Winner of the 2010 William C. Morris Award! 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... show more
Winner of the 2010 William C. Morris Award! 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.
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Coming Of Age
, High School
, Young Adult Contemporary
On Goodreads, I have a shelf called “Good Books. . . Just not sure I Like.” This shelf was made for books like Flash Burnout. This is a really good book, and if I was judging on writing alone and removing all my own biases, this would be a 5 star book. Since, however, this is my blog and I can be as...
Good reading this, though likely not the first time to have funny combined with the sad, not once does it cross the line into hokey and over the top. The way things wrap up, and there really is none… he screws up, but they all do (OK, him most of all) was fine… more than fine because he made me laug...
Excellent! This book had a little bit of everything. Blake was a great character and really brought a lot of laughs to the story. And this was a story had a little bit of everything. There was suspense, romance, laughs, and tears. Great stuff. Highly recommended.
I'm ambivalent toward this book, so it's hard to know what to say about it. While it was a short, quick read, I couldn't wait for it to end. I simply didn't like the main character/narrator. He wasn't funny, despite his ambitions of becoming a stand-up comic and his continual tally of "points" he aw...
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