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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (October 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054740493X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547404936
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With just enough humor to diffuse the tension and the art and science of photography as a backdrop, this rich romance explores the complexities of friendship and love, and the all-too-human limitations of both. It’s a sobering, compelling, and satisfying read for teens and a promising debut for a new young-adult author."--Booklist, starred review
 
"An exceptional novel, Flash Burnout is thought-provoking on many levels."--School Library Journal, starred review
 
 

About the Author

L. K. Madigan lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, son, two big black dogs, hundreds of books, and a couple of vintage cars.Visit her at her website: www.lkmadigan.com.  
 

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L.K. Madigan lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, son, two big black dogs, hundreds of books ... and quite a few items of mermaid memorabilia. You can learn more about Lisa at her website: http://www.lkmadigan.com.

Customer Reviews

This was one of those books you want to read slowly.
Barbara Bell
Blake's story tugged on every heart string, made me laugh out loud, and had me gripping the edge of my seat.
Stephanie Perkins
And because of that, there’s really not a whole lot left to say in this review.
Stormy(Book.Blog.Bake.)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mint910 VINE VOICE on September 13, 2009
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What made me decide to read Flash Burnout basically encompassed the photography aspect and the girlfriend + girl that is a friend. And thankfully those two aspects of the book were pretty satisfying, unfortunately they came with a few other things that were bothersome to me.

Let's start with the good, I loved how each chapter started with something related to photography, be it from a manual or Blake's homework and the way that photography was used to move the story forward. I would have loved to have seen Blake's and Marissa's photographs. They sound beautiful.

I also loved seeing Blake try and balance having a girlfriend he adored and that adores him (Shannon) and a girl that is a friend that really needs him (Marissa). The feeling of being torn and trying to do what's right for everyone is explored wonderfully in this book.

Another thing I really liked was Blake's family, his open-minded parents and his older brother, Garrett. I actually liked Garret at times better than Blake and his storyline about his friend with benefits Cappie. Would have loved to have seen that explored more.

While I liked all of that I did have some problems that distracted and took away from the good things in the book. Right off the bat I noticed Blake's slang and sort of annoying sense of humor, stuff like talking to Houston in his head all the time etc. I could have done without those types of things. And another thing that became rather bothersome for me was the way that Blake talked about his girlfriend Shannon and her body and touching her body. Yes, I know boys have hormones and they think about that stuff, but it was just too much for me and it made me sort of dislike Blake during those passages.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. K. Messner on July 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was smitten with the main character's voice just a few pages into LK Madigan's FLASH BURNOUT. This YA novel is really, really funny at the same time it tackles some tough issues about family, teen romance, drug addiction, and friendship.

The novel begins with a photography assignment for fifteen-year-old Blake, just experiencing his first real romance. When Blake inadvertently snaps a picture of his friend Marissa's drug-addicted mother, he launches Marissa into a journey for which she desperately needs his support. That journey causes Blake to question what he thought he knew about love, sex, and friendship and takes readers on a wild ride of their own.

The voice in this book is really remarkable, and Madigan's rich characters with their hysterical dialogue reminded me of John Green at times. FLASH BURNOUT is a fantastic, fantastic debut!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tabitha VINE VOICE on December 17, 2009
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Blake is a typical teenage boy, filled with hormones and rampant thoughts about sex. He also aspires to be a stand up comic, and does his best to make everyone around him laugh. He makes for a funny, interesting character that many teenage boys will relate to.

There were a few times, however, that his voice sounded too teen-girl. Such as "Oh no she didn't!" That phrase is begging for a 'snap' at the end of it, and I don't know any teen boys who would do that. :) He also had a little too much insight at times (like, at the end with Marissa), which didn't fit his maturity level, character, or situation in life. Also, the end result of his photography felt like the story was being tied up with a bow.

So, for me (who isn't a teen anymore), those elements weakened the story. However, I can still see teens, both boys and girls, strongly relating to the characters and their situations. Especially since the writing is sharp, and the descriptions of the photographs are vivid and interesting.

This is definitely not for a younger audience, though. Sex is mentioned frequently, and there is an after-sex scene that might be too mature for kids younger than 13 or 14. The drug aspect of the story was done well, without graphic consequences, but it's also prevalent throughout the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. Flash Burnout introduces us to Blake; a soon to be 16 year old who has his first girlfriend and a friend who's a girl and is sometimes totally lost about what to do with either of them. Blake is a wonderful character and travels through this well paced story with humour, and lots of confusion. He's not perfect, but he tries so hard to be it's very endearing. He's just figuring things out in his relationships with Shannon and Marissa and finds himself in the middle of some things boys his age don't typically have to deal with. What I like so much about this character is that he steps outside his own self involvement and tries so hard to be a good friend and provide these two young women what he thinks they need from him. This results in alot of humour and eventual heartache. His mom is always telling him "actions have consequences" and that's one of the many lessons he learns here.

Speaking of the mom, hoorah! Finally here's a great literate teen novel that features parents who are present and involved in their kids lives (at least in Blake's case). That alone is a refreshing change. Blake has a great relationship with his parents and they allow him to solve his own problems while always being nearby for support. You just don't see that much in YA literature. I think that will make this book more relatable to a wider variety of kids. I like the growth Blake goes through in this book. It has the ring of truth to it.

This is a great read that will appeal to both boys and girls. Because of the sexual situations, (Blake thinks about sex alot) I would recommend for teens 15 and up. Blake's parents have raised him with a more cavalier attitude towards sex than some parents of young readers would be comfortable with.
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