Friday, August 3, 2012

Review: The Unquiet

The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee 
Bloomsbury USA Childrens -July 17, 2012

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Source: Publisher via Netgalley 
Rating: Creepy, always questioning and hard to put down
I received a copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest review.

Read what this book is about here.

            Rinn and her mom move to River Hills, OH after the tragic accidental death of Rinn’s grandmother. The move is to give Frank time to grieve and forgive, but also to help Rinn stabilize. Rinn starts a new school and then learns the story of a young girl who haunts the school’s tunnel.
            What can I say? I am thoroughly thoroughly impressed with how Garsee dealt with Rinn being bipolar. It was such an accurate depiction that I was able to visualize young girls that I’ve worked with who were bipolar. If you’re looking for your traditional girl haunts place of violent death, you may be a bit disappointed. It’s there but for me it was mostly about a bipolar girl who is learning to deal with and accept her mental illness (which is a huge feat). She also has to face and accept responsibility for her part in her grandmother’s death. She needs forgiveness. I loved the fact that Rinn was able to tell her story in her own way. There were moments when I was convinced that there really was a ghost and I wanted everyone to listen to her and take her serious. Then there were moments when I felt that her medications needed to be checked because she was an episode. Even when strange things happen, I went back and forth. So will you - all the way to the end.
            The end… if you’re looking for complete closure without any loose strings, then this is not for you. If you’re looking for that “Really!” ending, than you’ve got it. I was satisfied with the ending. This was a complete story, but immediately after reading I wanted more creepy reading.  The characters- your typical high school standouts (the popular mean girls, the cute jock, the adorable boy next door, the stoners/deadheads and the unpopular nice girl) were developed enough to feel something about them. I really liked Nate because he truly was a stand up guy. I like the easy bantering between Nate and Rinn. I would so love to read more about Rinn. Maybe not a whole book dedicated to her, but she is a character I wouldn’t mind popping up time and again in other stories, I have mixed feeling about the popular mean girls. Sometimes they were nice and sometimes they weren’t. I liked them sometimes and sometimes I didn’t.
            Overall, The Unquiet, was not the ghost story that I expected. But, I still really enjoyed this book. I liked this so much that I can’t wait to get my hands on a physical copy!

Recommendation:I think this would make a great Halloween read and it's so worth checking out!!
What’s Next?  I didn't see anything mentioning an upcoming book

Always Shine, 
Starr K

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