The Photo Traveler

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Gavin learns that he is one of the last descendants of a small group of Photo Travelers—people who can time travel through photos and images. But his initial excitement turns to fear, when he soon discovers that he and his grandparents are being pursued by the fierce remnants of a radical European Photo Traveler cult, the Peace Hunters. What Gavin has, they want! More

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Words: 80,670
Language: American English
ISBN: 9780988891609
About Arthur J Gonzalez

THE PHOTO TRAVELER is young adult author Arthur J. Gonzalez's first novel. Arthur was born and raised in Miami surrounded by his loud Cuban family. He graduated from the University of Florida, where he acquired his coffee obsession and his chocolate hoarding antics. He's the proud father of one baby girl, Sookie—his miniature schnoodle dog. Arthur is a self-professed goofball who spends 98% of his life laughing. He's now working on his second novel.

Reviews

Review by: Susan Olson on Oct. 22, 2013 :
I just finished this book a few days ago and now I can't wait for the second book to come out. I really thought the characters were will done. You can feel their emotions as the author seems to bring them to life. I really loved the story line and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. The story wasn't difficult to follow though I found so many twists that made it interesting reading. I will be buying the next book because I'm hooked.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jes Hindley on March 29, 2013 :
I was drawn into this story from the first paragraph. You could tell the torment behind Gavin's actions even in the opening scene where his "sister" ignores him and subsequently causes him the torture that follows. Right after that episode gavin discovers that he still has grandparents living across the country and he hightails it to the bus station and "gets the heck out of Dodge". I think that those actions are fairly believable and I appreciate the fact that Gonzalez gives us backstory about Gavin's adoptive parents and his living situation. We find out that life hasn't always been like this for him, and the further you read, the more you understand why things are the way they are.

There are several things that stood out to me throughout the book; the initial meeting with Yogi being one (Hello, that camera was a major tip off!!!),Gavin's visits with his parents (that is just cool and confusing at the same time), and Gavin's reaction to Alanna's picture being another. I knew from the moment I read that scene that it would become a major player in the book. I am very interested to see how Gonzalez unfolds that development throughout the next book.

Overall, this was a very well written book, with good character development and backstory. There are many unanswered questions, but I knew going into this book that it was the first in a series, so I expect some of those questions to be answered in The Peace Hunters. I think this fully deserves the 5 stars I gave it :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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