Review: Snapshot

Oct •  19 •  2013

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Review: SnapshotSnapshot by Angie Stanton
Published by HarperTeen on September 24th 2013
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Romance
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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Marti Hunter hates rockers and anything remotely related to the rock-and-roll lifestyle. She thought she’d left that all behind, along with her drug-addicted mother and absent-minded rock legend father. Now she lives with her grandmother, and Marti’s life is finally normal. Just the way she likes it.

For Adam Jamieson, normal is not possible. He is the genius guitar player of the band Jamieson. He’s ecstatic to finally get a two-week break from his micromanaged life and a chance to hang with regular teens. Adam’s shaving off his trademark curls and going undercover.

But when Marti, the reluctant rock princess, and Adam, the undercover guitar wizard, meet, sparks fly in more ways than one. They spend their time alternating between making out and driving each other crazy. But their summer adventures of skinny dipping, storm watching, and stolen kisses are brought to a halt when tragedy strikes.

Suddenly, they’re on opposite sides of the country, just when they need each other the most. Can Marti survive life with her dad and his vicious girlfriend? Will Adam get so fed up with his over-managed life and controlling parents that he quits the band?

Snapshot. A moment in time that changes two people forever.

Since I enjoyed the first book so much, I didn’t hesitate in picking up the second book. It is clear that all the Jamieson Brothers have a clear voice.  But for me, this story didn’t hit me as hard as I thought it would.

Characters: My problem with this book was the characters. For me, there wasn’t much intimate moments where the reader can really get into the characters shoes. Instead both Adam and Marti began their relationship with half-truths, and never really getting to the bottom of things. They allowed others people or stuff  to do the revealing  for them. However, after reading the first book, you can tell that each brother has their own personality that makes them unique. They each have their moments that brings the brothers together yet sets them apart. Some are more mature than others. Nevertheless, they are always they for each other.

Love: Because of the lies that were told, their love felt a bit rushed. One moment they are yelling at each other and the next their making goo-goo eyes.  Rushing their love disappoints me. I love romance. And I hope that they would have precious moments to themselves that i can enjoy. It’s why I adore contemporaries so much.

Drama: One good thing this book does contain is a great amount of drama within themselves and family. Both come from musical families with siblings, so they have a better understanding of each other. (I mean, they are so similar there was no reason to lie in the first place but whatever) still, these two definitely connect on levels with each other. The family aspect in this book I adore. There aren’t much YA books that use family as a strong hold. Bravo!

Overall, I enjoyed this book.  Snapshot takes the reader into an original but different Jamieson brother. Compelling with drama and great family dynamics, Snapshot refocuses on making mistakes and falling in love.  With effective real issues that any reader could relate to, Snapshot is great.

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Candace
    Oct 19, 2013

    I hate when relationships are based on half truths and when the romance is rushed, so it’s too bad about that stuff. 🙁

  2. Giselle
    Oct 19, 2013

    This sounds like a dramatic guilty pleasure read. It doesn’t sound especially character oriented which is crappy but it seems like an original story. Great review!

  3. I think I would appreciate the family aspect of these novels. You’re completely right that family sort of takes a back burner when it comes to contemp romances.

  4. I think I would appreciate the family aspect of these novels. You’re completely right that family sort of takes a back burner when it comes to contemp romances.

  5. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Oct 21, 2013

    I like series that focus on different family members, so I’ll have to check this one out!

  6. Wendy Darling
    Oct 21, 2013

    I like series where the books are companion novels instead of being sequels–I like seeing characters again, but so often stories feel too stretched out, you know? This way you get to revisit favorites but you get a whole new story, too! Glad you enjoyed this, Savy. 🙂

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden