I have read other Stephani Hecht stories and enjoyed them. This novella thought felt as if the chapters were bookends waiting to hold up other titles.
The beginning tells of Marc and Sammy's first time being together (and the chaos surrounding it), while the ending starts with how what tore them apart could very well be reconciled.
One other issue I had with the reading is that, while the title could refer to the scenes being "snapshots" into those particular points of Marc's and Sammy's lives, I had expected there to be more written from Marc's point of view as well since he is the one who went into journalism and Sammy went into social work.
Outside of those points, Snapshots and Bylines was a nice, quick read.
Best friends in high school, Marc and Sammy each harbored a secret attraction for the each other, but neither dared act on their feelings for fear of ruining their friendship. Finally one night during the summer after their senior year, they gave into their desires and had a passionate encounter. Well…as passionate as one can get when one of them had a dog bite, the other an allergic reaction to strawberries and both had a bad case of poison ivy. But just as they get together, Marc and Sammy were torn apart when life and family obligations interfere.
It’s been ten years and Sammy never got over losing Marc. Even though he has a successful career as a social worker at the local GLBT youth center, Sammy has always felt as if a piece of himself is missing. Then one day when he least expects it, Marc shows up at the center, wanting to film a documentary. Sammy is shocked and hurt that Marc has stayed away so long only to turn up when he needs something.
What Sammy doesn’t know is Marc had a good reason for staying away. One that could not only destroy their lives, but the love they once had for each other and any choice of a future together.