 10

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Read from January 22 to 23, 2010

** spoiler alert ** Blake is 15. He's got a girl he's crazy about, quirky but lovable parents, and an older brother that loves him in the ways older brothers love everywhere--violently. :)

Blake's life revolves around school, photography, and hanging out Ottoman's beanbag chair after school with Shannon.

But a chance photo taken for an assignment ends up linking Blake to his friend Marissa. Her life is f'ed up and she doesn't want anyone to know but him. Clearly this complicates Blake's relationships with the people around him, but how can he walk away from a friend in need?

I liked this book a lot. Although some characters/subplots felt a little extraneous (e.g. Cappie) I thought Blake was a real teenager. He's just muddling through, trying to figure out girls and life, and suddenly realizing how lucky he is.

There's quite a bit of sex talk in this book--Blake refers to Houston (his penis) quite a lot and talks a lot about his phyiscal relationship with Shannon. What I liked though was that regardless of how much he wanted to have sex, he was thoughtful about it. He knew it wasn't okay to force a girl (his convo with his dad on this topic was priceless). And, when Blake did end up "doing it," perhaps not as thoughtfully as he would have liked, he was mature enough to recognize that it wasn't entirely a mistake and that sometimes you just need another person.
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