Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris
Published: 7th June 2012
By: Harper Collins Children's Books
Source: Review copy from Publisher
Target Audience: Young Adult
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Where to start. I always find it really hard to review a book that I loved as much as this one. I just want to gush, gush, gush.
This is Elizabeth Norris’ debut novel and she has done an exceptional job. She is an extremely talented writer. I absolutely loved her style. The way we learned a lot about some of the characters through Janelle thinking about experiences she had with them rather than them being involved in the book and interacting. I felt we found out a lot about her dad like this. We really got to know him even though he was absent for most of the story.
This book had a great cast of characters. I really liked Janelle. And Ben. And Alex. And Struz, her dad and Jared. I enjoyed them all. And the stoners, Elijah, Reid and in the beginning, Ben. I really liked the way Reid and Elijah were portrayed and their indifference and dislike towards Janelle, even though Ben was crazy about her and they were his best friends. And the understanding that Elijah and Janelle come to in the end. Struz was amazing and I loved that he was so protective of Janelle and Jared after what happened to her dad.
This may sound odd. But I liked the swearing in this. There wasn’t a lot of it and I thought it suited where it was. It was realistic, they are teenagers after all. And Janelle standing up for herself. Guys don’t always have to run to the rescue, sometimes girls are capable of looking after themselves, and Janelle definitely was. She has had to grow up before her time because of her mom’s mental illness and she does a great job of looking after Jared.
I loved the romance between Janelle and Ben; I thought it was really well done. There is no love triangle although a couple of times I felt we were getting to the point where Alex, Janelle’s best friend, was about to confess his love, but thankfully, it never came. This book was heart breaking enough without adding a love triangle.
I am trying to find something negative to say about this book and I just can’t. I LOVED it. As soon as I finished I was online to see if there was a sequel and when I discovered that there was, I was so happy I was practically bouncing on the chair like a 3 year old. Now unfortunately I just have to settle in for the long wait.
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