STORYLINE: Tabby, a self-absorbed teenager with gorgeous hair, loses her crowning glory through a planned mishap. Although she has a wonderful group of friends and is popular at school, she feels invisible to her family and that without her hair she’s a nonentity. The radical change in her looks takes her on a journey of discovery that changes her life.
PLAYERS: Tabby Karim is a spunky, Turkish-American teenager who doesn’t take any foolishness from anybody. With her supportive group of friends, she weathers attacks from a racist schoolmate, plus a teacher who seems to have it in for her. Tabby is also wrapped up in her own idea of beauty and is the typical teenager, thinking the world revolves around her needs. Plus, she’s a drama queen.
Tabby’s love interest, Michael, seems to be the epitome of what she adores in a boy. The only trouble is that her friends don’t quite see him that way. Micheal is good-looking and considerate and looks like ideal boyfriend material.
I LIKED: the fact that Tabby comes across as a real teenager. She’s a good kid, but has a streak or rebelliousness a mile wide. She stands up for her friends and does the right thing, which makes her an admirable character.
I COULD HAVE LIVED WITHOUT: the periods Tabby goes through when she thinks she’s not important to her family. It is painful for any child to believe they don’t have a place where they belong. Tabby often feels like an outsider, which makes her act out. However, this is part of what makes the story work and helps with her growth process as her point of view shifts.
OVERALL COMMENTS: Tabby grows and changes as the book progresses, which makes her story worth reading. She moves from being self-centred to caring about how her actions affect other people, owns up to her mistakes and makes amends. I found her dilemma with her hair touching. It’s a rude awakening for her, when what she equates as being important is taken away from her and she begins to feel invisible. She adapts to her situation and learns how to make it work for her. Though Tabby is sneaky, the thing I admire most about her as a character is the fact that she has an active conscience that forces her to do right by the people she wrongs.
COVER NOTE: The emphasis on the hair works, as much of Snip, Snip Revenge is about Tabby’s life, before and after her beautiful hair is lost.