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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  436 ratings  ·  109 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
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Hardcover, 337 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
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Lola
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, bad-romance
Most of the time, when I finish a book, I immediately feel inspired to write a review, whether the book in question is good or bad or really bad.

But right now, the only thing that resonates inside my mind is a loud, screeching even ‘‘meeeeeh.’’ To be honest, I don’t know why this book was published. Not that it was badly written.

I actually thought the writing wasn’t so bad, and the characters were pleasant enough, but the story. Oh the story. Please. We really didn’t need another banally plotte
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Candace Robinson
I received an ARC of this book. I don't normally read mystery types of books, but this one was actually pretty good. There were some parts that were unbelievable, but it is definitely worth a read. Full review on my blog https://literarydust.wordpress.com/20...
Elise (TheBookishActress)
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
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Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
1.5 stars.

Oh my God, this was just bad.
Vera
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
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Natasha
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
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Julianne
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
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Mandy
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
Jennifer
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. review to come
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.
Trisha
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
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Stephanie
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
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Christy
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
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Ariel
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
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V
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
MeggieBree
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.

Lucinda
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full review to come.
The Belle
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
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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
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Lexy
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.
Maren
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
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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
Karen
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-juv
Meh.
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
Tiffany
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.
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
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Sara
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
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Readme434
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Day is fearless. I love characters who do what's right rather than what's easy. Got this early from my bookstore bin.
Kerryn (RatherBeReading)
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Courtney
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much, i got it last night and finished it at two this morning, i love it
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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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