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Freeze Frame

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  544 ratings  ·  96 reviews
No matter how many times Kyle rewrites the scene, he can't get it right. He tries it in the style of Hitchcock, Tarantino, Eastwood, all of his favorite directors—but regardless of the style, he can't remember what happened that day in the shed. The day Jason died. And until he can, there is one question that keeps haunting Kyle: Did he kill his best friend on purpose?


Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by HarperTeen (first published October 1st 2008)
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It is never easy to lose someone who is close to you.

Imagine what it would be like to see your best friend day. You were just hanging out together, and you come across a gun in the shed. The two of you are looking at it, and it goes off. Now, your friend is dead ... and everyone blames you.

This is exactly what happens to Kyle, when his best friend Jason dies. Everyone seems to want to know what happened in the she. The problem is that Kyle can't quite seem to remember. It's like his memory get
Feb 26, 2009 Wendy added it
Loved the presentation of narrative: after a shot is fired, the protagonist can't remember who pulled the trigger, so the scene is replayed 14 different time in the style of various filmmakers as he works it out. Original and gripping.
Mar 09, 2009 Tasha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
Kyle can't remember what happened in the moments before his best friend Jason died. He tries to write the scene many different ways in the styles of his favorite film directors, but nothing fills in that blank in his memory. Did he mean to kill his friend? What happened in those few seconds? And why can't he remember?

Ayarbe's first novel is a dark nest of tension, doubt and fear. Her ingenious use of film and novels as a language to psychology will make the book very accessible to teens who enjo
This is one of the saddest books I have ever read. I cried for the majority of the book.

Freeze Frame is about a boy named Kyle who shot his best friend and killed him. Kyle is not put into jail but is put on probation until he is 18. Throughout the beginning of the story we see Kyle falling to pieces. He has killed his best friend and he doesn't know if it was an accident or not.

Kyle is in a dark place. He gets into fights and has pent up rage. The only way he can work past his anger is by rea
I stumbled upon this book by accident in the library a long time ago and was intrigued by the interesting premise.
Kyle has a best friend, Jason.
Kyle had a best friend and he killed him.
Thus begins a long, heartbreaking trip into guilt and despair as Kyle is known as the guy who killed his bestfriend.
You don't get a full recount of what really happened until the end but you get Kyle struggling to recap the death scenes in multiple movie shots. You get to see who Jason was and the strength of hi
This book was intense. Remembering what happened the day Jason died along with Kyle is heartbreaking.
This book is so so so so sad!!!!! I had to hold back tears within the first few chapters and from then on. I didn't finish this book because I hate crying and feeling sad. Some books are so amazing but the end is sad and I cry, which I'm ok with. But this book made me cry the whole length.

At first I kept reading because i wanted to find out why Kyle couldn't remember that moment in the shed. But after a while, I realized this book wasn't so much of a mystery as I thought it would be. It's more
Brittany Solarz
This book wasn't as great as my family told me it was. I didn't cry at the moment they thought I would and I didn't really think it had a good plot. The book was the slightest bit repetitive and dragged on a bit.
another book about loss and the feelings and recovery after death. as the story unfolds, I was really caught up in it and wanted to see how it ended. Plus a great Umlee and Neebles page A+++
I'll be honest. I cried. I've never had a best friend so that makes it worse for me, but Kyle is one of those characters that you just want to either scream in his face or hug him tightly and say "Hey dude, it's going to be okay!" I keep thinking of all the different scientific fiction that this could turn it into, but that's another thing. The characters were awesome, but could have given some more detail you know? And to kill off a character like that so early (like 5 pages in I think) pretty ...more
Jan 15, 2009 Luke rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Luke by: Erin
Shelves: favoritebooks
It's was a cold morning. Kyle invited his best friend Jason to come over. As best friend they usually have fun and get into trouble, typically boy best friend. This time it was no fun and games. At 10:46 Jason passed away by a gun shot. Who shot Jason? His best friend Kyle. Now Kyle is behind bars for the killing of Jason Bishop.All Kyle can thinking about was that early morning as movie on re-play.Starting with making pancake at home,then it ends at the hospital and Jason death time at 10:46am.
I love reading this book from start to finish. It was a good break from all the fantasy I've been reading. The realism stood out to me - the almost stream-of-consciousness the book hits on at times. This made it very moving and gripping to read. What also engaged me were the subtle metaphors using simple, everday objects as vehicles of greater meaning. They tie a lot of thematic elements together, conveying the emotions that Kyle can't feel. Also, Kyle's darkish, wry sense of humor in the face o ...more
Impressive. This is the adjective that keeps popping into my mind when thinking about how to describe Freeze Frame by Heidi Ayarbe. Freeze Frame is about a teenage boy who kills his best friend with a gun. It’s disturbing that Freeze Frame is about a tragedy caused by the main character. Furthermore, for the bulk of the book we don’t even know if the death was intentional. Yet we still have to care for Kyle because we’re constantly in his head. That Ayarbe is able to pull off such a novel is imp ...more
Freeze Frame by Heidi Ayarbe is a good book about a teenager trying to deal with killing his bestfriend, Jason. Set in first person, the author really shows how Kyle, the main character, can deal with not only killing his best friend, but his loss of memmory about that piticular "sene". Kyle uses the format of a movie script to help him deal with the death and try to remember. Along the way, Kyle meets friends that help him figure out what happened that day that Jason died. The authors use of th ...more
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No matter how hard he tries, Kyle just can't figure out that one scene that completes the movie he feels like he's in.

He has the beginning scenes. The first scene where Kyle and his best friend, Jason, are eating pancakes. As always, Jason uses up all of the syrup, making Kyle's dad go out and buy some more. After a little quarrel between the two, followed by an insult to his sister, Kyle and Jason run outside into the freezin
I would recommend the book ‘’Freeze Frame’’ by Heidi Ayarbe to a friend because it’s a very realistic book with lots of twist and turns that made me not want to put the book down. An example of suspense in the book is when Kyle says, ‘’Did I do it on purpose?’’(pg. 89) In this book the main character Kyle shoots his best friend, Jason, with his dad's gun in the shed behind his house. Throughout the book Kyle is not sure if he did it or why he did. I think that that is very suspenseful but others ...more
“I never forget that Jason was my best friend.”
“No. But you do forget that you were his.”


Kyle’s got a nifty way of thinking about things then presenting them. The thing is, like him, I didn’t quite understand all the mollycoddling that followed. His guilt, his confusion… both these, came across loud and clear. Him pushing others away, him feeling like he’d let everyone down, and they Jason given the decision? I felt it all plausible. His not remembering, his pain… then him trying to cope m
Five words to describe the book: mysterious, gripping, disappointing, anticlimactic, mature

It's been a while since I read Freeze Frame, and it was classified under the 'social issues' genre, but to me it was more like a psychological thriller, more or less. The protagonist, one morning, is playing around in his father's shed with his friend, when he finds a gun. He can't remember what happened next, but after that, he discovered his friend lying on the floor, blood pouring from a bullet wound. T
Erin Forson
Freeze Frame
by Heidi Ayarbee
Do you believe that just one moment can change the entire course of your life? After reading this book, I do. Kyle is 16 when he and his very best friend, Jason, wander into Kyle's dad's shed, but both of them don't walk out. The novel is chilling. I can't tell you a whole lot about it, though—otherwise I'll spoil the plot. I will tell you that I felt Kyle's character was extremely real. In Kyle's situation I think I would feel very much like he does. He has to deal w
Jan 29, 2009 Rebecca rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 8th grade and up
Recommended to Rebecca by: Erin & Luke
Thanks to Erin and Luke for recommending this new page-turner! Kyle's best friend Jason is shot, and Kyle's got the gun in his hand. But why on earth would he shoot his best friend, and why can't he remember the moment it happened?

This was one of the best books I've read dealing with the death of a friend, not to mention the suffocating guilt and confusion of not knowing the truth. As the months pass and the layers of Kyle's suffering are peeled back, you begin to see that the BFFs may not have
Daniel Mccarthy
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Oct 18, 2011 Mercedes rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mercedes by: Libraian
I desided to pick up this book at a librarian's recomendation and I'm so greatful I did.

The author uses short but effective details that don't distract the reader from the internal conflict rage on in Kyle's heart, mind and soul. The internal diologe really alowed for more insight than you would usually expect.

This book had me crying at the end of almost every chapter. I felt the message "friendship can over come death and good friends understand that stuff happens" very stongly in this book and
Abby Johnson
Something happened that morning in the shed and if Kyle could only remember what it was, things might be okay. Jason is dead. There was a gun. But though Kyle can remember the scenes before and after the shooting, he can't remember what, exactly, happened to Jason. Guilt consumes him as he deals with the aftermath of the incident and, with the help of some new friends, deals with his feelings and starts to heal.

I found the plot pretty gripping and I loved the author's incorporation of Kyle's lo
I don't give five stars very often, but this one was very deserving of that rating. While it isn't your typical boy protagonist kind of novel, I was very thankful. There were many times in the book that i found myself tearing up at the scene being described. It might be because I just experienced the unexpected and somewhat violent death of my young neice, but the way that the author described the ones left behind after the death in the book was so real. The anger, confusion, pain, suffering, an ...more
Andrew C
The book I read, Freeze Frame by Heidi Ayarbe, is an interesting story. Freeze Frame is about a teenage boy named Kyle and something that happened with his friend Jason. I can give you a hint what happened, "Kyle's best friend is dead. Kyle pulled the trigger. Theres only one question he can't answer. Why?" Can you guess what happened? This book is interesting, but I don't really think its a "page turner". One thing I found interesting is in some parts, the author wrote a line as if someones wat ...more
Jay T.
A dark and some what depressing book, Freeze Frame, really Grabbed a hold of me. There were many things in this book that I could relate to. Have you ever heard some one say something about what they do, and laugh inside, because you realized you do that exact thing? This book had a lot of those in it, which, makes the already good book even better.

It is a very relaxed book, but at the same time, it's not for the faint hearted. I know that sounds weird, but What I mean by that is, It's a relaxe
A few years ago, the school where I teach was rocked by the accidental shooting death of a well-like student. With that connection in mind - and Ellen Hopkins's favorable back-cover blurb - I dug into this with a mixture of hope and hesitation. The first 150 pages were difficult to read, either because Kyle is devastated into numbness by the death of his best friend, or because the pacing is off. Eventually, this picked up and became a good, realistic story of life after unimaginable tragedy.

I w
I was between a 3 and 4 star on this one, so I just upped it to 4. This book kept me thinking that if this every happened to me or someone I know- this is exactly what he/she/me would be feeling. The trauma and turmoil that Kyle goes through is so real and true. How the other characters act towards him was also so true to how I'd imagine it. You had it all. The hate, the denial, the trust, the friendships...everything.

Right before you hit the middle of the book, you kind of think to yourself, "O
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