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Winner of the 2010 William C. Morris Award!

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.

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L. K. Madigan lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, son, two big black dogs, hundreds of books, and a couple of vintage cars.

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eeclarkson, October 18, 2010 (view all comments by eeclarkson)
I don’t think I ever expected to pick up a book about a 15-year-old boy and call it one of the best books I’ve ever read. Yet here I am doing just that.

I found out about Flash Burnout at Wordstock last weekend. I heard the author speak about the book during a teen-book session (I had gone to see a different author). L.K. Madigan really didn’t impress me. She’s new to writing, she’s a 40-something soccer mom, and yeah. The one thing that really caught my attention about her book was that it won the 2010 William C. Morris YA Debut Award (a previous winner was Graceling, one of my favorite books). Then when I was at the library last Sunday I saw it on the shelf and checked it out. I’m not sure if I was really intending to read it at the time, but I’ve been chowing through books this week and it came up in the pile.

When I picked it up two days ago I gave it the first two chapters to get me interested. I was a little turned off by the fact that it has a first-person teenage boy narrator. And it had me in the first three pages.

There is something very honest and very true about Blake’s voice (the main character). He is funny and insightful, and so entirely 15-year-old boy. And at the same time it’s a story about love, and friendship, and figuring out life at that age. Nothing in the book ever felt fake or cheesy. I had a hard time putting it down and was actually up past 2 am last night reading (which is why I am so freaking tired today). The ending was unexpected, but so much better than anything I had imagined. It’s a little sad, and a lot hopeful. And one damn good read.
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Madigan, Lk
Graphia Books
Madigan, L. K.
Social Issues - Adolescence
Social Issues - Drugs, Alcohol, & Substance Abuse
Social Issues - Dating & Sex
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Situations / Adolescence
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Adolescence
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
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