An Introduction to Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan


Okay, sure, our October Book of the Month is The Mermaid’s Mirror by L.K. Madigan — but we are also HUGE fans of Lisa’s first book, Flash Burnout, and thought we’d spend some time this week featuring it here on Novel Novice!

Today, we’re starting with a short introduction to the book & what it’s all about:

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.

Flash Burnout also won the Morris Award from ALA this year! Tune in throughout this week for more features on Flash Burnout!

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