Review: Blaze (or Love In The Time of Supervillains) #GeekGrzlRevenge
Author: Laurie Boyle Crompton
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: February 1, 2013
Paperback, ARC, 304 pages
Genre: Young Adult
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...
My first impression of this book is "I love the title". The main character's name is Blaze. Her dad named her after a comic book character; thus starting Blaze's love of comics. Blaze wants to live up to her name. She doesn't want to be a wallflower. She desperately wants Mark, a popular boy from her school, to notice her. Blaze and her friends come up with some not-so-smart ideas that lead Blaze into a world of trouble.
Laurie Boyle Crompton addressed the issue of sexting without being preachy. She brings it forth in a realistic situation that I'm sure most people could relate.The story line is very enjoyable. It has some light-hearted moments along with some very serious ones. There are quite a few references to comic book characters. I'm not a huge comic book fan, but I was able to understand the context in which the references were used.
Blaze is a really great character that shows a lot of growth over the pages. She starts out as a really naive girl. Throughout the novel Blaze is finding her voice, and learning to stand on her own two feet.
Overall this is a great book. It's an entertaining read with a message at the heart of it. This is one of those books that have you cheering for the main character. Blaze will stay with you long after reading.