Author: Carol Snow
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Genre: Teen/YA, Mystery
Rating: 4 out of 5
Melanie thought she had a great life – school was going well for her, her photography was really taking off, and she had the best friends anyone could ask for. Sure, she didn’t have a boyfriend, but nobody’s life is perfect, right? All in all, she didn’t think she had much to complain about.
Then her parents announced that the family was taking a trip to the beach for the summer – except it’s like no vacation Melanie’s ever been on. The hotel is horrible, and Melanie’s parents are acting weirder than ever. Bewildered, Melanie takes refuge in her photographs. But when people who she is certain aren’t there when she’s taking the photographs start appearing in them, Melanie isn’t sure what to think. She turns to some of the other kids in town for help in order to figure out what in the world might be going on.
Snap is one of the latest novels in the Paranormal YA craze. While I don’t like horror, I do very much enjoy ghost stories, so this book really appealed to me. I wasn’t entirely certain it was a ghost story when I picked it up, but it was sufficiently creepy to satisfy my wish to read a gothic mystery.
I liked the character of Melanie. She did her best to adapt to new situations and really tried to be nice and considerate to those around her. I really felt bad about what was happening to her; I had a lot of sympathy for her and could relate to her character very well. Snow did a great job in creating a sympathetic protagonist.
However, Snow also created a realistic teenager in Melanie – she was a bit of a brat. She looked down on those around her and honestly thought she was better than them because she was used to better clothes and more “popular” friends – these were just her sympathy summer friends. As a result, she could be a bit mean at times. That’s honestly not a criticism of the character, though. Snow’s portrayal of Melanie is real – this is exactly how I’d see a teenager acting in these circumstances. Melanie isn’t ever really annoying, and her snobby attitude is subtle and melts away over the course of the book. I appreciated how Snow could make Melanie seem like such a real person – her flaws were apparent, but they didn’t make me like Melanie any less.
The mystery in Snap is good, but it isn’t completely satisfying. I wasn’t thrilled with the way it was resolved. The actual progression of the story is great, but the explanation is a bit lackluster. Still, I enjoyed reading it – I thought it was a creative plot and it really was deliciously creepy at times!
Snap is a short and sweet read that’s perfect if you’re in the mood for something light. I really enjoyed it, and will definitely be going back and reading Carol Snow’s previous book of this genre, Switch.