Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Review: Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan

Released: November 19th, 2009
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Series: Stand Alone Title
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
Source: Chapters (Local Bookstore)
Page Amount: 330
School Rating: A+
Age Group: Young Adult


Telephoto lens. Zoom. In a shutter release millisecond, Blake’s world turns upside down. The nameless woman with the snake tattoo is not just another assignment. “That’s my mom!” gasps Marissa.


Saturated self-portrait: Blake, nice guy, class clown, always trying to get a laugh, not sure where to focus.


Contrast. Shannon, Blake’s GF. Total. Babe. Marissa, just a friend and fellow photographer. Shannon loves him; Marissa needs him. How is he supposed to frame them both in one shot?


Chiaroscuro. Lightdark. Marissa again, overexposed. Crash and burn.

Talk about negative space.


After hearing about this book, it didn’t take me long to pick it up. The first time I ever laid eyes on it was in one of The Story Siren’ In My Mailbox. She told a brief summary, and I knew I had to pick it up. I went to the book store one time, with no thought in mind what I was going to get. I was walking through the bookshelves, and there I saw FLASH BURNOUT, staring at me. I knew I had to get it. It took me a little while to pick it up from my bookshelf, but then I picked it up during March Break. I am VERY glad I read this book.

The plot and the story are very fast pacing, something that either irks me or enlightens me. For this story, it was enchanting (yes, I just used a Taylor Swift line). This novel was a page turner… in a different way. The plot itself is pretty flat, but L.K. Madigan was a wonderful author and brought it to life. The story was very witty and unexpectedly funny.

L.K. Madigan is an amazing author, including her writing style, and I am saddened that I have only one other book of hers before I have no more of my addiction. I loved the writing in this novel, it was extremely funny, and Blake’s witty voice lightened up the not so light subjects in this novel.

Blake was witty, hilarious, and a great character. Uh… Blake, could you marry me? Seriously. Blake is every guys dream. I don’t think there are many characters I dislike in this novel, which is a good and bad thing. I do like my villains, but I hate talking about them. I also love it because there is no hate in this novel. I even liked Shannon, Blake’s GF that most people are probably not a fan of.

This book was something fresh, and I loved the photography woven into the book. I would definitely say to read this book if you have a chance to read it, because it is truly an amazing read.

Cover Comments:
This book cover is okay, but seeing the blond girls eyes in one of the photographs really bugs me. But it is unlike any other cover I have ever seen, so it gets originality points. I really like the concept of it, but a lot of people who saw the cover thought he was smelling the photos.

Plot 10/10
Like able Characters 10/10
Problem Development 10/10
Solution Effectiveness 10/10
Writing Style 10/10
Character Development 8/10
Cover 8/10
Setting 9/10
Ending 7/10
Beginning 8/10



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