L.K. Madigan’s debut, FLASH BURNOUT, does that thing that only really good books do: it says something new about every-day life. you will recognize Madigan’s protagonists — photographer and class-clown Blake, his sweet and athletic girlfriend Shannon, his just-a-friend fellow photographer, the talented-but-troubled Marissa. you will recognize their conflicts — dark family secrets, the pressures of teen life, the hazy boundaries between friendship, love and lust. what is surprising and stunning is the grace with which Madigan handles these ungraceful situations. perfectly capturing the teen mind, with an ending that is so exactly right it left me breathless, FLASH BURNOUT is a book i will be recommending to every teen I know (or that crosses my path).