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Freeze Frame Paperback – May 4, 2010
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“Readers are quickly drawn into the mystery of guilt or innocence...This book will be appreciated by many teens.” (School Library Journal)
“A truly strong first novel, and one with definite appeal to older teens.” (ALA Booklist)
“Freeze Frame is, quite simply, a stellar first novel. Heidi Ayarbe’s powerful prose compels you to turn page after page until, along with protagonist Kyle, you reach the necessary resolution to mind-numbing conflict. This story will stay under your skin for a very long time.” (Ellen Hopkins, author of the National Book Award nominee BURNED and the New York Times best-seller IMPULSE)
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That isn’t all. For example, how did Ayarbe write over one hundred pages about just one week in Kyle’s life? Even if those chapters centered around the aftermath of the shooting — which includes Kyle’s arrest, trial, and initial meetings with his probation officer — it still blew me away how masterfully Ayarbe stretched such a short timeframe into so many pages. Just as amazingly, once Kyle returns to school and tries to settle back into routine, how does Ayarbe keep up the momentum? Consider that Kyle frequently escapes to his friend’s grave, thinks about ways to die, and relives that fateful day at the shed. Freeze Frame could have easily become a depressing and wallowing mess. Instead, Ayarbe introduces school bullies, an adult mentor in the form of a librarian, and Kyle’s new goal of becoming a protector of his best friend’s younger brother. Ah-ha, but here again Freeze Frame could have become another movie-of-the-week, wrought with heavy-handedness over its topic of teen violence. But it never did. In fact, even though Kyle’s mind regularly revisits the shooting, Freeze Frame felt to be just as much about family, fitting in, books, movies, moving forward, choices, and a thousand other things.Read more ›
The main character, Kyle must deal with the death of his best friend and tries to replay the scene from the point of view of different directors.
I would highly recommend this book to mature teenagers who no doubt will be able to relate to the main character, Kyle and the day to day life he experiences.
He has the beginning scenes. The first scene where Kyle and his best friend, Jason, are eating pancakes. As always, Jason uses up all of the syrup, making Kyle's dad go out and buy some more. After a little quarrel between the two, followed by an insult to his sister, Kyle and Jason run outside into the freezing cold. Not wanting to go back in, Kyle suggests the shed.
Once inside the shed everything goes blank - from here Kyle just cannot figure out the scene, the most important scene.
After the blackout, it's complete chaos - there's blood, calling 911, an ambulance, a trip to the hospital, and then off to a holding cell. Questioned, confused, Kyle just doesn't understand what has happened, or how it happened.
How he killed his best friend.
No matter how hard he tries, Kyle just cannot figure out the one scene that explains it all, the scene that decides whether he is innocent or not, the scene that ended with his best friend dead. Yet, if he can figure it all out, is it the end of the world for him, can he live with knowing the truth, or will it be too much for him to handle?
With brief interruptions of past events that Kyle and Jason shared, Heidi Ayarbe takes us on a breathtaking and thrilling journey of a boy trying to solve a mystery that leaves even the reader at the edge of their seats. Ayarbe creates a work of art using realistic thoughts and images that helps in developing a novel that will be gripped in the reader's hands until the very last page.
FREEZE FRAME is a great debut from a talented new author.
Reviewed by: Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen
This is an incredible book and even more amazing given that it is from a first time novelist. However, I'm not exactly sure what the young adult genre is as this book seemed very appropriate for those of us who have already "survived" high school.
Ms. Ayarbe has taken a story of tragedy and framed it in high school angst. Her grasp of the school environment was almost uncomfortable at times.
An unbelievable book that I will be likely giving to some teacher friends (and non-teacher friends too I guess) for Christmas while I eagerly await for more from the author.
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Losing your best friend hurts, when you lose him twice, as Kyle does, its so painful his mind refuses to allow him to remember what really happened the second time. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John Rogers ClarkIV
This was the first book in a long while that kept me up reading well past midnight. When I was younger, I would always seek out books with female characters, but this one has a... Read morePublished on November 30, 2008 by J.D.
If you don't know what astroturfing is, but you read these reviews on amazon, I strongly encourage you to go to Wikipedia or UrbanDictionary and look it up. Read morePublished on November 16, 2008 by IBuyMoreBooksThanICanEverRead
I was concerned that Heidi's use of a movie approach would be off putting. I am not a movie buff. However, she did such a great job that I was hooked at the very beginning and... Read morePublished on November 1, 2008 by Pepper
Not only did I cry from beginning to end, I couldn't put it down so I looked horrific the next morning! Mark my words, this is going to be made into a movie.Published on October 18, 2008 by Teri Case
For days after I finished reading FREEZE FRAME, I kept thinking about Heidi Ayarbe's characters. Everyone in this book is so very *real,* which just makes the story more harrowing. Read morePublished on October 18, 2008 by C. Johnson
Put yourself in Kyle's place. You're in high school and the unthinkable has just happened. How can you face people? Read morePublished on October 17, 2008 by Jean A. Shriver