Release Day Review - Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris

Thursday 7 June 2012.

UnravellingUnravelling by Elizabeth Norris
Published: 7th June 2012
By: Harper Collins Children's Books
ISBN: 000746021X
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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Emaginette said...

I tweeted this baby. :-)

Jennifer Messerschmidt said...

haha yeah I find swearing definitely fits sometimes. When you are facing crazy circumstances you cuss. If you are brought back to life you will probably cuss. lol Glad to hear Janelle is a great character and that her and Ben make a good couple. Yay for no love triangle. I've been wanting to read this one for a long time.

Rachelanbig said...

 Wow, another 5 star review for this! I have this at home, I just need to read it.  Excellent review, Suzanne.  I cracked up when I read that  you like the swearing in it! :)

Suzanne @ Paranormal Book Fan said...

Thanks for the tweet :)

Nicola said...

Yayy! Another Unravelling fan! It was all sorts of amazing. Lovely review Suzanne!! 

Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

Amazing review, Suzanne! I'm so happy you liked this too. I also adored the characters (especially Elijah and Alex) and was so thankful that a love triangle didn't spring up. The wait for the next book will be agonising but let's hope it's just as great as this one! ;) 

Sel said...

Hi Suzanne, thanks for dropping by my WoW post :) I had this book on my TBR all the while, and your review just confirms it's awesomeness! So glad you loved it, and thank god that there is no love triangle...

Amazing review, I'm going to go get my hands on a copy asap!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I agree this was a fantastic read. I reviewed back in April and loved it. So different and unique and talk about tear your heart out a few times. I loved Alex and Ben and was so glad there was not a love triangle, I will definitely be reading the sequel.

Elodie RASO said...

Amazing review Suzanne :) !! I can' t wait to read this book .. I'll buy the English edition because the cover looks prettier than the US  !! 

Giselleco said...

I'm reading this for review next week and I,m SO excited the reviews for it are blowing my mind! I'm with yo on the swearing I often find it's just fitting. I used to swear as a teen and I don't know anyone who didn't. But the characters sound great and no insta-love is a major plus!! Great review!

Pam said...

It looks good!  Great review! 

DonnasReviews said...

Woohoo! *Happy Dance* that someone loved this just as much as me. Ben, wow....I love him. And his comment "I f***ing love you" So swoon-worthy! Great review. 

Suzanne @ Paranormal Book Fan said...

My favourite line from the book :)

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