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Check out today's guest post with Laurie on writing!
Laurie previously visited A Backwards Story with a guest post regarding her previous novel,
BLAZE (Or Love in the Time of Supervillains.)
I've also previously reviewed BLAZE!
I really appreciate the way Laurie Boyle Crompton brings real, ordinary, everyday human beings to life. In BLAZE, she featured, among other things, a girl who loved comic books--and drawing them. In ADRENALINE CRUSH, she brings more non-traditional characters to life, from tattoo-decorated parents (complete with a mother sporting purple highlights) to a young, disabled war veteran. It's so nice to see characters that break the "normal" mode and think outside the box! The main character, Dyna, doesn't feel alive unless she's outdoors embracing life. Very little seems to scare her, and she's always willing to try new things. At times, it seems like Dyna is hiding something painful, but she always cuts her sentences short. Whatever it is, she didn't even reveal it to herself. And maybe "it" didn't exist outside of my own head. It took a while to embrace Dyna. Her personality completely changes as the novel progresses and she becomes more likable, though at the same time, I would have liked a little more consistency. Then again, maybe Dyna is hiding who she is after her accident. She's been scared into reality. Or maybe she just didn't want to rely on the shock factor when trying to build new relationships. I don't know. I did like her more as she evolved, however.
I also have mixed feelings on the alternative healing center that Dyna attends. I think it's awesome that patients are taught to conquer and overcome their fears. Certain assignments, however, are dangerous. Not everyone in the group is able--or willing--to do every assignment, and they shouldn't be required to. What if something goes wrong or not everyone is properly prepared/equipped to face someone else's assignment? I think the theory is great in moderation, and the group therapy sessions definitely helped Dyna, but I know I wouldn't sign up for this treatment style.
While there were a few problematic elements, there were some great ones, too. I loved the strong, healthy family dynamic so much. It's too rare in YA these days. And I love the ultimate message that Dyna embraces toward the end. The book is also under 200 pages, so it's great if you're looking for something laid-back to read in one sitting!