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Snap: A Novel

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Delicate story of impending death of a loved one.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+
I read this book sometime beween 6th grade and 7th grade and it was one of those books that left me an impacting message. To this day, I re-read pages and it fills me with strength. It is not a happy book, but it's a book that will teach kids to have a strong heart, which to me translates as "look at the silver lining" of things. If you are strong of heart, you will face challenges, learn from them and grow.
age 17+

Horrible!

It sucks! My daughter was crying because she was fearful her grandmother would pass away and she would end up like Sally! Do not buy this book!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

For all the grimness of the subject, this is a lovely, quiet story, simply told. And it's most notable for all the things it isn't: no villains, no suspense, no tearjerking, no clueless adults, no deathbed scene -- in fact, no death. This isn't Willie's story, though she is the catalyst. It's the story of two friends trying to come to terms with grief and waiting for the inevitable changes that come to every life.

Despite its short length and simple language, it's a story of complexity: Nothing in life is as simple as we might like it to be, and every character, major and secondary, is three-dimensional. Eddie's mom chooses always to tell Eddie the truth, as hard as that sometimes can be, but she really pays attention when she tells it. Each character is, in her own way, unresolved, as is the story, which ends before the end. This is all just a not-so-simple way of saying this isn't just a story -- it's real.

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