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All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab

March 1st, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for review

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from Carly: She was sweet. Smart. Self-destructive. She knew the secrets of Brighton Day School’s most privileged students. Secrets that got her killed.

Neily: Dumped by Carly for a notorious bad boy, Neily didn’t answer the phone call she made before she died. If he had, maybe he could have helped her. Now he can’t get the image of her lifeless body out of his mind.

Audrey: She’s the reason Carly got tangled up with Brighton’s fast crowd in the first place, and now she regrets it—especially since she’s convinced the police have put the wrong person in jail. Audrey thinks the murderer is someone at Brighton, and she wants Neily to help her find out who it is.

As reluctant allies Neily and Audrey dig into their shared past with Carly, her involvement with Brighton’s dark goings-on comes to light. But figuring out how Carly and her killer fit into the twisted drama will force Audrey and Neily to face hard truths about themselves and the girl they couldn’t save.

This book had me worried at first.  The narration alternates between Neily and Audrey with the first section being from Neily’s point of view.  I found Neily to be a really irritating character and I sometimes find it hard to get into a book with a main character I dislike.  Thankfully once we see more of Audrey I got drawn into the story.  The other slight concern was a great deal of the book is made up of flashbacks so you really have to pay attention to when events really took place.  Still this book handled it nicely and it gradually reveals more and more about each character.  Carly’s character really grabbed me as we see how she progressed from basically a braniac, good girl to ending up with the fast, drug dealing crowd.  Audrey was probably my favorite character in the story.  She was not what I was expecting and she was probably the most likeable in my opinion.

The mystery of who killed Carly was nicely paced and it’s not until probably a little more than half way through the book do you get an inkling of who the murderer is.  For the most part this story moves along nicely and was enjoyable.  The main reason it did not get a higher rating from me is the fact that it took awhile to get into and while the story is enjoyable it is probably not a book I would read again and again.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

One Response

  1. Sara L

    Great review! This book sounds pretty good!

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