Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Snip, Snip, Revenge by Medeia Sharif

Snip, Snip Revenge
by Medeia Sharif

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: April 23, 2014
Publisher: Evernight Teen
ISBN: 1771308176
Genre: YA Fiction
Print Length: 246 pages


Beautiful, confident Tabby Karim has plans for the winter: nab a role in her school’s dramatic production, make the new boy Michael hers, and keep bigoted Heather—with her relentless Ay-rab comments—at bay. When a teacher’s lie and her father’s hastiness rob her of her beautiful hair, her dreams are dashed. The fastest barber in Miami Beach has made her look practically bald.

With all her pretty hair gone, Tabby doesn’t believe she fits the feminine role she’s auditioning for. Michael is still interested in her, but he’s playing it cool. Heather has taken to bullying her online, which is easier to do with Tabby’s ugly haircut. Tabby spearheads Operation Revenge, which proves satisfying until all of her problems deepen. After messing up, she sets to make things right.

Snip, Snip RevengeMy Review
Snip, Snip, Revenge by Medeia Sharif
My Rating: 5 Stars 

Ah, the teenaged years, confusing, overwhelming and sometimes brutal, even for a girl who seems to have it all. Tabby is beautiful, she has goals for the future, both near and distant, she is headstrong, has attitude and hides her insecurities behind her perfect mane of hair. Living in a world where appearances are everything, attending a fine arts school where the competition can be brutal and bullying is allowed to run amok, Tabby seems to have landed at the top of the heap, but a lice scare at school, a spiteful teacher and a self-absorbed father whose business is more important than his daughter manage to shatter every ounce of self-esteem and self-identity that she has. With a few snips of the scissors, Tabby’s tresses are gone and she is left with hair shorter than most boys.
What remains is a shell of the girl she portrayed and Tabby must learn to cultivate her inner assets and rely less on the external gifts she was given in the genetic lottery.

Snip, Snip, Revenge by Medeia Sharif is a true coming of age story that follows an often “difficult to like” young heroine as she learns what is really important in life. It isn’t the plays, the popularity or the ability to bulldoze over others, but who Tabby really is. Ms. Sharif has captured the essence of a teen in Tabby, not quite grown up, not quite as confident as she portrays and wanting to have a family who rally sees her and cares about her. What of young love? Will she learn to accept that a boy could care about her for herself? Will she learn that revenge is often not worth the price her conscience will pay?

The satellite characters are equally as magnetic as Tabby, and I don’t think Ms. Sharif expected we would like them all. She has done an outstanding job of connecting with the reader with her intense scenes, detailed backdrops and the inner turmoil of a young girl. Very well written, I was hooked first out of curiosity, but I was reeled in by a marvelous tale.

I received this copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.


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