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3.29  ·  Rating details ·  8,262 ratings  ·  1,726 reviews
The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. That for those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive. . . .
Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Sti
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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Feb 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya
okay so most little girls dream about being secret princesses or having a pony or having a ghost for a best friend or something. my childhood fantasies were always about being snowed in. (i may have entertained one or two princess fantasies, as well) and this is still my dream. living on the third floor of an apartment building pretty much guarantees this dream will never come true, but i still hope for it every single winter. the quiet of it all, the hunkered-down hibernation appeal, the having ...more
Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love survival stories. It is probably my favorite genre ever. Before this, I have read five YA survival books - three of them made it onto my list of favorite books ever. Alas, this was the first that I really didn't like. In fact, I liked it so little that I couldn't finish it. It wasn't worth it. This was one of the worst books I've read in a while, and I'll certainly never be reading anything by Northrop again.

The worst part was the writing. I'll gi
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2011
That's the sum of my opinion, where's the ending? The story simply stops. This did not please me. There needed to be another few chapters or at the very least an epilogue. Maybe put it in as a newspaper column, just the who, what, when, where, why, how. I needed to know more and for that reason I took away one star.
Another star lost is that there is no character development. I didn't know these characters any better at the end of the book than I knew them at the beginning. T
Sierra Climaco
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Feb 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
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Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Weather conditions develop that are just right to stall a heavy winter blizzard over the upper east coast of the United States. New Englanders are used to Nor'easters, but this storm is something much worse. Seven kids and a teacher wait at their high school. The kids were waiting for rides home, but the snow is coming down so fast that the roads become impassable. They soon realize that nobody is coming for them. When the teacher ventures out into the storm to get help and doesn't come back, th ...more
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I didn't really have any expectations going into this book, I read it very quickly in one day, and I enjoyed it overall, but it was nothing spectacular.
I didn't really like any of the characters, but I did find the plot to be entertaining, and it was interesting seeing their survival skills put to test in this situation.
Without giving anything away, I wasn't a fan of the ending. I would have liked more closure, and I think that simply by adding 20 more pages, or just a quick epilogue, we could h
Courtney Wells
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, apocolyptic
I read this book after a tremendous blizzard hit Chicago in 2011. It was a little morbid but it's not often you get snowed-in while living in a major metropolitan area.

Overall the premise was interesting and tense while being well-executed for the amount of pages the story allowed. What I will say - and this is why I couldn't give it a full five stars - was Trapped could have delivered more by exploring the characters or generating more conflict. I'm not saying I needed The Breakfast Club or Lo
Jan 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
When I reached the last page of this book, I actually had to double check the page count to make sure I wasn't missing anything. But no, the ending really is that abrupt, and leaves tons of potential plotlines unexplored. Instead of the terrifying survival story I was expecting, there's a bunch of repetitive scenes about checking cell phones, rummaging in the cafeteria, thinking about cute girls, and popping zits. Lots of potential here, but ends up stopping way too soon to really take advantage ...more
Jan 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-books

Okay So I lasted 78-80% ish through on the audio on Libby and where the story is now, I'm so fetching bored to be honest here. Heck I was so bored halfway through but I was too invested in the end that I thought I'll keep going cause I'm curious how it's going to end. And where I just stopped cause I just couldn't take it anymore I legit read a few spoilers and when I read what had happened, i was like, 'that's it? Seriously? Ugh!'

So basically it would just feel like it was going to drag o
A finished copy was provided by the publisher for review.

A very realistic portrayal of a teenager trapped in his high school after the biggest blizzard his little town has ever seen.

There are certain realistic situations the teens had to go through such as where will they get food? How did they did heat to keep themselves warm? What would they do for fun? You know the basic necessities to keep on surviving. There was lack of relationships being developed as well. They pretty much sat around and
Tanja (Tanychy)
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Before I say anything about the book I need to say that firstly I want to thank the author for singing this book. I was a really nice thing to do, as we all love signed books. Secondly I want to thank this book for saving me. Trust me I'd die of boredom if I didn't bring this book with me on my four-hour class.

We'll go back to that but first something about the book. Winter is officially over. I say officially cause a week ago I've seen the sun for the firs
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
I picked this up at the library as a quick read. The idea was excellent- trapped in a high school during a massive blizzard with friends, enemies and crushes. But I felt that the characters weren't developed, and I didn't get to know them or feel attached to them. Right off the bat, Scotty tells us that not everybody makes it out alive, so you know that once a character is in a life-or-death situation, he/she's not going to make it. Jason and Pete, Scotty's friends, were important to the story, ...more
Mar 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll start off by saying how much i liked the chapter headings. I thought it was really clever how it shown how snowed in they were, and it looked really pretty.

The pacing in Trapped was slow, but it was done in a way that it made it more suspenseful, instead of making it boring.

The characters weren't annoying, but i just didn't find myself liking them that much.

I didn't like the ending at all. It was very rushed, and felt kind of lazy.
Instead of writing a proper ending, it was left open.
A l
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I’m glad entire paragraphs were spent discussing Scotty popping his zits...
Ana Mardoll
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Trapped / 978-0-545-21012-6

I like "survival horror" style books and movies, and was really looking forward to "Trapped". Even the timing was great - I received the book right before the worst snowstorm in 15 years dumped right onto our house! So I was really looking forward to wrapping up with some fluffy blankets and vicariously experiencing the terror that comes with being cold, alone, and utterly trapped in a snowstorm. Unfortunately, I ended up disappointed. This slim, 230-page book that wou
I was never so glad to have a shelf called "shittier than Mel Gibson." It is, I admit, hard to find something shittier than him, and still this book managed.
A book that had all the elements make it a scary, claustrophobic story, was nothing but an incompetently written hot mess told by an insufferable jerk.
Scotty was as shallow as a piss on concrete.
The lack of skill in the writing was astonishing. If I was to narrate my reading experience borrowing Scotty's voice, it would go like this:

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Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to elissa by: Capitol Choices
I'm glad that I wasn't annoyed by the ending, as many other readers have been. It was definitely abrupt, but it made sense to me. This is a quick read, with great descriptions, and a strong voice. I expected it to get even more horrific than it did, and was pleasantly surprised when it wasn't as bad as it could have been. I think I partly assumed it would get horrific because the front door of the building, on the cover, looks like a maw to me. The voice seemed kind of "classic YA", but staying ...more
If you're planning to read this book, keep your expectations low.

I love survival stories. I hate books that drag on for a long time. I'm not saying this book was dragged, because it wasn't (?) but the writing made me want to skim a few pages, you know? I know the characters in this book are teenagers, but I'm telling you no one says 'dude' and 'holy crap' THAT much, you know? Scotty was a boring and shallow narrator; the narration tries it's best to seem like it's talking to you, with a great us
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
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Trapped is a short and quick read that I enjoyed until it abruptly ended. Were the last few chapters accidentally left out of my copy? Nope, that was it! Who lives, who dies, and what’s going to happen next? I will have to decide that on my own…

I was pulled in from the beginning wondering what was going to happen. I knew it was going to be a bad storm, but the snow just wo
Ms. B
Jun 13, 2021 rated it liked it
It has a first line* and chapter that draws kids in. What happens when a blizzard of the century strands Scotty, six of his classmates and one teacher at the school? How will they survive when their rides don't show? How long will the snow continue? These are only a few of the questions that Scotty and his classmates have in the days afterward. (view spoiler) You may never envision a blizzard or a Nor'easter the same after reading this.
Fans of survi
Karen Barber
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved the sound of this and was picking up ‘Alive’ vibes, and it certainly started well.
Our focus is a group of teens who find themselves in an unexpected situation when heavy snow hits. Arrangements are made for all students to leave school, but our main character Scott decides - with his friends - not to follow instructions. Along with a small group of others (who, for various reasons, also miss the school buses) they find themselves stranded in the worst snowstorm to hit their region in dec
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 75-books-in-2017
I liked this book. The only qualm I have about it was that it was way too short. So many things could have happened, more character involved but it was abrupt on a few levels.

I loved the story of a massive blizzard over taking a town, 11 foot of snow or more, high school kids trapped in the high school, trying to survive without adult supervision.
I just wish it hadn't been so short and I did like the ending, it was satisfying and plausible. It was a bit too descriptive in parts on situations th
NekoGirl Meow
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was ok. Readable. If I was asked to read it again, ...i would prefer not too. It was understandable, but I think it ended... a little abruptly? I felt like it should have more feeling to it. The characters were a little too dull. I couldn’t identify the meaning of this story.
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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What it's about:
Everything seems like a normal winterly school day when suddenly the blizzard starts.
Pupils are sent home early but Scotty Weems and two of his friends, Pete and Jason, stay in their high school longer to work on a shop project, relying on Jason's dad to pick them up later on.
They end up being three of the last seven teens in the school, plus one teacher who's supposed to take care of all the late-stayers.
The storm outs
Jan 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels, own-loanable, teen
The "high-school-kids-stuck-in-school-on-their-own" premise has been well used in films ranging from the Breakfast Club to, well, any number of horror movies. This slim thriller aimed at teen readers milks the premise for a fair amount of tension before succumbing to an underwhelming ending. The story is set during winter in the upper Northeast, where a storm moves in on a regional high school a few miles from the nearest town. The buses leave and all the kids with cars or friends with cars take ...more
Feb 16, 2021 rated it did not like it
Stereotypical misogynistic homophobic and also a terrible idea to read during snowmageddon.
Lindsay Gentles
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
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I have to start this off by saying that I am a self-proclaimed disaster junkie. "Breaking News" is my crack (sorry if that's offensive, but you get my point). I love any movie that centres around extreme weather (Twister, San Andreas, The Day After Tomorrow, to name a few) so I figured why would books be any different?!

After seeing Trapped on one of the book tube channels I watch and hearing that it was about the biggest snow storm in the histor
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
15-year-old Scotty makes the questionable decision to stay after school instead of going home when the school closes early because of a blizzard. Soon, Scotty and his friends are trapped in the school, along with 4 other kids, and the snow shows no signs of letting up.]How long will they be trapped? How deep will the snow get? And who isn’t going to make it?

I enjoyed this book, but the ending was a bit anti-climactic.

Scott was an okay character. He seemed lik
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Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of 13 books for kids and teens, including the middle-grade adventure series TombQuest and the hit graphic novel Dear Justice League. His first young adult novel, Gentlemen, earned him a Publishers Weekly Flying Start citation, and his second, Trapped, was an Indie Next List selection. His first middle-grade novel, Plunked, was named one of ...more

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