[Review] Future Flash by Kita Murdock

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Title:
Future Flash
Author: Kita Murdock
Pub. Date: June 3rd, 2014
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Genre: MG, Paranormal
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Rating: ★★★.5

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For as long as she can remember, Laney has been having “future flashes”—visions of the future that she sees when she makes physical contact with another person. Left on a doorstep as a baby, Laney’s past has always been cloudy to her, despite the clarity with which she can see the future. Her caretaker, Walt, claims to be her father, but Laney has a nagging suspicion that he isn’t quite telling her the entire truth. And when a new kid, Lyle, moves to her small town, Laney is dreading meeting him—she almost always gets a future flash when first meeting someone new, and the flashes aren’t always good. Unfortunately, her meeting with Lyle isn’t just bad; it’s painful. Engulfed in flames, Lyle’s future flash is the worst Laney’s ever experienced. But what does it mean? Is there anything Laney can do to change the future? And will she be able to save Lyle not only from a fiery death but also from the merciless class bully without becoming a victim of his antics herself?

In this thrilling and imaginative middle grade novel from author Kita Helmetag Murdock, follow Laney as she works against the clock to understand her past and prevent the disaster looming in the future.

MY REVIEW

      Future Flash is an intriguing story about a young girl who struggles with not fitting in as well as seeing the future.

      Laney is young and still easily influenced, so when a new kid named Lyle walks into her school and nobody seems eager to accept him into their group of friends, Laney doesn’t either. In fact, she sees how others regard him and makes it her mission to stay away from him. However, that goes horribly wrong when not only does she draw out a vision in class that depicts a fiery death, but she also has a fit right in the middle of gym while touching Lyle, which puts more pressure from bullies onto him. Determined to right the wrongs she has caused but to also not fall under the radar of the bullies, Laney attempts to make things right after classes when no one is around. With time and effort, a beautiful friendship forms and though the bullies don’t go away, at least Laney and Lyle have each other.

Aside from her visions and trouble at school, Laney has to deal with  few things at home. Having never met her mother, she’s curious to know about her but her father refuses to speak on the subject. Growing up she didn’t mind, especially since her dad is dating a very lovely woman that Laney adores. But then paintings emerge from hiding and someone from the past finally answers Laney’s questions.

Struggling with so much at such a young age, it’s amazing to see how Laney cracks under pressure and yet only ever has one true tantrum. Immersing herself in her drawings helps her, and though she’s been through a lot, she is mature enough to listen to her father after her initial rant. Her journey is made all the better with her strength and bravery, especially when her vision about Lyle finally comes to be reality. With knowledge from her vision and hope they’ll listen to her,  Laney attempts to control the situation.

Strength, bravery, family, and friendship, that’s what this book is about. Drawn in by the visions and hooked by the family dynamics, you won’t be able t put this book down!

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