Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Expected publication: October 18th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
• Julian Roman, age sixteen, is an escapee from the Fairmount County Juvenile Detention Facility.
• His parents, Michael Roman and Jennifer Roman, are dead.
• Julian is wanted for murder.
• Why is Julian Roman on the run?
• Just how dangerous is he?
• And who did kill Michael and Jennifer Roman, if not Julian?
Seventeen-year-old Day Baker 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 pictures and the truths she believes-neatly captured in black and white-begin to blur.
Julian is not the “armed and dangerous” escapee the police are searching for, but his alibis don’t quite add up, either. There is more to his story. This time, Day is determined to see the entire picture . . . whatever it reveals. Did he? Or didn’t he?
Day digs deeper into the case while Julian remains on the run. But the longer her list of facts becomes, the longer the list of questions becomes, too. It’s also getting harder to deny the chemistry she feels for him. Is it real? Or is she being manipulated?
Day is close to finding the crack in the case. She just needs time to focus before the shutter snaps shut.
Review: 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 are like. As the story develops, Day’s character evolves as her eyes are opened to things she didn’t necessarily understand before. She starts out trying to please her parents, who are both strong advocates of social justice, but as she continues to dig into Julian’s case she really believes in what she is doing. The book has alternating chapters from Day’s POV and Julian’s POV. They are easily distinguishable as Julian’s POV chapters are in italics. There are quite a few flashbacks looking back on the good, the bad, and the ugly moments in his family and what led to his parents being dead.
One of the things that I really liked about this book was the message that to get the whole picture, you need to look at things from different perspectives. I thought the author did a really good job at having that message throughout the book without spelling it out and then later tying that message in with Day’s photography project towards the end of the book. There were only a couple of things that I didn’t like about the book. There were a couple of times when the side stories involving Day and her friends didn’t really seem to add much to the story so I could have done without a few of those. The other thing was as I got closer to the end and started running out of pages I found myself wondering how the story could possibly resolve itself by the end. But the author added in a quick twist that I did not see coming and then resolved the story in a way to leave the reader open to imagine what happens next. I would have liked a more concrete ending but that’s just my personal taste.
Overall I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
ABOUT LAURIE FARIA STOLARZ:
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 her first novel, Blue is for Nightmares, and followed it up with three more titles in the series, White is for Magic, Silver is for Secrets, and Red is for Remembrance, as well as a companion graphic novel, Black is for Beginnings. Stolarz is also the author of the Touch series (Deadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Games, Deadly Little Voices, and Deadly Little Lessons), as well as Bleed and Project 17. With more than two million books sold worldwide, Stolarz’s titles have been named on various awards list.
Giveaway: 3 Finished Copies of SHUTTER (US Only)