Freeze Frame is, quite simply, a stellar first novel. Heidi Ayarbe’s powerful prose compels you to turn page after page until, along with protagonist Kyle, you reach the necessary resolution to mind-numbing conflict. This story will stay under your skin for a very long time.” – Ellen Hopkins, author of the National Book Award nominee BURNED and New York Times bestseller IMPULSE.


Have you ever wanted to go back and change one moment in time?

Have you ever wondered how things would be different if just one instant of your life could be edited?

Kyle does.

But life isn’t a director’s cut of a DVD, and some things will never change.

No matter how many times Kyle re-writes the scene, he can’t get it right. He tries it in the style of Hitchcock, Tarantino, Lynch — all his favorite directors — but regardless of the style, he can’t remember what happened that day in the shed. The day that Jason died. And until he can, there’s one question that keeps haunting Kyle: Did he kill his best friend on purpose?

FREEZE FRAME was released October 7, 2008 by Laura Geringer Books (HarperTeen). Jacket design by the incredibly talented Carla Weise — art director at HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Order Freeze Frame today!! (, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s Books) And don’t forget your local indie bookstores. Mine is Sundance Bookstore in Reno, Nevada. (Mentioned in the book itself!)



2009 IRA Children’s and Young Adults’ Book Award. The IRA — International Reading Association — is “the world’s leading organization of literacy professionals”. The IRA is a nonprofit network of people and institutions committed to global literacy — over 70,000 members strong.

The Melindas — Kyle, Mr. Cordoba and I were all nominated for awards. The award-winning Eva Perry Public Library Mock Printz Club (recognized with YALSA’s MAE Award for Best Teen Literature Program) along with the NC State University Young Adult Literature graduate class held their awards ceremony February 23, 2009. Kyle, nominated for best lead main character and Cordoba for best supporting character in a novel lost out to worthy opponents. (Of course I’m supposed to say that. I’m being gracious, right?) But I was absolutely thrilled to win best up-and-coming YA author.

Nominated for the Rhode Island Teen Book Award (2010).

Freeze Frame is on Tayshas list — a list of recommended books for students grades nine to twelve. The official list has over seventy titles. Freeze Frame was highlighted in this article as being one of the best of the seventy!

AND Freeze Frame was nominated by the ALAN for BBYA (Best Books for Young Adults) in 2010.


Freeze Frame Reviews & Links

“Readers of Ayarbe’s debut novel will be thrilled that she has a second book in the works. Offer this one to fans of Gail Giles’ Right Behind You.VOYA (Starred)

“Satisfying and truly moving.” Kirkus Reviews

“This tightly written story unfolds both through Kyle’s memories and his current experiences of pain, self-loathing, and fear … A truly strong first novel.” Booklist




Freeze Frame Discussion Guide