Blaze Blog Tour + Giveaway!

By Laurie Boyle Crompton
Published on February 1, 2013
Published by Sourcebooks
Source: ARC from Publisher
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..

The girl has pink hair!  That is all I really needed to see on the cover to make me want to read this book.  Add in a hint of comic books (via the font and title) and an awesome cover concept- I was hooked!  Blaze is an invisible girl.  She isn't in the popular crowd but isn't a social pariah either.  She is stuck in the middle, invisible to everyone.  That all changes when Mark (the "it" boy) notices her.  

Let's get the "what I didn't like" out of the way.  Honestly there wasn't much I didn't like in the book.  What I didn't like have little to do with writing, tone, voice, dialogue,but everything to do with the decisions that the characters make.  Blaze made some really stupid decisions in this book.  Her friends... well...they are terrible friends and Blaze really needs to find new ones.  If any of my friends treated me the way hers did- well we wouldn't be friends for long.  Mark- don't even get me started.  Blaze's family.  Man, there are a TON of messed up people in this book.  I am pretty sure that the only person in this book that doesn't have problems is the comic book store employee. Yup, he is probably the only one.

There is a ton of profanity in this book.  There is one sex scene and a ton of sexual innuendos and sex jokes.  The bullying in this book is severe.  Blaze is ridiculed, her property is vandaled, and she is told to "go kill herself."  For those reasons, I would recommend this book to older teens rather than the tween set.

I loved all the comic book references in this book.  I really wish the book could have been illustrated-  I wanted to get my hands on that comic book Blaze made.  The dialogue in this book was clever and entertaining.  I found myself laughing at the soccer teams antics and reading slowly so I would catch every joke and detail.  The entire concept of the book was engaging and so relevant.  Bullying really has become as much of an online problem as in the schools.  Sexting is rampant and people really do take their problems online to deal with them. 

All in all this was an excellent contemporary about mistakes and bullying.  The comic book references and dialogue were clever and the characters were memorable.  I highly recommend this book.

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