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Sara B. is losing her cool. Not just in the momentary-meltdown kind of way though there's that, too. At the helm of must-read Snap magazine, veteran style guru Sara B. has had the job and joy for the past fifteen years of eviscerating the city's fashion victims in her legendary DOs and DON'Ts photo spread. But now on the unhip edge of forty, with ambitious hipster kids reiSara B. is losing her cool. Not just in the momentary-meltdown kind of way though there's that, too. At the helm of must-read Snap magazine, veteran style guru Sara B. has had the job and joy for the past fifteen years of eviscerating the city's fashion victims in her legendary DOs and DON'Ts photo spread. But now on the unhip edge of forty, with ambitious hipster kids reinventing the style world, Sara's being spit out like an old Polaroid picture: blurry, undeveloped and obsolete. Fueled by alcohol, nicotine and self-loathing, Sara launches into a cringeworthy but often comic series of blowups personal, professional and private that culminate in an epiphany. That she, the arbiter of taste, has made her living by cutting people down and somehow she's got to make amends. "...

Title : Snapped
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ISBN : 9780778327462
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Snapped Reviews

  • AP
    2019-03-06 03:19

    This book is about an aging hipster alcoholic in denial about her self-loathing and is quite depressing. I thought of not finishing it but I was procrastinating so I skipped through it (pretty fast once I got tired of the unlikable narrator's voice).39 year-old Sara B makes a living taking pictures of people on the street and categorising them into Dos and Don'ts for a fashion/pop-culture magazine in Montreal. We watch her lose her touch at work and in relationships. In a drunken daze, she tries to avoid the state her life is in. There's an All about Eve subplot (complete with a character named Eva!), or maybe it's the plot, but it's unevenly executed. That she manages to "survive" the crisis and reinvent herself, without at all addressing her core problems is unrealistic, if not borderline delusional. Perhaps the whole thing is meant to be ironic. After all, irony is currently much revered by hipsters, as this book presents with more than a little derision.Overall though the main problem with the book was that there was no development. Sara has poor self-esteem. She is mindlessly ambling through her own life, which starts unraveling as she cynically sneers at anything and everything - old people, middle aged people, suburbanites, babies, lawyers, doctors, hipsters, old friends, Sara looks down on them all... She seems to turn things around in the end, but it does not feel genuine. She's still selfish and hollow. She has not learned to love herself or accept herself. A detached, passive woman, supposedly surviving the crisis with a new gimmick that's sure to last just as long as that champagne buzz she has going. As yesterday's Don't becomes a Do, she also gets a new guy. Hooray! But she still has no control over her life, watching it happen to her in between blackouts. She's unlikable, rude, self-absorbed and drunk. We can neither love Sara B, nor even seriously hate her as she's too pathetic for that. We're just pointlessly watching her, uncomfortable, as she's tuned out of her own life, self-medicating, and marching blindly onward without learning anything. I found it almost disturbing to even suggest she could possibly be a representation of a strong female entrepreneur. All she does is find another temporary niche in her hipster "library", not even through hard work and originality per se, but due to luck, support and money. And a fairy godmother! For real.I kept thinking there would come a point where Sara B. faces the core problems she has, which is that she has a seriously low self-esteem and a drinking problem. Now I'm not one for sparkly recovery stories, but after Sara stumbling through one hangover after another, one hopes for a point to witnessing all that. I wish the author had either written a lighter book, perhaps with some sort of recovery and happy ending for Sara, or actually bite the bullet and dig into the character, the reasons behind Sara's self-loathing, drug abuse, and generally self-destructive behavior. We hear of a distant mother, but not much else. The core issue of a woman's midlife crisis could have been developed into the real heart of a novel. Instead, this is an uneven mess, at times gimmicky and cheesy, at others deeply depressing.I can't recommend much about this book. It's not funny, the writing is uneven, spelling mistakes abound... Entire sections, presumably meant to shock or impress, dissolve into uncomfortable rants. At times, I thought the author might be as drunk as Sara. I guess I can find one good thing to say about this book: "Satin Rules" was funny.

  • Leah
    2019-03-13 01:25

    Sara B. is losing her cool. Not just in the momentary-meltdown kind of way – though there’s that, too. At the helm of must-read Snap magazine, veteran style guru Sara B. has had the job – and joy – for the past fifteen years of eviscerating the city’s fashion victims in her legendary Dos and Don’ts photo spread. But now on the un-hip edge of forty, with ambitious hipster kids reinventing the style world, Sara’s being spit out like an old Polaroid picture: blurry, undeveloped and obsolete. Fueled by alcohol, nicotine and self-loathing, Sara launches into a cringeworthy but often comic series of blowups – personal, professional and private – that culminate in an epiphany. That she, the arbiter of taste, has made her living by cutting people down…and somehow she’s got to make amends.Snapped only came to my attention when I was offered the book for review, before then I’d never even heard of it. Turns out it was released in America a couple of years ago and is only just coming out in the UK in 2011. I really liked the sound of it, and was thrilled to receive a proof copy to review. I had a few books to read before I could get to Snapped, but I finally managed to find a space in my reading schedule to give it a read and, unfortunately, I wasn’t impressed.The book opens promisingly enough, with Sara B at a restaurant where she takes a picture of “Parrot Girl” for her DOs and DONTs column. That’s where she meets Eva, who becomes her personal assistant. It’s clear from the off that Sara’s struggling with her life the way it is. She’s in a long-distance relationship with Jack and she’s worried she doesn’t have what it takes to know what’s in and what’s out in the world of fashion. But from there everything just goes downhill and Sara lurches from one disaster to the next and instead of coming across as a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown, she just seemed desperate and I found it faintly embarrassing.I must admit, Snapped has one of the worst cast of characters I’ve ever come across. Not only are most of the characters loathsome, but there’s absolutely nothing redeeming about them at all. They’re ugly on the inside and ugly on the outside. Sara is an awful person, she’s crude and I just didn’t warm to her at all. And for me the main character has got to be likeable, or at least have something redeemable about her and she didn’t. Eva, Sara’s so-called biggest fan, was no better. I liked her to begin with, but what she does is terrible. Ted, Sara’s business partner, is disgusting in so many ways and his wife Genevieve is little better. The only characters I liked in the book were the lovely Lila and Esther, two old folks who come into Sara’s life.Snapped is told entirely from Sara’s point of view, which would work if Sara was at all likeable. But she’s not, so I just found myself wanting to hit her and tell her to get a grip of herself. No one forced her to do the things she does, so her pity party was all her own doing. I quite liked the style of writing, for the most part, but the crudeness made me want to put the book down in shame. I’ve never read a book that features so much swearing and I found it very off-putting. I don’t like it in books and it ruined the book for me. The only redeemable part of the novel was Sara’s idea for her own salvation at the end of the book. Yes, it kind of came out of nowhere but it was the best part of the book. So unfortunately this book didn’t work for me at all, despite the fact that I really wanted to like it.

  • Merredith
    2019-03-22 00:39

    This is a book about the 39 yr old editor and cofounder of montreal magazine snap (which doesnt exist in real life). She was known for taking people's photos for a do and dont section, like the one that's in, i think glamour, but without the black bar over the eyes. she has a sort of midlife crisis and her life falls apart, oh and she's a big alcoholic who never gets help. and shes stupid and whiny. i never liked this character, or any of the characters. they all acted really absurdly. why would she basically let someone take over her job? why would she be drunk every single morning, noon and night, and no one ever really cares? why would her best friend never talk to her again, but still keep her husband? why would a stranger who she didnt even treat nicely give her all of her dead best friend's things and chauffeur her around the city? and the guy at the end, there must be something super wrong with him to be with her... i also didnt like the whole drama of how mean she was her whole life to do those donts. do you really think it ruined people's lives, that they were CRYING and devastated from seeing themselves as a dont in some dumb magazine? id laugh, send my photo to everyone i know, and just probably never wear that outfit again. they make it like she was doing something horrible and she gets amends. i dont know. it was just dumb. im not sure why i read the whole thing. quick read though.

  • Kim
    2019-03-07 22:35

    I do not know how or why some people feel that they get to say what is right or wrong to wear. In this "All About Eve" tale, Sara B. gets usurped as a fashion maven by her assistant. No one who needs to learn anything does, no one who needs a come-upance gets one. Big let down.

  • Lisa Westerfield
    2019-02-26 23:23

    Sara B. has made her minor fame and small fortune from snapping photos of Montreal hipsters and nerds for the last fifteen years for her publication ‘Snap’. Ted, who is her business partner and one time only lover, is married to her best friend Gen who was a late 80’s singing sensation whose fame might be getting another fifteen minutes after her reality show debuts. John is her boyfriend and nine years younger than her…they also have an arrangement that they can have sex with others as long as the ‘others’ aren’t dates. She is chugging along with life, fretting over her approaching 40th birthday and holding others in contempt especially hipster saints like the girl in the restaurant/bar who has a parrot on her shoulder. In the opening chapter, Sara is contemplating how the parrot girl’s outfit must have taken her some time to choose so that it has just the right elements of new mixed with the current retro passion. Because the woman has a parrot, Sara thinks she is trying too hard and although technically she could be a ‘Do’, Sara wants to label her a ‘Don’t’ because people who go out in public with parrots should be punished. She takes her Polaroid of the girl, even has her sign a release form, and is very satisfied with herself for being parrot proactive when another girl named Eva comes by… I was on my second hour of reading this book when I figured that it was based, at least in part, on ‘All About Eve’. Eva becomes Sara’s assistant and before anyone knows it, least of all Sara, Eva is contributing to ‘Snap’ and has a lot of nifty ideas that she wants to pass along. Of course Sara doesn’t notice as much because she is too busy drinking and trying to figure out why she doesn’t feel fulfilled anymore from making sport of others. I’ll cut to the chase and say that I loved ‘Snapped’ although as I’m rereading my first few paragraphs of this review, I realize that the protagonist isn’t the most likeable of individuals on paper, yet I assure you Pamela Klaffke’s sparkling writing makes her more palpable. Sara is going through a mid-life crisis and Klaffke makes some hilarious observations. “Free,” I say. Like that explains anything. I think I may be retarded today, but I know enough to know I can’t say that because this isn’t junior high and when Ted and I called everything gay and retarded and we called each other gaylord and retard. You can’t say that unless you created South Park and you’re saying it through those animated kids that are surprisingly still funny, because you never know who’s gay or has a retard in their family. (page 29) I tell her I don’t care who’s a DO and who’s a DON’T – I expect this to shock her, my biggest reveal – but the moment I say it aloud I want to crawl out of the room, down the steps and into the night. I’ll travel through alleyways and low-traffic side streets, I’ll forage behind Dumpsters and befriend raccoons. I’ll learn their ways and their customs. A young girl will find me and coax me to her backyard, where she’ll feed me berries from the trees and leftover steak she smuggles out of her house. We’ll be secret friends and I’ll never have to talk because she’ll think I’m a raccoon. But this will not have a happy ending. The girl will grow up and she’ll tell someone – a boyfriend – about me and he’ll tell someone else and soon there’s a documentary crew and a book deal and a reporter from Vanity Fair living with me in the corner of the girl’s backyard. It’s no longer quiet and I have no choice but to speak just to tell them to all to shut up. Then the girl figures out that I’m not a raccoon and we’re no longer friends. (pages 94-95) The remedy to her ennui is that she has to grow up, which is exactly what her now suburban based business partner yells at her after she commits a faux pas of snapping his surgically breast enhanced neighbors at his son’s one year birthday party. Sara thinks it is hysterical, but she was encouraged by Eva to do it. Eva and Ted have some secrets of their own. ‘Snapped’ had me laughing and wondering what was going to happen next – which is a nice change of pace in comparison to most chick lits (although many of them are humorous, you usually know the way the who, what, and why within the first ten pages). It was nice to read a book geared towards a female audience that had the character questioning her life on all levels despite achieving success. At times, I thought the book was too negative in its observations, but Klaffke’s writing was so brilliant that I learned to forgive. With that being said, there are a few superficial things that work against this book – mainly the cover. I have been reading chick lit for quite some time, and probably read more of it than the average Mama bear, thus when I picked up the book I thought it was supposed to appeal to a younger demographic than the back of the book synopsis would otherwise indicate. Beyond all else, I was also a tad confused by the constant use of Polaroid cameras since the company hasn’t been selling film since February 2008. Otherwise, I would recommend this book for a winter giggle or for a summer read. The passages dedicated to Sara’s potential mutant baby are worth the retail price alone.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-21 01:28

    This book rubbed me the wrong way but i kept reading because I thought it was part of the storyline...for the main character to be completely unlikeable and then make her way around to being someone I could eventually care what happened to. Unfortunately the main character still wasn't likable or relatable even by the end of the book. The main character has a vivid imagination, and envisions scenarios similar to what Ally McBeal would imagine. But somehow the main character in "Snapped" goes beyond what I would consider normal daydreams, and envisions terrible things happening to people that have done nothing to wrong her at all. An older woman is sweet to her and helps her and this girl observes how wrinkly her skin is and how much she does not the woman to touch her. And yet she continues to accept help from this woman and use her to get what she wants. Honestly I would not bother reading another novel written by this author. This book went beyond meaningless and confused and ventured into hateful and derogatory.

  • Siany
    2019-03-19 04:39

    Unfortunately I only made it to 60 pages in, and when a book is only 246 pages that says a lot about how much I didnt enjoy those pages I did read.It wasnt the writiing style, in fact I actually thought the author's writing style was quite good. Unfortunately I did not like the main character, and I didnt like any of the other characters. And for me, its essential that I like at least 1 character.Maybe its because I cant relate to the main character. I am only 24 whereas she is nearly 40. But then again I have read plenty of books with older characters and never found them so hard going as I did Sara.I probably wouldnt read anything from this author again.

  • Kara
    2019-03-03 00:26

    Sara B. is an aged too cool for everyone hipster who suddenly finds herself and her life taken over by the new it girl. Too bad for Sara B. A woman that Sara B. met dies and leaves her a collection of vintage fashion magazines and books, so she opens a private library? And is going to be able to make a living from this? Yeah, that happens in real life ALL. THE. TIME.

  • Sarah Hartshorn
    2019-03-15 04:37

    Truth be told - only made it to page 100. This novel is awful. Undeveloped, shallow character, mindless dialogue and zero substance. Tried to get through it, but I think I would have preferred eating a plate of broken glass over enduring one more page of this awful rag. Thumbs down.

  • Filla Rooney
    2019-03-16 04:35

    This book was as vapid and vacuous as the world it attempts to satire at times. Plus it's depressing. It was not funny or smart. Just the rambling story of an aging alcoholic loser. Avoid.

  • Julie
    2019-03-23 03:23

    Vapid and souless. A must skip.

  • Jay Pal
    2019-03-08 00:33

    I hated this. Sara B. is the WORST character i have ever encountered. Total fucking doormat. I wanted to punch her in the face. With a hammer.

  • Geoff Wooldridge
    2019-03-18 00:36

    Vacuous, crass, trashy and pretentious - and that's using polite words and being somewhat kind.This Canadian modernist version of angst-ridden chick-lit nonsense contains absolutely nothing to recommend itself to lovers of quality literature.Here we have a lead character, Sara B, a co-founder of, and a photographer for a hip, trendy magazine that specializes in humiliating people who have committed the mortal sin of being seen in public in what has been arbitrarily judged as a fashion faux-pas.Sara B is a 39 year old woman who has a serious problem with body image, excessive consumption of alcohol and prescription drugs, an inability to form and maintain meaningful relationships with both men and women, and who seems totally obsessed with the shapes of men's sexual organs.I get it that Sara is supposed to have reached some crisis point in her life, achieved some sort of epiphany whereby she realizes how empty, meaningless and worthless her life is, but she is no more likeable or stable when she quits her magazine job, starts a new library specializing in old magazines, and finds a new boyfriend. The Sara at the end of the novel is just as horrid as the one at the beginning.The dialogue is truly awful, the plot contrived and ridiculous and the writing is trashy, repetitious and smart-ass. And it's not even funny!Don't waste your time.

  • Katherine Pederson
    2019-02-28 01:14

    This book made me cross the author off my reading list.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-05 02:30

    Snapped is the story of Sara B, who has made her living from taking snaps of people and categorising them as DOs and DON'Ts for fashionista mag Snap, which she co-founded. As she approaches forty, Sara starts to realise that she is losing her ability to tell the DOs from the DON'Ts and what follows is an entire self-destruct of her life - and the discovery that life can be more than fashion.This was an odd little book - at times very funny, at times extremely dark, at times dull. If I were one of the people that only gives a book a certain amount of time before putting it down, then I'm not sure I would have made it to the end. As it is, I did read the whole book and found a truly delightful ending that made the rest of Snapped worthwhile.You spend the entirety of Snapped in Sara B's head, which is a place full of thoughts about mutant babies and mushroom-headed dicks, and this part of the novel I couldn't stand. Sara B's nasty reflections on people became tiresome very quickly, and I didn't like her drinking or casual sex. I felt her dislike of old people was a point made too heavily. In fact, Sara B was the low point of the novel. The high point for me was the character of Esther, an elderly lady who guides Sara towards the life that she should be living. Esther is a wonderful character, heart warming and wise. Without her presence this would be a very empty novel - as it was, Esther ensures that there is a real heart to Snapped, a journey to enlightenment.There are also some very funny parts of Snapped - slapstick humour, snarky comments and a bite to the dialogue that I enjoyed. Klaffke presents the life of a fashionista with skill, showcasing the bitchy relationships and the nastiness of presenting ordinary people as DON'Ts.I would genuinely give this novel a chance. Push past the self-absorption of Sara B and allow yourself to delight in the cast of secondary characters that really bring Snapped to life. And the ending makes it all worth it. A cautious recommendation.

  • Alea
    2019-03-07 04:20

    Snapped was sort of a mixed bag for me. At first I loved the author's humorous voice and the setting and the characters and in the end I did as well but in the middle it got a little bizarre. Let me explain, Sara goes off on these tangents in her mind where she thinks of all these horrible things that can happen and some of them were a little bit revolting. I think if that was toned down a bit it wouldn't have distracted me so much from what I liked about the book.I really admire the originality of the author's voice and how she goes places others wouldn't dare though. I'm not sure if I exactly share her sense of humor though in the end, because while the book is listed as comical (specifically Sara making a fool of herself) I didn't find very much funny in that and it kind of stressed me out at times.While Sara was hit and miss for me (though I do love what she decides to do with herself at the end!) one character I adored was an elderly lady she befriends by the name of Esther, anytime Esther was in a scene I loved it. I loved the stories she shared about her friend Lila and the things she did for Sara. I was also fascinated by Eva who I think really represented a different generation from Sara and was interesting to see them befriend each other and then clash.Overall there is some really good stuff here but there were some things I could have done without. I will definitely watch to see what Klaffke comes up with next though!

  • Robbin
    2019-03-05 04:42

    This should be the Bible for every 30 to 40 something woman who was cool back in the day and is struggling with embracing adulthood. Let me introduce you to Sara B., a neurotic woman turning 40 whose life as Queen of Cool slowly starts to unravel when her new friend/newly hired assistant usurps her at Snap, a magazine she co-founded with a longtime friend. Sara B. is a woman you will love to hate and learn to love. You will be privy to her innermost thoughts and feelings, her failings and stone is left unturned. I love Sara B. and I see a lot of myself in her. I can relate to Sara B. I know how she feels reconnecting with an old friend from back in the day only to find they've traded the bohemian life to become a suburbanite who buys into the white picket fence dream. The only difference is, I'm not a bitch and I do care about people's feelings. Sara B. is definitely a bitch who has little regard for others until the shoe's on the other foot. Trust me, you will LOVE this book! I don't keep fiction and definitely not paperback books, but I must find a beat up, used copy of this!

  • Amy Sheridan
    2019-03-05 06:34

    Ssome of the reviewers here complained about the narrator being unlikable, but I found her unlikability to be part of her charm - sure, she does some asshole stuff, but then she immediately acknowledges it and feels bad about it. And a great portion of her asshole thoughts are things I've thought from time to time.The only thing I didn't like was how uncannily lucky the main character was, she gumps her way in and out of careers and relationships and the only bad thing that happens to her is that her best friend stops being her best friend, but since we never saw much of the relationship with this friend, it doesn't seem like a huge loss.Still, though, this is one of the few books I won't delete from my iPod when I'm done with it.

  • Mary
    2019-03-27 05:40

    I loved this book. Was it the most well written book I've ever read? No. Was it the most original storyline? Not particularly. But for some reason, reading about this woman who goes through some slow sort of revelation about the horrendous way she has been treating people and then her mental path through life really interested me. I genuinely wanted to know what happened with each of the characters-sleazebag ones included. I tried to imagine myself as her throughout the entire book and couldn't, because it feels so far out there...yet I'm sure there are people that feel like her every day. I don't know, but I was pleasantly surprised considering the ratings on this site.

  • Robin
    2019-03-01 00:24

    Inside this All About Eve Story is a less-likable Margo Channing set in the insta-friend Canadian midwest. Episodic at best and repetitive at worst, Snapped's geratest flaw is a narrative voice you don't want to spend time with. Her big revelation (this is not a spoiler) is that she is an asshole, and well... what to do about that? A few too many plotlines, some funny secondary characters, a behind-the-scenes-in-magazines view about as deep as "Just Shoot me." And please do. I didn't finish it. I'll give it 2 stars for not being a complete mess, but I can't say I liked it much.

  • Shereka
    2019-02-26 05:32

    On one hand one can identify with Sara B. (suddenly realizing that what you have been doing for years is no longer what you want to do and being somewhat out of it) and on the other, she really needs to grow up as Ted had mentioned. There is also this pressing desire to dunk her into a huge tub of hot soapy water and scrub her clean with a wash brush! That's from head to toe, inside and outside. Yuck!

  • Beth Ann
    2019-03-02 01:41

    I thought a book written about a 39 year old style guru who made a living off of posting snapshots of DO's and DON'T's would be interesting. While the premise of the book was what pulled me in I found myself quickly skimming pages because the main character was annoying and had --yes--I will say it ---a potty mouth. Maybe I was just too old to be reading this book.

  • Nikki
    2019-03-18 02:42

    Sometimes vulgar, sometimes funny, but mostly eh. I was happy with the transformation of the character from beginning to end, but the transformation itself made me want to put this book down and not finish reading it more than once. I'm glad I pushed through to see the character come out as a better and happier person.

  • Lindsy Clark
    2019-03-22 04:35

    SOOO glad to be done with this book. The fact that it took me over a month to read some 250 pages is pretty evident, I think. I wouldn't say it was a terrible book, but it was very angsty and pathetic in a my-life-is-so-terrible-and-it's-all-my-fault kind of way. The book does end on a happy-ish note, but it's kind of unrealistic. Meh.

  • Scotchneat
    2019-02-24 22:34

    Sara B. has made a living as a snarky fashionista/trendhunter, but her full-time professions is getting drunk, loathing herself and boinking young men.When the tables turn on her, courtesy of Sara B. 2.0, she falls hard, learns some things and finds a different way to be cool (and of course, finds some redemption).

  • Sarah
    2019-03-25 01:30

    1.5 stars. I just wanted to tell the main character to grow up. Granted, that was a main theme in the book, but man, she was insufferable. It was occasionally funny, and I actually really enjoyed her relationship with Esther, an elderly woman. That was why I rounded up.

  • Celeste Thayer
    2019-03-15 02:42

    A good, interesting novel about a lady who obviously is not happy in her life, and the effort she goes through to fix what ails her. She's a bit of an antihero at first (how much did I hate her!) but she grows on you, and the situations she finds herself in are amusing and sometimes cringeworthy.

  • Cathleen
    2019-03-03 02:17

    I wasn't expecting gentility, but why does being sassy and contemporary so often mean vulgarity?

  • Jenn
    2019-03-18 04:27

    My review can be found here:

  • Krystle
    2019-03-19 04:40

    screams, canadian version of VICE magazine's DO's and DON'Ts. not sure if i can get behind this book.