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Magan: Blaze (or Love in the Time of …) by Laurie Crompton

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton (web | tweet) Publication Date: February 1, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 309 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: superheroes, sexting, comic books, divorced parents Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thank you!) Summary: Blaze retaliates against the boy, Mark, who uses her for sex by drawing and publishing a […]

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February 26, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Alexa Y. - This book sounds interesting enough, and I do like that she loves comics (since that’s very rare in the books I read). However, I feel truly uncomfortable with the whole sex situation, especially because I totally do not believe having unprotected sex should be left unaddressed.

February 21, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Magan - Kailia — I think the most frustrating part was that there was never any mention of repercussions. Like, there’s a momentary mention of something later, and then NO BIG DEAL. If she’s going to be so blatant about all of the sexual things, I wished that Crompton would have gone further with it. Talk about STDs or pregnancy and take it further. Make a point instead of just letting it hang. I’m not so upset about the unprotected sex as it just seemed unnecessary because nothing ever came of it. Does that make sense?

February 21, 2013 - 11:58 am

Magan - Asheley, you’re very right. Very little in the repercussions department for Mark. I think that’s a great way to think about books – would I want my kids to read this? And no, I don’t think this would be a very good example for them. Mark was disgraceful and Blaze wasn’t the best role model. 🙁

February 19, 2013 - 11:30 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I’ve been seeing reviews similar to this out and about. I just won a copy of this book so I’ll probably highlight it on the blog during contemporary month but I have to admit that I have some reservations going into it. That sex scene, for one. And I’ve read that there aren’t very many repurcussions or punishments (?) for Mark the Shark for his behavior, which I find kind of not okay. Not sure I would want my girls picking up a book that deals with such big, scary, real issues in a sloppy way. (I don’t mean to judge harshly, but I do have kids and sometimes it affects how I read some of these issues books, ya know?)

Great honest review, Magan. Love it.

February 18, 2013 - 12:36 am

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - As a teenager who sees this happen WAY too many times (I’ve heard plenty of times from pregnant girls at school that they didn’t think one time of unprotected sex could result in pregnancy), I have to admit: I’m glad it made you uncomfortable. Maybe that was the authors purpose? I feel like instead of hiding it or making it more…PG 13, it was reality. While I can understand the whole rushed part-which is a shame- I can understand Blaze. I’ve met way to many girls like her. It is sad. Great review Megan!

February 14, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Magan - Sharon — yes, I think maybe going into it with realistic expectations will make the reading experience better. I can’t wait to see what you thought of it.
Bookworm, I agree – the brother was a great, great character. Probably my favorite, to be honest! 🙂
Ginger — it definitely could have used some fine-tuning and simplification. And I definitely feel someone should have done some editing on that sex scene.

February 14, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Magan - Renae – yes, most definitely rushed at the end. It had so, so much potential, but the more I think about it, the more disappointed I am. 🙁

February 14, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Magan - Lori — I did relate to her in the beginning, but then we kind of lost touch after that. :-/

February 14, 2013 - 6:27 am

Lori - I’ve heard some really good things about this book. Blaze sounds like a great character. I love that you could relate to her situation so well!

February 13, 2013 - 9:05 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - This almost reminds me of a Disney Channel movie that I saw when I was a kid—Read It and Weep, which was about a girl who’s comic strip about her alterego taking down school bullies leaked. (Or at least, I think that’s what it was about—it’s been YEARS.) Anyway, I think this sounds like an interesting take on teen bullying. It’s a shame, though, that it wasn’t handled quite as well as it could have been, and that the ending bits were rushed and cramped together more than you’d have liked, Magan.

February 13, 2013 - 9:56 am

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - I just saw this book the other day while walking through Barnes & Noble (for fun rather than work, for once), and it looked fun! I love the cover. Alas, after reading this review, I have realized that this story isn’t nearly as appealing to me as it may have seemed from the cover blurb. I may still pick it up eventually, but I will have more realistic expectations for what to expect. Thanks for the honest review.

February 13, 2013 - 9:20 am

Bookworm1858 - Yes, I was definitely disappointed about the unprotected sex scene, especially in this day and age. I really liked the brother though and thanks for sharing your somewhat similar experience with a crush.

February 13, 2013 - 8:41 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Hmm I have issues with books that portray unprotected sex as not a big deal (or no deal at all)– especially when the target audience is teens. I get that this happens, but it still doesn’t make it ok. This books sounds like it had a lot going on. Not sure I’d be a fan of so much, ya know? Thanks for the honest review Magan.