Saturday, July 20, 2013

Book Review: Blaze (Or Love in the Time of Supervillians) by Laurie Boyle Crompton

 
Release Date: 2/1/13
Author: Laurie Boyle Crompton
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Provided By: The Publisher at Book Expo America
 
 
 
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...
 
 
 

 
 
Laurie Boyle Crompton is the YA author of BLAZE (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) and THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH (Sourcebooks, 2013 & 2014) as well as the upcoming ADRENALINE from Farrar Straus Giroux. Laurie graduated first in her class from St. John’s University with a major in English and minor in Journalism. She’s written for national magazines like ALLURE as well as numerous trade publications and has appeared on Good Day New York several times as a Toy Expert. Yes, that is an actual thing that people sometimes get to be.
 
When she’s not writing Laurie enjoys hiking, cycling, reading, cross-country skiing, running, going to the movies and drinking tea by the gallon. She lives near NYC, but loves to escape to the mountains in New Paltz, NY where she and her family can often be found climbing over rocks or tromping through the forest.  She is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Agency.
 
(from Website)
 

 
No book trailer to be found, but a pretty cool reading by Laurie Boyle Crompton of the opening scene of Blaze.
Provided by Bumbles and Fairy Tales (via You Tube).
 
 




At first, I thought Blaze (Or Love in the Time of Supervillians) was something only my comic book loving Uncle Neal would like. Then, I realized that Blaze is the story of almost every teenage girl in high school with a main character that loves to read/draw comics.  Blaze is a highly responsible teenager with a big crush on her little brother’s soccer coach.  She decides to take a risk and go for him only to find out he is a huge jerk.  She has to discover the harsh truth that, in high school, one big mistake can label you for good.
 
Blaze was excellently written.  I felt all of her emotions; her excitement over the hot popular guy liking her, her desperation when he was slipping away, and her heart break over the judgment of her classmates.  Everyone knows how cruel high school kids can be.  Blaze had to deal with an extreme amount of bullying and public embarrassment.  She was so defeated and depressed, but the author did a great job of turning it around for the positive.  
High school does end and people get fresh starts.  Blaze (Or Love in the Time of Supervillians) was a great YA book that every high school library should have on its shelf.
 
 
 

 
 
 

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