By Laurie Boyle Crompton
Sourcebooks Fire, 2013
Audience: Older Teens
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...
Here's my reaction, told in comics.
So here's my review:
I had so much fun reading this story. I knew I would like it, but I didn't expect to love it! Blaze was such a strong young lady. She could handle so much. And the good boy was so cute, and the ending was FABULOUS! I wish I knew my comics, because Blaze was so cool. I think I should change my name to Blaze. It would match my hair.
The only problem I had was that I was so worried that Blaze's master plan was getting Mark back, not getting revenge. Whew, was I relieved when she didn't want him back! Also, Blaze never talked about having homework or the pressures of classes, but she did mention the other stressors in her life. In addition, I was upset by the way she treated the boy who liked her, but Blaze learned from that situation, I think.
Another problem that I had with the story was that Blaze and Mark didn't use protection, and the consequences of that weren't discussed as much as I feel they should have been. I think Blaze should have realized and stated that she would never let that happen again. She is obviously an independent, awesome girl and should not risk everything for a guy. I would've liked to have seen her chew him out for that and tell him exactly why it was wrong. She didn't make the best decisions in this book, but I think she's a smart girl.
Obviously, in addition to romance and comics, some important issues came up like sexting, family relationships, friendship, and bullying. Blaze grows up a lot and has to deal with more than any teen should. I wish the bullying storyline had been tied up a bit better, but maybe... we can hope for a sequel? I'd like to learn more about Terri. A companion novel, perhaps?