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Still Photo

4.56  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Jess Waterford’s mother is evil. Since she took off seven years ago—just days after Jess’s ninth birthday—without so much as a wave goodbye, Jess has always wondered what happened to her. And despite the end of her mother’s mental and physical abuse, the memories and the scars still remain. Jess conceals the hurt within by practicing her photography, and by spending as ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 28th 2014 by Evernight Teen (first published March 26th 2014)
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Still Photo grabbed hold of me, spun me around a few times, tipped me upside down and spat me back out the other end.

What a breathtaking and surprising journey this novel took me on. The book was engrossing, different, fresh and snappy, and I for one, was glad I got to be one of the lucky ones reading it. This is a Young Adult novel with teenage characters but do not let that for one minute put you off if you are an adult reader.

Jess Waterford’s mother is evil. Since she took off seven years ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Kim Harnes.)

“Why does she hate me so much?”

This was a really interesting YA psychological thriller, and I totally didn’t guess what was going on!

I liked Jess and Brody. Poor Jess had had such a rough time of it with her abusive mother, and I felt really sorry for her! Being beaten up regularly could not have been easy for her.

“You ruined my body. My career. If I hadn’t had you, I’d still be mo
Oct 09, 2014 Aditi rated it really liked it
Kim Harnes, an American author's debut psychological novel named, Still Photo is all about darkness and photographs, which not only awes your mind but will also send chill up your spine, and as suggested by the author, Kim Harnes, that you must specifically read this book with your lights on! My favorite quote from the book,

“Within us all lurks something dark.
The opposite of what we portray ourselves to be."

I'd like to take a moment to thank the author, for giving me this opportunity to read
I was lucky enough to get this book direct from the author Kim Harnes.

Just looking at the cover intrigued me, it told me of a person that was split, I thought, maybe split personality.
The dark tare in the middle, I thought was something sinister. I'm a sucker for book covers telling a story and this cover really did suit the plot.

We have Jessica. We have Brody. We have Jessica's Mother who is a drunk and abuses Jess. We have her Father who she loves, respects and looks up to.

But is all as it se
Kim Harnes
Aug 05, 2014 Kim Harnes rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Sometimes you become so involved in the writing
you have to put the laptop aside to stop the character's anger from coursing through your own veins. I only hope I've portrayed it on paper the way I felt it in my soul. Enjoy!
Winter Sophia Rose
Jan 17, 2016 Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing
Captivating, Breathtaking & Intriguing! A Twisted Read! I Loved It!
Marcus Damanda
Oct 12, 2014 Marcus Damanda rated it it was amazing
Still Photo, by Kim Harnes, is a shocking, unforgettable read.
Meet Jess Waterford, a more-or-less typical teenager who aspires to become a professional photographer. She lives with her single father and attends school with her boyfriend Brody Campbell, the local baseball hero. She works part-time at a photography studio with old George, learning the trade while enduring the drudgery of shooting vapid, half-naked pre-anorexic swimsuit models. In spite of a past she’d rather forget—one in which sh
Sasha Hibbs
Aug 29, 2014 Sasha Hibbs rated it it was amazing
At a glance, the cover led me to believe that I was in for a sinister, creepy ride, and I can say at the end, that is exactly what happened. There was no disappointment.

There are a few novels that at the end, I'm left scratching my Kindle screen, saying to myself in a futile attempt to make my Kindle produce more pages, "Where's the rest? I want more!" And so that was the case with Still Photo. It was just that good.

This is a genre I don't visit too often and having devoured Still Photo I thin
Huston Piner
Jul 30, 2014 Huston Piner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I had the pleasure of reading this spine-chilling book before Ms Harnes had it published. It's a dark page-turner that will keep you guessing and leave you breathless. You'll feel pulled between the psychological and supernatural elements and find yourself mystified by the author's ability to keep you guessing and keep you reading. It's a fantastic read and well worth having on your ebook/book shelf.
Chris Ledbetter
Jul 07, 2014 Chris Ledbetter rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers who enjoy psychological thrillers
Shelves: young-adult
WOW! What a ride! This story kept my mind actively engaged right to the very end! Great story crafting. This is a wild, psychologically thrilling book with more twists and turns than a roller coaster! I thoroughly enjoyed the story.
Bridie Hall
Apr 27, 2014 Bridie Hall rated it it was amazing
This was a super creepy, dark psychological read that left me breathless. Kim Harnes is a masterful writer and manages to keep you guessing from the very first, to the very last page. An outstanding YA novel and an outstanding writer. I am amazed.
Johnna Campbell
Aug 12, 2014 Johnna Campbell rated it it was amazing
This book begins with wonderful characterization that Harnes creates with her descriptive and occasionally sarcastic, yet honest and humorous, writing. The first page had me chuckling, and I couldn't wait to read on. I was hooked when I met the protagonist (Jess Waterford) and was privy to her innermost thoughts that she also expresses candidly to other characters. Even though this is a YA novel, and I am not a teen, I felt like I could relate to Jess on many levels. She is a character that many ...more
Claudette Harris
Sep 01, 2014 Claudette Harris rated it it was amazing
Very nice thriller, suspense. I enjoyed this novel very much and would try other works by this author!
Sandi Warner
Jan 13, 2015 Sandi Warner rated it it was amazing
Such a good book! The storyline immediately pulled me in and I couldn't put it down.
Tiffany Phillips
Aug 30, 2014 Tiffany Phillips rated it it was amazing
My cousin referred this to me and I'm glad she did. Excellent novel! Fast paced, and thrilling.
Summer Rackley
Aug 14, 2014 Summer Rackley rated it it was amazing
5 stars are not enough, that was the best book I've read in quite awhile!!!
Lisa Dess
Mar 21, 2015 Lisa Dess rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
Whoa!! I was SO not expecting the major plot twist which totally changed the direction of this book. Well done!

Jess is a very complex character and was SO well developed.

This book held my attention and was paced well.
Jun 02, 2015 Monse rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it had amazing description and detail leaving me with images in my head. The plot was great the turning point was insane. I especially liked the characters in the book. it felt as if I were in the story.
Debra McCracken
Dec 06, 2015 Debra McCracken rated it it was amazing
Great book with some surprising twists,; really caught me off guard, and not many books can do that!
Nov 08, 2016 Angela rated it it was amazing
From the start, I thought, what a nice young love story. Sure, things seemed a little weird, a little off, a little too perfect -- did Children of the Corn teach me nothing! Then the momentum picks up, as does the realization this isn't your typical YA trope. After which, I realized I have fallen down the rabbit hole and it's so perfectly done I only want to go deeper to find out what happens next.


I'm not going to tell you. YOU need to read this book and enjoy the freefall like I did.

Romancing the Book
Jul 04, 2016 Romancing the Book rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, thriller, contemporary
Reviewed by Heather
Book provided by the author
Originally posted at Romancing the Book

Still Photo tells the story from two points of view, Jess Waterford and Brody Campbell. I like that you can read the thoughts and feelings of both Jess and her boyfriend, Brody. They are a very playful and humorous couple. Always joking and picking on each other. It is not hard to see how in love they both are despite their young age. Both of them are still in high school, which is where most of the story takes
Sep 30, 2015 Zakiah rated it it was amazing
While reading Still Photo this novel consist of having romance and suspenseful mystery events. As a teenage girl has a passion for photography and a teenage boy is in love with the game of baseball, as a normal teenage life turns around in the blink of an eye. The reader encounters what it is like to have unfamiliarity’s with one of your parents as you try so hard to impress someone and nothing seems to be good enough. Not only that, shows the reader how curious people can be, as their curiosity ...more
Medeia Sharif
May 10, 2015 Medeia Sharif rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Jess’s hobby is photography—it is both a craft and an activity that provides comfort. Her past is one of emotional and physical abuse from her cruel mother, who disappeared when she was nine years old. When Jess receives a state-of-the-art camera from her father, she’s excited until she sees smudges on the photographs. The defects displease her, but then she realizes that all the smudges, if cut out, reveal another picture—one smudge is a brick, another a bit of a streetlamp, another a part of ...more
Jan 15, 2016 Taytem rated it it was amazing
Still photos was one of the best books I have ever read. It takes you through the tale of Jess waterfords life with flash backs and the love of her and Brody. Brody is a baseball star and Jess is an aspiring photographer. She can take the most brilliant photographs but as you get farther into the story you realize that there is more to her photos than a smudged tree or window. You are taken through her mothers murder and she uses your emotions and manipulates you into believing that it is just a ...more
Apr 12, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing
A very intense, suspenseful look into a young girl's life. Jess Waterford had been physically and mentally abused by her mother all of her life. Jess tries to let go of the past and forge ahead by losing herself in photography. She is a quite talented photographer and when she starts dating a baseball player, Brody, her life is finally improving. But then weird blurred images start showing up in all of her photographs and Jess is thrust back into the past to try to make sense of what is ...more
Wow! This got great reviews and I have to admit that for most of the book it seemed like it was geared to teens. I was getting a bit annoyed with Jess and her boyfriend and then the author did an about turn that I didn't expect or see coming. Approaching the second half of the book, you’ll say to yourself, “I know where this is going.” But you don’t. Just hang in there for the wild ride. I'm glad I read this book.

Sep 30, 2015 Summer rated it did not like it
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Martha Schwalbe
Aug 21, 2016 Martha Schwalbe rated it it was ok
With a good editor, I think this story has potential. I found it very repetitive.
Not sure to whom I'd recommend it.
Tammy Duggan
Tammy Duggan rated it really liked it
Mar 01, 2015
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Kim Harnes learned to read at the age of two and never looked back. Growing up as an avid lover of horror novels, campfire stories, and the obsession with ghost towns and cemeteries, it only made sense that her own writing would incorporate the paranormal, the bizarre, and the unexplained. She is an award-winning songwriter, an active member of the SCBWI, and currently lives with her family and ...more
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“Within us all lurks something dark.
The opposite of what we portray ourselves to be.
The Yang to the Yin.
The Ego to the Id.
The Negative to the Photograph ...”
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