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Snapshots at the Fontaine Motel by Skot Harris

The story starts off with Kelly watching Beverly Hills 90210 and she gets a frantic phone call from one of her best friends, Jill. Kelly asks her “What’s going on” and Jill hastily answers her. Jill continues in a panic to summon Kelly over to her house. This starts a journey of six friends who have been at school together since, forever. They place themselves in an unfortunate circumstance, where they took the law into their own hands, to deal with the perpetrator. Things did not turn out as planned; that is, to give the perpetrator a well-remembered beating and leave. They found themselves making an uncalculated decision to gather some of their belongings along with some cash, (most of it stolen from their household) and getting into one of their vehicles and took to the ever uncertain roads ahead of them, across state lines and unattarred detours, landing them in a place called Fontaine Motel, tucked away from mainstream society in Oklahoma.

Clinging to each other and carrying this heavily weighing muddle that they got themselves into with the FBI, they try to be less conspicuous over these few days and not interact much with others. But for Jill it was really hard to do, considering there was a hot guy that ran the motel and his friend was the perfect match for Matt. Will Jill ever be able to keep her and her friends' identity concealed as she so longed to talk to someone other than those involved?

In this few short days together, secrets of each other also started to unfold, revealing truths that changed the perspective of themselves and those around them. This is a story of self-discovery, love, friendships, betrayal and loyalty amongst friends that knew each other almost their whole lives or who thought they knew each other.

The continuous witty sarcasm kept the story light with underlying humour. One of the characters did get under my skin, mainly because of her weakness and her irritating fragile predisposition. I was pleasantly surprised quite often, with the twists and turns in the storyline. The book is fast paced which indulged my attention to completely reading the book; primarily, because the twists in the storyline kept me eager to know what happened next.

Snapshots was not my cup of Sunday tea. The book is aimed at young adults, however, may be read by any age group who enjoys a medium to light read, depending on whether you an avid reader or not. I found it a tad challenging to write this review, as it did not invoke any of my emotions at any profound level, as I do mainly base my writing on deep winding emotions. I guess that is MY problem and not the problem of the author himself or other readers that enjoy this genre of teenage adventure (or misadventure). The artwork on the front cover of the book is not something that I would also be drawn to and will readily pick at a bookstore or library, but here again, my opinion based on the type of books I generally read. Possibly for a teenager or young adult it would be appealing also considering the generation the book is written for.

However, I found it exciting, though it was fast paced; he still managed to feed me a little information at any given time about the different personalities in the book, keeping even the psyche of the characters themselves in suspense. I did enjoy the author’s style of writing and he did capture my attention from beginning to end.

I can easily see this book being turned into a movie.

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Pragashnie Naidoo