Thursday, January 27, 2011

Trapped by Michael Northrop Review

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (February 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0545210127
ISBN-13: 978-0545210126

                 4 Butterflies

Product Description:

The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. That for those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive....

Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn't seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially when distractingly hot Krista and Julie are sleeping just down the hall. But then the power goes out, then the heat. The pipes freeze, and the roof shudders. As the days add up, the snow piles higher, and the empty halls grow colder and darker, the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision....

My Thoughts:

I decided to read Trapped during a snow storm.  I'm not so sure that was such a wise decision.  Everytime I would take a break from reading I would get up expecting snow to be up to the roof and afraid to get out from under my blanket.  It would take me a minute to realize I wasn't in a snowed in, freezing

Being snowed in to the degree that these kids get snowed in is such a scary concept!  I've been stuck in blizzards, but it's never been anything like that.  There were times that I was so into the story that I wanted to scream ideas at the characters they could use to stay warm, like I would with a great movie.  Ended up being that my ideas weren't as smart as what the teens would come up  These kids were quite resourseful, coming up with ideas I never would have thought of.  Although, I don't care how stinky we would have been after a few days, I would have been cuddling up with anyone and everyone searching for some body heat!

The only thing I didn't love about the book was the abrupt ending.  I would have really enjoyed an extra chapter letting us know how it all ended up being.  Whether their parents had survived while they were trapped in the school, things like that, but it still didn't take too much away from the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  It was a scary tale of what it takes to survive.  The thought that it could actually happen to me has me hunting up flashlights, stocking up on food, and checking that I have propane and extra blankets everytime it snows!
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  1. Ha, what a perfect book to read during a snow storm! I've never read a book with a story quite like this. It looks interesting.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Reading Addict

  2. I usually don't like abrupt endings either, but I usually mull them over in my head for a while, and find that they made sense somehow. Anyways, I hope that happens with your experience, too!



  3. Oooo four butterflies! I do not like endings that end so fast either, but I do like snow stories and this one sounds really good! Thanks for the review and giveaway!
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  4. Uh... WOW! This is probably my worst fear when it snows. Because I live in the South and the entire world shuts down here when it snows and inch. But to be completely cut off from everyone and everything.... SCARY!!! And you're probably right, not the best idea to read it during a snow storm.
    +2 Tweeted:!/BritneyWyatt/status/30629779896016896

  5. Thanks for your honest review. I would love to read the book.

  6. This book literally scares the pants off of me. I hate the snow...I live in TX for a reason! I can't imagine this happening in my life....eeeek.

    Thx for giveaway!

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  7. It is great that you read this during a snow storm. So appropriate. Thanks for the great review.

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  8. I've been interested in this book for quite a while. I'm used to the snow (I'm from WY) so I have some concept about how scary snow storms can get but this situation is terrifying!
    +2 Tweeted at!/LexieBookBug/status/30642737522937856

  9. Definitely sounds like a book to read curled up in front of a fire! It's amazing how powerful nature can be.

  10. I grew up in Iowa and remember being snowbound ... several times. I would love to read this book. In the middle of summer when snow is just a memory.

  11. I love that this book actually made you worried that you were snowed in! It must have been a great book (minus the abrupt ending). I would love to read it!



  12. Oooh I saw this book at borders and thought it looked good, but I
    really wanted someone else's opinion before I bought it. Great review,
    so glad you liked it! Please enter me!



    I tweeted!

  13. I love snow, and living in TX, CA, and FL, don't really have a chance... SO, a snowy book is high on my TBR list! Thanks for the chance to win!!

    I tweeted:!/IceyBooks/status/30663063292088320


  14. I just moved to KS from CA and I'm still getting used to the snow... so this is kinda scary to me :) but I NEED to read it hehe

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  15. This books sounds interesting. I've lived in Michigan, Ohio and Utah. I know snow. I've actually literally been snowed into my house before during high school with some friends, while my parents were out of town! I somewhat know the feeling of being trapped. I'd like to see what these kids experience and feel while being trapped. Thanks for the review.


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  16. This is one of the reasons I love book bloggers: because I find out about books I never would have heard about otherwise. Great review! I am now interested in this book. :)

    One Page Reviews

  17. Yeah, it was the end that I was wishing for a bit more. To find out how everyone else fared, etc. It was a great read though!

  18. Such a scary concept! I don't like being cold, so this sounds like complete torture, but a great read. Thanks for letting us know about it! I retweeted:!/candacemom2two/status/30675185526902784


  19. I've been wanting this book, really badly! Just looking at the cover, makes me want to read it because it's that season (we're under about 6 inches of snow right now). It's very intriguing and I'm very interested in reading it.

    My email is amberr610[at]gmail[dot]com.

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  20. Great review! I really liked Gentlemen, so I've been looking forward to this book, too. I thought your comment about reading the book while it was snowing -- It's snowing where I live right now and I would be a bit freaked out if I got trapped (mostly because although I work at a library, and there would be plenty to read... there's not much food). :)


  21. I can't wait to read this one. It sounds so good! Although yeah, maybe not the best idea to read it during a snow storm. That was like me with reading the book Columbine by Dave Cullen. I read it a mere week before the school year started and so I was paranoid I would have students who wanted to come in and shoot up the school.

    beths0103 at yahoo dot com

    I tweeted the giveaway:!/FoodieBooklvr/status/30693489595383808

  22. Great review! I just recently read and reviewed a book called Gentlemen by this same author and it was really good. I'm crossing my fingers for this giveaway-I would love to read another book by him!

  23. This sounds like such a creepy book. I love creepy.
    Thanks for the giveaway :)


  24. Sounds good, but I kinda wish you didn't discuss why you were unhappy with the ending - seemed a little spoilerish. But other than that, great review!

  25. Sorry if you found that spoilerish Ricky, but I only stated something bothered that WASN'T in the book, so I really don't see how that could have spoiled anything...

  26. I have heard mixed review about it but i still want to read it. thank you for the giveaway!!!

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  27. Everyone has been talking about this book now! To be honest, I really love the idea of this book. My friends and I would always talk about what would happen if we were stuck someplace by ourselves. With all of the snow and stuff, this is a great book to read. It is also cool that I'm a sophomore like the characters (:

    Awesome review ! I wouldn't care who smelled either, as long as I was warm!

    +2 I tweeted!/LostinBelievin/status/30731548365955072

    Thanks for the great giveaway !


  28. So fitting for us in the DC area right now - many stranded autos yesterday

    Thanks for the giveaway

    rmcwentz at yahoo dot com

  29. I keep seeing hugely mixed reviews for this one, but I have to say I am dying to read this one!
    I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this one!


  30. We had a snow storm like last week and I was going crazy from just being in the house for two days! I don't know if I'd be able to survive if this happened to me! Haha. Thanks for this great giveaway!

    whereyougofromhere AT gmail DOT com

  31. This sounds like an intense survival story, and living in New England, I know what horrifying things snow can do..I'd love to read it and find out more!


  32. Looking at the cover of this book reminds me of the scene in the movie The Day After Tomorrow, where they are Trapped inside the New York Public Library, burning the books to stay alive. I'm not sure why, but that makes me want to read it.

    Thanks for the giveaway:
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  33. As I read the synopsis, I was thinking "this is what could have happened on the East Coast with all the snow they've had lately.! I've never experienced real snowfall or a blizzard, so I'm not sure how I would react, but it sounds like these kids had to be pretty resourceful to survive.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    shelcows AT gmail DOT com

  34. First time hearing about this one, sounds good!

  35. I love being snowed in. Not so sure how I'd feel without heat or electricity. This sounds like the perfect book to read during a snowy winter night. Please include me in this drawing. Thanks! (Hugs)Indigo


  36. Haha, man, with all the snow I've been getting lately, this sounds like the PERFECT read.... I'm curious to know what clever ways they came up with to keep warm! This novel sounds like those crazy what-if stories that I thought about when bored at school. Sounds like a fun read on a winter night!


  37. This sounds like a great read for a quiet overcast/story day. Great review. Looking forward to this one.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  38. Ooh, that sounds like a really fun book. I think if I don't win this I will just have to imagine the storyline in my dreams. So many people say that it sounds so romantic being snuggled up close by a fire with someone you love while it snows outside. It seems that this book might just bring a touch of reality to that sparkly bubble. Thanks for alerting me to this book.


  39. It sounds like an intense story and, with snow piled high, also possible.
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  40. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I really want to read this book. It sounds good.

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  42. Whenever there's a weather worry, it's in the back of my mind, "what if I can't get back home?" It would make a scary situation worse not knowing if everyone else is safe. This book has been on my wishlist since I heard about it!

    I tweeted!/rlawrence110/status/30979002600529920


  43. I just read a book where the characters were inside through a storm as well. Though they locked themselves in due to an epidemic but the end result was the same snowed in. Wonder how some people would react to something like that.

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  45. I just added it to my TBR :) For me it's hard to imagine being through a snow storm. I'm from FL the most snow I've seen was in NC a few years ago and there was just enough snow to throw a couple snowballs. Thanks for the giveaway!

  46. Oooh I've got this on my wishlist! I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the great review and giveaway!

    linaramz at yahoo dot com

  47. This one is already on my TBR mountain and I enjoyed your review. I often find myself talking to characters in movies/books.

  48. Oops, my email is:

  49. Ooo it sounds so good! I'm not entering the giveaway, but I'm looking forward to reading this!!!

  50. This sounds soooooo good! I live and grew up where it snows a ton and we've always joked about having to spend the night at school. Hoping it would go better than how it sounds this one went!

    Thanks for the giveaway!


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  51. Where I live, we don't have often have storms like this, so when they happen I always panic about being without electricity, food, water, etc. Maybe I shouldn't read this after all... :-P

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  52. Thanks for this great giveaway! Trapped sounds like such a good book!!

    I tweeted-!/Adidaswbm/status/31534842592104448

    sophiayunjin at gmail dot com

  53. I've so wanted to win this book its awesome you have a giveaway for it :)
    Till this day I never seen snow or played in it before so i would so love to read about it. that people actaully get trapped in because of it.


  54. I have heard a lot of great things about this book! It kind of reminds me of "The Day After Tomorrow" movie, but not as severe! I would love to win!

    Tweeted the giveaway! +1

    TaraTagli at gmail dot com

  55. This sounds like quite the horror story to me...Snow and being stuck in school for a week! lol That's just depressing!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    +2 tweet:

  56. This is kind of frightening because of all the snow we've been getting lately! I'd seriously DIE if I got trapped at school. I'm happy that you enjoyed it!

    +2 I tweeted:!/RamblingBA/status/31616466386157568

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  57. I enjoyed your honest review, you've definitely convinced me this is a TBR kind of book :)

    +2 tweeted:!/AweeshaNikole/status/31794822868115457

    Thanks so much for the give away!

  58. With the winter we have had this year, why would I want to read TRAPPED, but I do! No rythum or reason except for your interview. As long as I am snowed in with a great book, I am hooked!
    rbooth43 at yahoo dot com

  59. I love disaster movies, like Day After Tomorrow, and when I first read the description of this books it, that's what it reminded me of. Your review encourages me to want to read this book.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  60. Really winter book
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  61. Thank you SO much for this giveaway! I am SO looking forward to reading this book, as it seems like such an interesting premise! I am especially looking forward to the innovative ways that these teens would incorporate into their story of survival. I shudder at the thought of being "snowed in" - but that's just the Cali girl in me talking! Thanks for the giveaway, again...

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  62. I'm sure my sister in Wisconsin has a better feeling of being trapped than I do in Florida! I'll agree this probably wasn't the season to read this if you're worried about being snowed in!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  63. I love survival stories and you made the book seem very exciting. Now I can't wait to read it!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!


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