Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

74%

51 Critic Reviews

ll that said, I did enjoy Unraveling and devoured it.
-Dear Author

Synopsis

Reminiscent of Before I Fall, Elizabeth Norris's Unraveling blends realistic coming-of-age issues and heart-stopping romance with something just a little bit more. In this case, a gripping science fiction world.
Unraveling's heroine, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner, is used to having a lot of responsibility. She balances working as a lifeguard in San Diego with an intense academic schedule. Janelle's mother is bipolar, and her dad is a workaholic FBI agent, which means Janelle also has to look out for her younger brother.

And that was before she died...and is brought back to life by Ben Michaels, a mysterious, alluring loner from her high school. The more Janelle tries to figure him out, the more she starts to believe he's connected to a case her father is working on. The one where people are dying of radiation poisoning and the body count is rising. The one that involves a strange clock that seems to be counting down to the earth's destruction. If Janelle wants to stop the clock and save the world, she has twenty-four days to uncover Ben's secrets--and keep from falling in love with him.

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.
 

About Elizabeth Norris

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Elizabeth Norris briefly taught high school English and history before trading the San Diego beaches and sunshine for Manhattan's chilly winters. She harbors dangerous addictions to guacamole, red velvet cupcakes, sushi, and Argo Tea, fortunately not all together. Unraveling is her first novel.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Balzer + Bray. 480 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 51 | Positive: 44 | Negative: 7

Dear Author

Excellent
Reviewed by Jia on May 03 2012

ll that said, I did enjoy Unraveling and devoured it.

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Seventeen

Excellent
Reviewed by Kara McGrath on Apr 20 2012

If you love stories that keep surprising you, you'll absolutely adore this book.

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Verve Girl

Excellent
Reviewed by Giselle SanMiguel

The concept is definitely original and I love how everything unraveled.

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Dark Faerie Tales

Good
Reviewed by Emmy on Apr 28 2012

This book starts out slow, but before long it’s building suspense, tension, and raising the stakes until you can’t turn the pages quickly enough. With just enough romance to keep it sweet, this is a fantastic book for everyone.

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365 Days of Reading

Good
Reviewed by Lauren on Apr 25 2012

Unraveling completely blew me away!

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Good Choice Reading

Good
Reviewed by Amanda on Apr 24 2012

One thing in particular that I loved about Unraveling was the fact that it feels like a contemporary novel. It definitely has sci-fi aspects and they are key to the story, but it isn’t overly technical.

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Hippies, Beauty, and Books Oh My!

Good

It’s one of the best books I’ve read so far this year and I highly encourage everyone to pick up a copy when it goes on sale.

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Parental Book Reviews

Good

I loved that not all the "good guys" were nice, and not all the "bad guys" were mean.

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Diary of a Bookworm

Good
Reviewed by Rhiannon on Jul 18 2012

So much more than your average YA supernatural romance. Put it on your summer reading list without delay, I promise you won't regret it!

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Bewitched Bookworms

Good
Reviewed by Danny on May 03 2012

Elizabeth Norris created with Unraveling a thrilling tale that is full of intrigue, suspense, drama, heartbreak and sweet love, perfected with beautiful and wonderful characters that will need a place in your heart!

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The Bawdy Book Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by Jennifer on May 14 2012

When I say it blew my mind, I’m not kidding...All I can say to you is, if you don’t read UNRAVELING, you will have missed one helluva story.  It literally UNRAVELED my brain.

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Anna Reads

Below average
Reviewed by Anna on Jun 22 2012

But, as much as I loved reading a thrilling sci-fi read, I thought Unraveling was simply too far-fetched.

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I Swim for Oceans

Good
Reviewed by Melissa on Apr 30 2012

I’m so glad that Unraveling embodied its name as it slowly, deliberately hooked me as the plot unraveled.

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Book Yurt

Below average
Apr 18 2012

Norris entertained me, no question, and she gets serious points for loving all the same TV shows I love, but this felt too much like a knock-off. Next time, I want more from Norris – I want to see what she can do on her own.

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Nina Reads

Good
Reviewed by Nina on May 25 2012

The mystery, the secrets, the accident, the murder, everything comes together in a way I had never imagined in my wildest dreams, and it worked.

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Dark Readers

Below average
Reviewed by Andrea on May 15 2012

I didn't think flowed well at all. Not sure what I expected... but it wasn't what we were given.

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Justin's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Justin on Apr 02 2012

t's really amazing, and I feel like it's one that many people can enjoy.

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Bart's Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Darren on Jun 28 2012

If the plot’s twists don’t leave you gasping for breath. The story’s climax certainly will. Elizabeth Norris, certainly pulls no punches, and takes no concessions in ending the story the way she wants to. I know I felt like I’d taken a punch to the gut at one point…

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Parajunkee

Below average
Reviewed by Parajunkee on Jun 06 2012

The science was rudimentary, with no explaining, just conclusions that the characters just “thought up.”

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IB Book Blogging

Good
Reviewed by Bailey on May 28 2012

The whole novel is such a whirlwind ride. There was never a dull moment or a time when I wasn’t asking myself “What next?”.

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Death Books and Tea

Below average
Reviewed by Nina on Jul 02 2012

The explanation seemed to come out of nowhere, and I didn’t like the usage of parallel worlds in Unravelling.

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Rebecca

Good
Reviewed by Bex on May 10 2012

Unraveling is a book you want on your shelf, whether you’re a science-fiction fan or not! I admit I’m not usually a big sci-fi reader, but I’ve realized when it comes in a smaller dose like this, I absolutely love it.

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Icey Books

Below average
Reviewed by Hafsah on Apr 28 2012

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.

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Two Chicks on Books

Good
Reviewed by Jaime and Patricia on Apr 25 2012

Above all what I loved most about Unraveling was the unpredictability of it.

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Geek Girl's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by GeekGirl on Apr 24 2012

I LOOOOVED this book.  I loved how mysterious it was.  I loved how you only got little bits of the puzzle.  No info-dump here, just learning what was going on as Janelle did.

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Ink Scratchers

Good
Reviewed by Jade on Jun 11 2012

Seriously, take my advice and read it, I doubt you will regret it.

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Muggle Madness

Good
Jun 10 2012

I send all high praises possible to the author, Elizabeth Norris, I LOVE LOVE LOVED Unraveling!

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The Irish Banana

Above average
Reviewed by Hannah on May 10 2012

I adored this book, and I’m sure you will, too. My only complaint is that there isn’t more of it, or that there won’t be more books because I was still left with a few questions...

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Between the Pages

Good
Reviewed by Daisy on Apr 27 2012

LOVED the science fiction part of all this and without wanting to give anything away: the explanation for everything was crazy good!

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Tripping Over Books

Good
Reviewed by Amy on Apr 20 2012

Her debut was gripping, clever, fast-paced, heart-breaking, and kind of mind-blowing. BOOM.

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My Guilty Obsession

Good
Reviewed by Kindlemom on Apr 18 2012

It was a great story. I wish the ending would have been a little more...heartwarming? maybe but it will be fun to see what the author can do with a sequel and I do want a sequel.

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Bookishly Yours

Good
Reviewed by Katie on Jul 13 2012

Regardless of my reservations on the plot in the beginning and not being a huge alien/sci-fi girl, I found myself getting TOTALLY into the sci-fi.

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Katie's Amazing Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Katie on Jul 10 2012

Unraveling is also addicting and fast-paced. I blew through this book in record time. I don't think I was physically able to turn the pages fast enough.

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Yearning to Read

Good
Reviewed by Sierra Abrams on Jul 02 2012

In any case. Brilliant, I tell you. It was brilliant.

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Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me

Good
Reviewed by Lisa on Jun 29 2012

Overall, Unravelling is an impressive book that will be loved by many.

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Painting with Words

Good
Reviewed by Iffath on Jun 25 2012

The story is unpredictable, intense and well-written, an outstanding debut novel from Norris.

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Always Lost in Stories

Good
Reviewed by Sally on Jun 11 2012

WOW! Loved this- exciting, powerful and cleverly brilliant.

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Book Passion for Life

Good
Reviewed by Donna on Jun 08 2012

It's not a book you want to miss out on in 2012, so go and pick up a copy today - you won't regret it!

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A Pocket Full of Books

Good
Reviewed by Nicola on May 29 2012

The plot itself moves at a perfect speed and had many twists that I really did not see coming which was awesome.

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Carina Books

Good
Reviewed by Carina Olsen on May 27 2012

This book has so many things. Romance, action, mystery, sadness. Amazing characters and writing. So many things happen. But it is so good. A must read.

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Mostely YA Books Obsessed

Good
Reviewed by Nereyda on May 26 2012

Unraveling is an intense and emotional, non-stop action story that will surprise you and break your heart at the same time.

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Step Into Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Jessica on May 23 2012

Hands down, read this. It's got a very sci-fi feel to it though you can also call it an alien book but I really wouldn't...if you read the book, you'll understand what I mean by that. Read this, I doubt you'll be disappointed.

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Books of Amber

Good
Reviewed by Amber on May 19 2012

I adored it, and I think there is going to be a sequel. The set up for a second book was fantastic!

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Obsession with Books

Good
Reviewed by Sharon on May 16 2012

Unraveling is a fast-paced, action packed read that had me captivated throughout.

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Book-Marks The Spot

Good
Reviewed by Tiffany on May 16 2012

really liked Janelle, she didn't take crap from anyone and did her own thing.

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Shiirleyy's Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Shirley on May 12 2012

Bascially, tip of the day; GO BUY/BORROW/STEAL A COPY IMMEDIATELY! Unravelling is officially another 2012 must-read!

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The Readers Den

Good
Reviewed by Jasprit on May 03 2012

Overall Unraveling was an action-packed read, which keeps you utterly captivated. I just wish we didn’t have to wait so long for book two!

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Young Adult Anonymous

Below average
on Apr 26 2012

I felt about Unraveling the way I felt about Divergent -- not particularly original but enjoyable enough.

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Dazzling Reads

Good
Reviewed by Natalia Belikov on Apr 20 2012

Norris debut novel is not only different and refreshing, but it contains a big dose of action, mystery and romance!

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Curling Up by the Fire

Good
Reviewed by Stephanie on Apr 19 2012

Unraveling was a fun-filled novel that is full of twists and turns, and while somewhat formulaic and predictable at times, still manages to deliver a punch.

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Recovering Potter Addict

Good
Reviewed by Aylee on Apr 19 2012

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris is an intense mystery thriller with a fascinating sci fi twist and a countdown to the End of the World.

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