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3.44  ·  Rating details ·  692 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Day Connor views life through the lens of her camera, where perspective is everything. But photographs never tell the whole story. After Day crosses paths with Julian, the world she observes and the truths she believes—neatly captured in black and white—begin to blur.

Julian does not look like a murderer, but his story is full of holes, and his alibis don’t
Hardcover, 337 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Elle (ellexamines)
There was honestly just nothing appealing about this book.

In case you haven't read the summary: the main plot is about a girl falling in love with a literal murder suspect she doesn't know. This could be interesting, except she trusts him implicitly from the beginning. It. Doesn't. Make. Any. Sense.

Girls falling in love with assholes? Just what we need more of in literature. Seriously, why was this book published?

I don't even know what more to say about this book. There's no attempt at charact
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
1.5 stars.
*Julian's mom suffered from depression and a painkiller addiction; she attempted suicide multiple times

Back when I was just a wee fourteen-year-old just getting into reading, Laurie Faria Stolarz's Blue is for Nightmares series was a small thing and her Touch series was just beginning. While looking for new reads, her books would always be right there waiting, but I never bothered with them. Well, if their quality is anything like Shutter, I'm thankful little me was never interested.

Jennifer Brown
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I feel like this book had a lot of promise but fell flat. There were so many moments of "you lied to me" "I couldn't tell you", that it got old. Then you can kind of guess how the ending would turn out, so it wasn't a dundundun moment. At least it was a fast listen! ...more
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and I am very glad I did! As someone who reads a LOT of YA, I generally find YA mystery/thrillers to be relatively mediocre or derivative, and I was very pleasantly surprised to find that Shutter was neither. The characters were believable and sympathetic, the plot was fast-paced but not too unbelievable, and the alternating viewpoints added depth to both the characters of Day and Julian, and to the plot.

The thing that really pushed it over the
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
(May Contain Spoilers)

So I just finished Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz.
It was a great mysterious quick read- perfect for October.

I have never read Laurie's work before, and this was a great introduction into her work.

Julian escaped from a Juvinile Detention center, suspected for murdering his parents. Day crosses paths with Julian and is determined to dig deeper and learn the facts about his case.

Did he murder his parents?

Find out if Julian is innocent in the suspected murder and don't fo
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full review posted on Among the Authors

I’ve always revered my father as a master of foreshadowing. It never failed – we’d go to see a movie in the theater, and no later than fifteen minutes into the film, Dad would lean over and whisper to me how it would all end. Not because he knew any spoilers, but because he could pick up on the tiniest of details and already be five steps ahead of the plot. Now, it’s become somewhat of a game I play with myself whenever I go to see a movie or pick up a goo
Oct 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
I really have enjoyed much of Stolarz's prior books. The four that I have read have all gotten quite high ratings from me, and I really encourage readers to take a look at them - and not this one. This was one of her finest books, and I found myself not enjoying it all. I found myself mystified by the whole ordeal and nothing ever made me feel on edge or invested in the mystery. Her writing was good as always, but the actual story was boring, lacking, and I didn't feel much for anything. Project ...more
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. review to come
May 20, 2021 rated it it was ok
DNF Way cheesy and melodramatic. The alternating POV was unnecessary and felt like a crutch for lackluster storytelling. Maybe if the author had chosen one character to develop more and nailed their voice I would have more positive things to say, but there was nothing special about this book.

Dime-a-dozen YA.
Vanessa Reyes
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr
I enjoyed it. Read it in two sittings. Loved the mysterious aspect of Julian and how much of a tortured soul he was.
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

I went into this hoping for mystery and suspense. While there was a little mystery, it was a lot more coming of age storyline than I expected (or wanted, to be honest). That doesn’t make it a bad book. It just wasn’t what I wanted.

Day is the only child of two very successful humanitarians and she’s spent her life trying to follow in their footsteps and make them proud. When she comes across Julian, a murder suspect who
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
"I don't trust words - not my parents', nor my own."

Day is at a rough crossroads in her life. Both parents fight the injustices of the world - both roughly in the legal field and are fighting to help those that have been wronged. So Day has grown up with a clear sense of trying to understand situations that put people into bad spots - and to question everything and seek the truth.

But her parents, in the midst of fighting the good fight, lost each other. And her parents have separated and Day isn
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Raise your hand if you're all about the mystery and suspense books for October. That's right, it's time to hide your face under the covers and sleep with the lights on and Shutter is here to help.

Oh, Day. Sweet, sweet Day. Our resident Veronica Mars comes face to face with suspected murderer turned escaped convict, Julian, and unlike the rest of us sane people, his intriguing stare invites her to look further into his case. Day spends most of the novel unraveling Julian's past, which is sweet al
Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Where to begin? Well, first I am not sure why it took me so long to read this book. It might have been because I wasn't in love with the plot or even the characters. The split dialogue is killing me. This is the third or fourth book in a row with it, so I am ready for a break.

I liked that Day had photography as a hobby. It's actually pretty uncommon and underrated. What I didn't like is how creepy this book was. Not creepy like spooky, but creepy as in weird. I could not get over the initial WHY
Victoria 🐝
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is nothing like I expected it to be, which is so amazing. It's full of twists and makes you want to keep reading ! I read it in a couple of hours because i wanted to see what happened next. The relationship between Jules and DAY is really unique and a cool idea for a book ...more
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
3.5 Stars.

Shutter was a slightly unbelievable read, which is the only reason it didn't get a higher rating from me. I will definitely be purchasing it for the library.

Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Day Connor spends her life behind the camera, capturing life one click at a time. Her perspective is that of an artist, and while she tries her best to remain objective in her photographic studies of humans and their habits, her vision shifts when a curious subject crosses the path of her lens.

She's enjoying a typical afternoon out with her best and most colorful girlfriends when she sees him. The handsome guy in the convenience store catches her eye, and not just because of his rugged good look
Mrs. Cumberton
Feb 04, 2021 rated it liked it
I give this book a 3 1/2...
I liked the ending of the book...
I just wished the book focused more on the mystery and less on their relationship. It got a little too cheesy for me :)
➳ johanna
May 25, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2021
this gave me NOTHING and i don't fuck with books like that, nuh uh. ...more
Vikki Vaught
Nov 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have mixed feelings about this book. While I enjoyed looking into the minds of the characters, and the story, I wish the author had ended it better. So much is left hanging. The narrators do a great job and it kept me enmeshed in the book. Happy reading and listening!
Jessica (Stuck in Books)
4 stars - An utterly captivating mystery I was unable to put down!

I've been a fan of Laurie Faria Stolarz's books for a while. She's one of the authors I read back in my early YA reading days---when I went from Twilight to L.J. Smith and branched out. I have such fond memories of reading both the Blue if for Nightmares books and the Touch series, and then later Bleed, so I was super excited when I got the chance to read Shutter. Lucky for me, Shutter did not disappoint.

The premise of Shutter was
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Honestly, it was okay. I just didn't like how it was so slow to get to an answer and when I got an answer I wasn't expecting it to end that way. ...more
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review and participating in this blog tour.

Almost from the first moment Day sees this mysterious boy in the convenience store, I was hooked on this story. But don’t worry, it wasn’t an insta love situation, just an insta curious situation. Day is a photographer who searches out interesting things to photograph and Julian fits the bill. After she sees him for the first time, we get a better sense of who Day is, what her family and friends a
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
One again I find myself reviewing a book for a genre that normally isn't my cup of tea. This is another book that as soon as it arrived I found myself thumbing through the pages, and instead of putting the book down, I ended up reading it. There was something about Julian's story that I wanted to know more about. I couldn't help but be intrigued about this boy, his troubled story, and how his path crossed with Day's. I liked that this story is told from both Day's point of view, and Julian's jou ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-juv
Richard Lopez
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shutter was a great book with a surprising ending that I wasn't expecting. The book opens up and introduces this mysterious character that instantly grabs your attention. Little is known about the character but your eager to keep reading to find out more details. When this character is finally identified you are then sent on a mission to determine the truth behind this character. Reading the book I found myself coming to different conclusions based on the information that developed, however, the ...more
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in mystery, suspense, thrill and love!
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by Disney-Hyperion and NetGalley

I'm loving this trend of smart mystery/thriller/detective novels in YA. They are perhaps (at times) a little tame for adult thriller fans but they are a wonderful introduction to the style that won't have parents threatening to burn the book if a teacher recommends it.

This was not the most original of stories but the investigative moments were interesting and there were enough twists and turns to keep the momentum going. I had a suspicion as to the c
The Keepers of the Books
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
16-year-old, Julian is wanted for the murder of his parents. Day Conner, an activist and photographer, who wants to make sense of a world filled with injustice, however, isn't sure he did it. When Julian and Day's paths cross, the two find themselves on a journey to find the truth. The more shoe digs into his case, the more questions come up. Did Julian really do it? If not, who did?

The plot in this book is complex and has a lot of twists and turns. An intense read, fans of mystery thrillers wil
Protag is dumb but her parents have taught her to try to see the best in people and luckily it worked out that she didn't get ax-murdered by her first charity case.

This book kinda gives you the run around and I feel like it maybe should have lasted just a little bit longer, like the author ran out of random clues to throw at us. BUT I couldn't put it down, so for that I give it 4 stars. ✌
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Laurie Faria Stolarz grew up in Salem, MA, attended Merrimack College, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston.

Laurie Faria Stolarz is an American author of young adult fiction novels, best known for her Blue is for Nightmares series. Her works, which feature teenage protagonists, blend elements found in mystery and romance novels.

Stolarz found sales success with he

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