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...
If I had to describe Blaze, the book, in one or two words, I would simply say GIRL POWER! Sex, parent troubles, peer pressure, sibling issues, high school, and sexting are all subjects that Crompton looks at in this story. Blaze, the main character, is a feisty teenager who makes typical teen mistakes, often acts without thinking, and has been dealt a pretty tough hand in life. Yet every time she is knocked down by adversity, she jumps back up swinging. Named Blaze by her comic book-loving father, she draws comics and thinks Superhero. It is ultimately this very strong outlook on life that gets Blaze through one disappointment and letdown after another. Blaze is the type of character that I want my daughter and other young girls and women to emulate as they navigate the difficult maze of life. Five stars for a great story, awesome comic strip drawings, terrific message, and overall positive book!
Reviewer Rating: 5 STARS!!!
Thank you to the Publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program for a honest review!