Shoot what it feels like, or my review of Shutter



By: Laurie Faria Stolarz

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Publication Date: October 18th, 2016

Format: ARC


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 quite add up, either. This time, Day is determined to see the entire picture…whatever it reveals.

Did he kill his parents? Or didn’t he?

While Julian remains on the run, Day digs deeper into his case. But the more facts she uncovers, the longer her list of questions becomes. It’s also getting harder to deny the chemistry she feels with Julian.

Is it real? Or is she being manipulated?

Day is close to finding the crack in the case that will prove Julian’s innocence. She just needs time to focus before the shutter snaps shut.

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4 star (griffin)

Shutter was a quick read for me. It had mystery and romance and realistic teens, and I ate it up. Laurie plots her mystery well, and keeps you guessing until the end and her story sits well against its high school background.

As for her characters, Day’s desire to live up to the demanding expectations of her successful parents was easily relatable and written well. It wasn’t over done, and her issues and frustrations with her parents divorce were just as natural. This same feeling of genuine teens extended to Day’s relationships with her best friends, Tori and Jeannie. Their love and support for each other is there, and as the book progresses they each rally around their friends as they have their respective crises. The romance is another aspect that was done well, Day and Julian are in an awkward position to start anything, but, once again, it is a natural and believable progression.

The mystery is just as believable, and the romance never overrides it. Day’s brilliance and ingenuity, accompanied with her photography talent, means that the story doesn’t stray into the bizarre or unthinkable. My only issue, really, was a red herring that was thrown in near the end of the book that felt forced and like it wasn’t as developed as it could have been. Otherwise, Laurie crafts the mystery and the lives of her characters with depth and relatability and I closed the book thinking I would need to check out more by this author.


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Disclaimer: The synopsis and cover picture were pulled from the book’s Goodreads page. Neither belong to us. An advanced copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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