Book Review: Blaze (or Love In The Time of Supervillians) by Laurie Boyle Crompton
Blaze, named after a comic book character by her dad, is a teenager with a lot of responsibility.
Her dad skipped town to become an actor, her mom works extreme hours as a nurse, and as a result, she’s in charge of taking care of the house, cooking all the meals, and transporting her little brother and all his soccer teammates to and from their games. Her solace? The collection of comics that her dad left behind– and the comics that she draws herself.
The story begins with a crush that she has on the teenage coach of her little brother’s soccer team– and that crush oozes into something bigger– then that something mutates, and hell breaks loose for a little while, then there’s a personal transformation, and things kind of get back on course (but also change) due to a creative solution…
Fans of superhero comics will probably appreciate all the superhero references (they went over my head), as well as the comic-like pacing and structuring of the heroine (she’s likable and creative and flawed and interesting) and the story. There were some unbelievable elements– but hey, it’s a story, not an attempted snapshot of reality.