Sunday, November 21, 2010

Snapped by Pamela Klaffke

Snapped contained a main character that I hated and wished misery upon, several graphic and even bloody sex scenes, and more hipsters than you can shake a stick at. It also contained scenes of drool-worthy vintage clothing and one of the sweetest endings around. It kind of balances out in the end, but after coming to the end, I tend to err on the side of liking the book.

Sara B. created Snap magazine with her friend. She writes the page 6 "Dos and Don'ts" column. This involves taking pictures of actual Canadians on the streets, having them sign a release, and most likely eviscerating them on a public stage. It all seems like business as usual until Parrot Girl comes along. Parrot Girl has a shiny jacket, shorts, and a great big parrot. Parrot Girl makes Sara question her job and her life. Is she just too old to understand what is cool anymore?

Sara encounters a girl named Eva. Eva has a cool, retro style of dress and lots of ideas for Snap. It's incredibly obvious that she isn't to be trusted. She also encounters two old women named Lila and Eleanor. After Lila dies, Eleanor gives Sara lots of her clothes and journals, plus access to her vintage magazine collection. These items actually lead Sara towards what she wants to do in life.

Again, I never actually ended up liking Sara, though I enjoyed the moments she would imagine viciously murdering people. Actually, I didn't really enjoy that because it was disturbing and I just kept shouting, "WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!? SEEK HELP!!!" It wasn't a bad read, for the most part. I got through it fairly quickly, and aside from the qualms with the horrible character and awful, graphic scenes, it was a pretty good book.