Flash Burnout by LK Madigan
Pub Date: October 19, 2009
Author Website/Blog: http://lkmadigan.livejournal.com/
Synopsis: 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
When I first read the synopsis for the book, I honestly didnt feel like reading it. But after reading all the books in the YA section of the library I recognized this book and wondered "what the heck..." So I am actually glad I picked it up. Okay, so I WAS a bit confused at parts, but oh well. It was still really good. I guess a novel like this becomes confusing with such an odd back story for a character like Marissa. Lets face it, not all of us see these things in our daily lives, which makes a book like this one we HAVE to read to understand what its like. I know a lot of people rather read about people who actually suffer from an addiction, but this story is like A Tension Of Opposites, its a really good story about how the side lines view the situation and how they deal with it. It really is a great novel, and it really just shows us a lot about the issues addictions cause in peoples lives, even if its only through knowing someone.
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