Book Review: And Then Everything Unraveled by Jennifer Sturman

Summary: 
Delia Truesdale has no idea her life's about to change forever. She's too busy enjoying the California summer. Her internet tycoon mother, T.K. Truesdale, is out of town, and that means Delia can spend all her time at the beach, surfing. That is, until everything unravels.

Her mother suddenly goes missing, and everyone thinks she's dead - except Delia, who knows T.K.'s way too organized to simply disappear. But Delia's still sent to New York to live with her two aunts - a downtown bohemian and an uptown ice queen.

And in case that's not bad enough, she also has to deal with a snooty new school and trying not to fall for the wrong guy. Oh, and finding her mother.

As she delves deeper into the tangle of conspiracies and lies surrounding T.K.'s disappearance, Delia begins to suspect that the wrong guy may be the right guy...and that some secrets - especially the dangerous ones - were never meant to be unraveled.
 
Review: 
Natalie won And Then Everything Unraveled and the sequel, And Then I Found Out the Truth, from Jami at YA Addict and she let me read these books first!  Isn't she the best?  I don't know if I could ever do that, but Natalie does that kind of thing all the time.  

Anyway, on to my review.  And Then Everything Unraveled is fun, contemporary YA.  I really enjoyed it!  Delia is a high school student living in Silicon Valley and her mother goes missing while on a science expedition. 

Everyone believes that T.K. is dead, but Delia holds on to hope that she is alive.  Delia is sent to New York to live with her aunt, who she's never met, starts a new school, meets a cute, mysterious guy, and tries to solve the mystery of her mother's disappearance on her own.

I liked Delia a lot.  She was plucky, had good self-esteem, and very relatable.  She doesn't give up on her mother, despite everyone trying to keep her from investigating her mother's disappearance.  The love story was sweet, the mystery kept me guessing, and the cast of supporting characters was well-developed.  I'm looking forward to reading the sequel!

Just One Gripe: 
This was a very fast read---I think it took me less than two hours.  Sometimes books that read that fast leave me feeling somewhat unsatisfied, but that wasn't the case here.  I guess that's not really a gripe, huh?

The Best Thing About This Book: 
Delia's voice.

Appropriate for a younger audience: 
Yes

Score: 
Characters:  4/5
Plot: 3/5
Setting/Imagery: 3/5
Originality: 4/5
Ending: 4/5
Total Score:  18/25




8 comments:

  1. Wow...2 hours? That is a fast read! This definitely sounds interesting though! Great review :)

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  2. Great review! This one sounds like a great quick read and one I'd probably enjoy!

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  3. I keep seeing this book around and never picked it up. Thanks for bringing it to my attention again, I'm definitely going to read it now, I love characters with a strong voice.

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  4. Fab review. And I just love the word plucky.

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  5. Hey long time no speak xD
    How's everything going?

    Anyway, review made me think about this book. It's seriously pulling me in and now I want to know what happened to her mother. Lol, I must find out!!!!

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