There are a rare few books that I rank among my personal list of mind-blowingly good, life-changing pieces of literature — and the standard I hold them all against is J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye.
My list is extremely short:
and now …
It is equally funny, sad, sweet, nostalgic, simple and honest. It’s a rare treat these days to find a realistic Young Adult novel quite like Flash Burnout; one that speaks to contemporary issues, serious subject matters and the issues modern teens find themselves facing on a regular basis.
These are the qualities that make Flash Burnout the perfect addition to my short, very particular list of books. All three of those books (four, if you count Catcher in the Rye) share these qualities. That intangible feeling of being a teenager and digging through the muck life throws at you.
These books all evoke the same feeling in me — a certain nostalgia for those teenage years (something I very rarely feel nostalgic for; I most definitely prefer adulthood). Each book is equally contemporary and timeless.
I won’t go on with a full review — because my fellow staffer Stephanie has already written the perfect review for Flash Burnout, explaining exactly why this book is so wonderful and why you should read it.
But I will say this: you SHOULD read it.
In fact, please go read this book.
You won’t regret it.
And it might just change your world.
For the comments: Tell us about the books that are on your list of “mind-blowingly good, life-changing pieces of literature.”