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Grade 8 Up—Life can change in an instant and in Ayarbe's debut novel, 15-year-old Kyle learns that lesson firsthand after hearing the shot, feeling the weight of the gun, and watching blood pool around the body of his best friend. Readers are quickly drawn into the mystery of guilt or innocence, although Kyle accepts personal responsibility for Jason's death. Placed on probation by the court, he continues his daily routine in a daze, withdraws from his family, and tries to remember what really happened that morning. Readers learn the history of the friendship through "scenes" created in Kyle's head as though he were directing a movie. Still, he cannot recall the fatal act and continues to blame himself. Kyle finds sanctuary from accusing students in the library as he looks for books that Jason read. Mr. Cordoba, the librarian, provides insightful reading material and eventually Kyle is able to deal with his feelings and recall what really happened. This multidimensional book is rich in details about friendships, families, and their responses to needless death. The characters are well developed through contemporary, earthy dialogue and realistic, often humorous situations. Kyle's relationship with Jason is revealed as usually tight but more recently disappointing as Jason migrated to a more popular crowd. Although sometimes overworked and obtrusive, the movie-scene technique provides a high-interest vehicle for Kyle to communicate his thoughts and feelings. This book will be appreciated by many teens, especially those who have experienced the death of a friend or loved one.—Sue Lloyd, Franklin High School, Livonia, MI
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“They may well fight back tears and gulp with grief, but readers will not turn away...Readers of Ayarbe’s debut novel will be delighted that she has a second young adult novel in the works.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review))

“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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006135175X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061351754
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,698,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Impressive. This is the adjective that keeps popping into my mind when thinking about how to describe Freeze Frame by Heidi Ayarbe. Freeze Frame is about a teenage boy who kills his best friend with a gun. It’s disturbing that Freeze Frame is about a tragedy caused by the main character. Furthermore, for the bulk of the book we don’t even know if the death was intentional. Yet we still have to care for Kyle because we’re constantly in his head. That Ayarbe is able to pull off such a novel is impressive.

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.
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To be her first novel, this is fantastic. I wish I would have picked it up earlier. I loved it. It stays under your skin and makes the reader feel the intensity of the protagonist. I found myself not able to put it down because I had to know....was it truly an accident?
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By Nancy Yamamoto on October 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book will stay with you for a long time. It truly captures the internal struggles of someone in conflict and the resilience of the human spirit.

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.
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As an adult reader who enjoys YA books, I think this was a great debut from an under-the-radar author. Looking forward to reading her more recent books.
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Format: Hardcover
No matter how hard he tries, Kyle just can't figure out that one scene that completes the movie he feels like he's in.

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
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Format: Hardcover
At the risk of somehow offending someone who seems to write reviews other than read books I'm giving this book five stars.

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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