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Madison Sabatini thought she knew who she was: an almost-sophomore with a bright future. The newest photographer on her school paper. A shopaholic with great hair and a fabulous wardrobe. Then, in a flash, everything changed.

Now she's stuck in Sandyland, a gloomy beach town in the middle of nowhere, living with her parents in a crappy hotel "suite." Instead of spending the
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by HarperTeen (first published January 1st 2000)
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Kristi
I enjoyed reading Snap, but this is one of those times that the synopsis on the back of the novel is totally misleading. If you read the above you’d think, oh kinda spooky dead people showing up in pictures, this could be interesting.

But the summary should really say. Madison Sabatini a spoiled, self centered and extremely shallow almost sophomore, dealing with adjusting to a new life, new friends, whining about wearing non-name brand clothing, and the worst life ever. Not to mention that she s
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Stephanie
From the summary, I was pretty much expecting some ghost story and how Madison managed to save the people in her photos from dying. However, this was most definitely not the case. In fact, Snap is more about Madison and her family and how she would survive in a whole new place with new friends and without money - something that she had always taken for granted.

My first impression and probably my lasting impression of Madison is that she's a spoiled brat. She is always, always, always thinking ab
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Michaelie Love
Snap by Carol Snow tells the story of a popular girl with a great life, a great house, great friends and the best spot on the best high school news paper. When her vacation cruise gets cancelled for a trip to the worst beach in her opinion, everything goes downhill fast. As she is on the beach taking pictures, a strange old women appears in her photo, but she wasn't there when she took the picture. Sounds interesting, right? It turns out that even though it had an very surprisingly interesting p ...more
Harley
Jan 28, 2011 Harley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: To every teen out there
Recommended to Harley by: The library
This book was ab-so-lute-lee A-Freakin-mazing!!!!!! I really liked how she took the whole idea of you growing into yourself and put it in a way that made you think and start saying "Oh my zombie that's how I want to know that I made an important decision". But I really liked how she made Madison think she was seeing ghosts of the dead people. It also made me think that she was seeing ghosts and that she was maybe going a little coo-ku for coco puffs. But most of all I liked how she kept the stor ...more
John Clark
Madison Sabatini is excited about the upcoming school year. She'll be a photographer on the school paper and hanging with her friends. Sure, she's a little bummed about having the two week trip to Hawaii canceled, but that's not enough to darken her horizons. When her contractor father takes a job in Sandyland, a dreary town on the coast, she's completely unprepared for what happens next. Mom announces that the whole family is going along, ostensibly to make up for the canceled trip. It doesn't ...more
Max
The summary of "Snap" is the most misleading thing I have ever read. I expected the book to be full of action, mystery, and horrific events. Instead, I got a diary of an average spoiled teenage girl. Out of 221 pages, only maybe ten were about ghosts in the photograph. The author completely abandons the idea of ghosts in the middle of the story and wrote about Madison's love life. In my opinion, Snow should have just gotten rid of the ghost part (which isn't much) and made it a book about teenag ...more
Terry
Adult Reader Reaction: The story is gripping and fun. Madison is a character you want to cheer for and yell at, sometimes all at once. She has so much depth, but can also be shallow - which allows the readers to make choices for themselves. Madison's parents and the other adults in the story are genuine; not at all over-the-top or stereotypical. Given the cover and blurb on the back I was expecting something eerier. Even so, I wasn't disappointed. This is a great book.

Pros: Fully developed chara
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Katie
Madison did not think this was how she would be spending her summer. She pictured herself in Hawaii with her family. Instead they are spending it at the worst beach she has ever been to. Sandyland, USA. Not exactly paradise.

There is nothing to do in Sandyland so Madison spends her time taking pictures at the beach. When her camera breaks she ends up at Psychic Photo where she meets some strange characters. Delilah, Leo, Duncan, Rose, and Larry. They make up a very unique family and somehow Madis
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The Bookologist
Madison Sabatini thought she knew who she was: an almost-sophomore with a bright future. The newest photographer on her school paper. A shopaholic with great hair and a fabulous wardrobe. Then, in a flash, everything changed.

Now she's stuck in Sandyland, a gloomy beach town in the middle of nowhere, living with her parents in a crappy hotel "suite." Instead of spending the summer with her friends at home, she's hanging out with pink-haired Delilah, an artist who works in a shop called Psychic P
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Sharon
After reading both Switched and Snap by Carol Snow I have to say that I am unquestionably a fangirl. What I love about Carol Snow the most is , her ability to create a broad variety of attention-grabbing, and charming characters.

In Snap in particular we are introduced to a main character whose love of photography and family problems make her both an entirely relatable and sympathetic character. I felt so bad for Madison when she had to move and leave everything behind. Yet, she comes to grow as
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Melissa
Preppy and pampered Madison Sabatini has just about everything going for her. She got the job as photographer for her school newspaper, she has great friends, great clothes, and she is going on a Hawaiian vacation on her summer break with enough time left at the end of the summer to come home for the newspaper’s pool party. That is, until her parents cancel the trip and inform her that they are going to Sandyland instead. She suspects something is up with her parents, her dad isn’t talking much ...more
Sara Grochowski
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
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Yan
Snap was one of those novels that you can’t assume about based off the summary. This book was more about Madison and her moving to a new town, losing her old friends, her perfectly planned school year, and a potential boyfriend. It was less about the eerie scenario of her photograph and the possible deaths related to it.

Snap was a decent read for someone looking to take time away. I really didn’t get much of Maddie’s character as she seemed shallow this few chapters around. She did, however, gro
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Briana
Dec 15, 2009 Briana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
Original/full review here: http://thebookpixie.blogspot.com/2009...

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When I first read the premise of Snap, I automatically thought, “Wow! I’m going to love this book. The main character has a passion for photography just like I do. Plus there is a supernatural twist to it.” Needless to say, I was somewhat disappointed when this book failed to live up to my expectations.

Snap was a lot more about Madison adjusting to her new life in a new town than it was about the mysterious people showing u
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Trisha W.
When I read the description of this book I knew that I had to get my hands on a copy of it. So I posted a blog post on here to trade a book of mine for a copy of this book. I got my copy and couldn't wait for it to get here-Thanks Cindy!! After reading the description on the back of the book I was thinking that it was going to be a YA suspense book. Ghosts popping up in pictures, Madison moving to a sleepy beach town. And I have to say that I was a bit disappointed in this book. BUT, I still lik ...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: Snap was a fun novel. There was no major depth involved but was still a fun light read. I actually liked Madison even though she seemed a bit spoiled. She reminds us all of our teenage self, you know when nothing matters but clothes, boys, and accessories. She didn't have to worry about the huge things like our parents did. I liked the premise of this story because like her, I love to take pictures. I constantly carry my camera around with me, just waiting on the perfect shot! I als ...more
khcpl teen scene
Jun 03, 2010 khcpl teen scene rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: paranormal fiction fans, Sarah Dessen fans
Preppy and pampered Madison Sabatini has just about everything going for her. She got the job as photographer for her school newspaper, she has great friends, great clothes, and she is going on a Hawaiian vacation on her summer break with enough time left at the end of the summer to come home for the newspaper’s pool party. That is, until her parents cancel the trip and inform her that they are going to Sandyland instead. She suspects something is up with her parents, her dad isn’t talking much ...more
Lauren
Nov 27, 2009 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Snap is a fun and light read making it perfect for a snowy, rainy, or even chilly day stuck at home.

While Madison's character is a bit of a spoiled brat in the beginning, she was an easy character to like (and eventually root for) as she began to show growth in becoming someone who saw that money wasn't everything. Her friends, Delilah, Duncan, and Leo, on the other hand, were more favorable to me most of the time because they each were unique and interesting, making them an absolute blast to r
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Miami University Libraries
An enjoyable novel that successfully balances a plot involving young Madison Sabatini's sudden and unexpected relocation to the small, economically downscale beach town of Sandyland, with an interesting subplot involving a series of strange, ghostlike apparitions appearing in the photographs Madison takes of her new surroundings. Snow's treatment of the Sabatini family's drop into misfortune never relies on stereotypes to cast those from either privileged or underdeveloped backgrounds, making Ma ...more
Jennifer Brown
*SLIGHT SPOILERS*

Madison (main character) was a bit of a snob. There were times when I wanted to slap some sense into her. But then the author made us readers realize that she had to make her that way in order for her change to take place. Loved that! The synopsis was a little misleading because I thought this was a ghost story, but the change made it worth reading!
Kiirsi Hellewell
I don't think this book is very well-known yet but it ought to be. It started off a bit slow but got going pretty quickly and turned into a very enjoyable book. At the beginning of the novel, Madison is a typical 15-year-old who is into clothes, fashion, friends, photography, and having fun. She's fairly self-centered and whiny.

But when her parents take her to a lame beach town for a "vacation" her digital camera starts acting...other-worldly. People that weren't in the original shot start show
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Megan
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Naomi_213
Cuando empece a leer este libro pensé que iba a ser genial leer algo completamente distinto. Realmente pensé que iba a tratar de fantasmas o algo así.
Fue una completa sorpresa saber que....no, en realidad nunca entendí todo ese asunto de los fantasmas.
Empece con dudas y termine con dudas! Que alguien me explique por favor!!!
Dejando eso a un lado, me gustó mucho como la "rica y caprichosa" protagonista se empieza a dar cuenta que el dinero no lo es todo y como con pocas cosas puedes ser feliz sí
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William
An enjoyable novel that successfully balances a plot involving young Madison Sabatini's sudden and unexpected relocation to the small, economically downscale beach town of Sandyland, with an interesting subplot involving a series of strange, ghostlike apparitions appearing in the photographs Madison takes of her new surroundings. Snow's treatment of the Sabatini family's drop into misfortune never relies on stereotypes to cast those from either privileged or underdeveloped backgrounds, making Ma ...more
Sharon
7th&up. Rather liked this tale of a spoiled, kind of self-centered girl who ends up moving to a "craptacular" seaside town when her parents fall on hard times and lose their house and all their possessions. Along with a huge change in lifestyle, Madison can't even find comfort in her favorite pastime, photography, because her camera seems to have picked up a nasty habit of foretelling death. Go figure.
Pretty solid characters, especially Madison- who is far from perfect, but likable nonethele
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Kapri
I wasn't quite sure how Carol Snow would do with this book. I wasn't too impressed with Switch, but Snap was different. I thought it was pretty good.
If your expecting Snap to be mysterious and scary, it's really not. It is a little, but mostly its about other things. The description is a little decieving. For the most part, the paranormal parts tied in with the rest pretty well. Anyway, snap was pretty original. At times, Madison could be a little over the top and dramatic. (SPOILER!!) Also, tow
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PSmith
It was an okay read. An affluent young girl suddenly pivoted into semi poverty due to her father's reversal of fortunes, and how she adjusts to it. She had to move from her comfortable home to a rundown motel at barely a moment's notice, at first even without the knowledge of her parents' condition or plans, and later has to cope with weird friends, and her camera sometimes showing spooky pics of people who are not there. Maybe I didnot like it as much as I am not a great fan of romance and I st ...more
melissa1lbr
While I liked the idea behind the book, I thought it would have been better without the paranormal aspect. The portrayal of how Madison dealt with the changes in her situation and how she interacted with new people and her parents were the most interesting to me. I liked how the dynamic of the family changed and how she was trying to come to terms with it. The romance was pretty good too, though I tended to like Duncan more than Madison. Just a so-so book for me. Full review at One Librarian's B ...more
Jennifer R.
Loved it. Anything paranormal is always suspenseful and thrilling. I just hated that it was so short.
Lori
Overall I thought Snap was a good story. It painted a realistic picture about families today that may be got way over their head living the good life through their credit cards. Their wonderful life style suddenly fell apart like a house of cards when Madison's father became unemployed.

This aside the reason I was first interested in Snap was the subplot mentioned in the summary about dead people appearing in Madison's digital camera photos. However this part of the book wasn't done to my satisf
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