Release Date: April 24th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she’s opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, she knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.
But her revival, and Ben’s possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father’s files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what’s right in front of her: Everything that’s happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben’s sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process.
From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl’s fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming.
A strong main character who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, and a plot you wouldn’t think to expect, Unraveling is a surprise. But is it worth the investment of time?
With a cover appeasing to readers of all ages, Unraveling seems to be an incredible read, just based on the cover. But this is where the saying, don’t judge a book by its cover comes into play. Unraveling’s daunting length made me wary to begin with, but I decided to pick it up anyway.
The plot is unexpected. While the story starts normal enough – with a girl being hit by a truck, pretty much coming back to life, and some FBI snooping, it evolves into something else entirely. It was a major plot twist that I was left waiting for, and though it was completely unexpected, I can’t say I was impressed.
Janelle is a mouthy character, dropping cursewords everywhere she can. She was okay, but she isn’t a character I can find myself connecting to.
Unraveling wasn’t exceptional. It wasn’t a book I can say I utterly loved, despite the fact that I put up with all 445 pages. I liked it okay, or we can say, I borderline liked it. And while I might pick up the sequel, it won’t be a priority.