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Monday, August 24, 2009

Review: Snap by Carol Snow

Title: Snap
Author: Carol Snow
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pub. Date: August 25, 2009
Genre: YA
Main themes: Family, Supernatural, Ghosts, Love, Photography
Pages: 224
Plot (from back of ARC):

“Madison thought she knew who she was. Then everything changed in a flash.
Stuck in a strange, sleepy beach town, Madison throws herself into her one passion: photography. But when bizarre figures start appearing in her pictures, people who weren’t there to begin with – and are later reported dead – Madison begins to question everything about who she is… and who she wishes she could be.”

Snap first caught my eye because of the cover, which I actually like and think fits the novel really well, but it was the summary that drew me in. I am a photography hobbyist (think dark rooms and winding my own film), so the fact that Madison is a photographer was interesting. Furthermore, Madison is a photographer who sees dead people in her pictures (I am not this type of photographer) made her even more intriguing.

The supernatural aspect was well done. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but I like that – it would have been boring if everything had turned out just as I’d expected it to. I thought it was really interesting that Madison didn’t have any supernatural ability, but that the camera itself was capturing images of the ghosts. It reminded me a bit of those ghost hunting shows on television.

Throughout most of the book I was not a fan of Madison. She honestly was so unlikeable – spoiled, rude, stuck-up, and immature are words that come to mind when I think of Madison. I don’t feel too bad about feeling this way though, as I’m fairly certain Madison was meant to be viewed this way at the onset of the novel. And, in ways, I can see a bit of my younger self in her. Madison is young and it was kind of refreshing to see her act her age – complete with immaturity and annoying habits and attitudes. Luckily, Madison learns some lessons throughout the novel, gaining maturity and insight. Unfortunately, it takes about four-fifths of the novel to reach this point.

There is a minor romantic plot line in Snap as well. I liked the boy, Duncan, who sounded like a cute skater, much like a boy I would have liked when I was Madison’s age. Again though, Madison made annoyed me with her horrible treatment of him. But I must admit, once again, that I remember girls my age (and maybe me, if I’m being completely honest), treat boys just like Madison treats Duncan.

Ratings (out of 10):
Characters: 8
Plot: 10
Writing style: 10
Romance: 8
Originality: 10
Total: 46/50 (A-)

Overall, Snap was a good coming of age story with a supernatural twist. Madison is a very realistic character, which makes her simultaneously refreshing and utterly horrible. After all, she is a young teenage girl – they are generally horrible at some point or another. Snap incorporates many different story lines: romantic, supernatural, and familial, making the novel a novel with a little bit for everyone!


  1. Interesting review. I'll have to check this out(:

  2. Oh this sounds so awesome -- like a movie but even better!

  3. This sounds really good, and I like the cover too. Thanks for the review!

  4. "Madison is a photographer who sees dead people in her pictures (I am not this type of photographer)"

    That made me laugh so hard, I am not kidding. I Can't wait to read this one after reading your review. It looks really good.

  5. I love this cover too and I liked your honest opinion about Madison. Very interesting supernatural twist and glad it kept you guessing a bit!

    Kim :)

  6. Sounds like a good book. I hope I don't hate Madison though. Hating the MC usually makes me not care a/b whatever happens to him/her.


  7. Great review. I am really looking forward to this book. I also really like that she does not have an ability, nice twist.

  8. The idea that she can see dead people in her photos is really intriguing. I haven't read much super natural and this is a nice take to it.
    Thanks for the review and not having any spoilers for us. I'm looking foward to reading this book!

  9. I like the cover too. Eeep! I always hate it when I dislike the character, but sometimes that's what makes the character real.

  10. The first thing that caught my attention was the cover too.The story sounds kind of scary with dead people showing up in the pictures

  11. Great Review1 She is seeing dead people in her pictures, awesome.

  12. Good review. I just finished this book yesterday and through the whole book I kept thinking "When are the ghosts coming back?" by the description on the back of the book it seems like it is going to be a YA suspense but it turns out not to be. I was a little disappointed. But the book was still good.

    (This is basically what my review of the book looked like last night. lol)

  13. I loved Switch, so I can only think good things about Snap and Carol!

  14. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, supernatural/paranormal books!! This really sounds like my type of book. Switch was amazing!! Though I never really paid attention to who wrote it (sorry)!!

  15. This was a really good review. I don't like it when the main characters are annoying, though. I just finished reading a book and the character seems just like Madison.

  16. Sounds great! I love the supernatural plot. I love the fact that it is so unusual. Thanks for the great review.

  17. I think it sounds interesting. I've been reading alot of books with ghosts in them lately.

  18. This sounds good. I like books with a supernatural twist.

  19. This book sounds really good. I like how it's different from the other paranoraml books I read.

  20. Ooh... this book sounds like fun! I like photography and the paranormal, so I'd love to read it!


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