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Snap decision: You only live once

Bridie Clark’s new novel is about a young girl who’s thrown into a prestigious prep school in New Hampshire hills. She’s trying to fit in, with all the glitzy clothes and sweet sixteen parties, but she doesn’t come from money like the rest of her friends do. So, if she's going to keep up with them, she has to find a job, fast.

But, when she takes a babysitting job in town she is faced with making choices. Should she date her friend’s ex-boyfriend who she has a crush on? Should she accept the advances from the flirtatious Dad (who apparently is "cute" and his wife seems like a miserable person)?

"Snap Decision" means that the reader is actually calling the shots. After all, this is a “decide on your own ending” kind of book.
You are most likely to … 
-> take a pass. Dating your best friend’s ex is always out of bounds…especially when your intuition tells you she still harbors feelings for him. Continue to Snapshot #11 (page…)
 -> ask for Annabel’s blessing. Can’t hurt to ask, right? Continue to Snapshot #10 (page…)
I haven’t read this kind of a book since I was a child, and at first I found it interesting to get pulled into my own scenarios. However, after a while it felt a bit tiresome and juvenile. Which would be fine if this was a younger readers book (10 and under). However, the content of this book is far from juvenile touching upon some adult issues like spousal cheating, and using bribes to get New York Times internship to land a college guy. The very Beverly Hills 90210-esque scenarios seemed a bit trite.

Perhaps, part of the frustration could be as a result of my own reading preference – every "snap decision" I made seemed to constantly lead up to an unfulfilling ending. I prefer a well thought out story. And, I am after all not really the target audience. So adventurous teen readers may want to give this book a try and let us know what your thoughts are in the SukasaReads comments below.


2.5 out of 5 Sukasa Stars

Snap Decision: You Only Live Once by Bridie Clark is published by Roaring Book Press and distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books 

Review by
@ShilpaRaikar for @SukasaReads (a division of @SukasaStyle)