Thursday, May 9, 2013

5 stars: Blaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton

"Blaze is tired of spending her life on the sidelines, drawing comics and feeling invisible. She's desperate for soccer star Mark to notice her. And when her BFF texts Mark a photo of Blaze in sexy lingerie, it definitely gets his attention. After a hot date in the back of her minivan, Blaze is flying high, but suddenly Mark's feelings seem to have been blasted by a freeze-ray gun, and he dumps her. Blaze gets her revenge by posting a comic strip featuring uber-villain Mark the Shark. Mark then retaliates by posting her "sext" photo, and, overnight, Blaze goes from Super Virgin Girl to Super Slut. That life on the sidelines is looking pretty good right about now..."

Published February 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire. I received a digital ARC of this story.

What a refreshing tale of female empowerment! Life suddenly gave Blaze a major downpour of lemons, and she made the BEST lemonade ever and it was hot pink. She's a heroine and a modern day superhero for teen girls... but she has no powers! That's the best part. Anyone can become Blaze. Aside from that, it had every component of a well-written story:

  • the main character went on a journey/adventure   
  • the main character experienced personal growth 
  • the descriptions made me picture everything vividly
  • the characters were well-developed 
  • the characters were likeable and relatable
  • the pacing was great  
  • I experienced every emotion while reading the story 
What does all of that equal? AWESOMENESS.  

There were comic book-like descriptions and words throughout the book-POW! THWACK!-and there were even comic book panels related to the story. How fun! 

I swear, for once in my life, I had absolutely no criticisms about a book. You may notice that I read a lot of books that have love stories (getting a case of the swoons is the best, right?!), and while this one had a little bit of that, it wasn't that central to the plot and that was perfectly fine with me. 

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