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.
This book first came to my attention when I saw it on one of Thao's Waiting on Wednesday posts, and I've been waiting for it ever since. The cover is attractive, in an intense, unforgettable way, and the synopsis promises that the book will be interesting, funny, AND poignant. Plus, some respected author acquaintances of mine, like Cindy Pon, have raved about it on Goodreads, making me want it all the more. With the potential and good words as that, what more can you ask for?
Flash Burnout will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on October 19, 2009.