And Then Everything Unraveled

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Meg Cabot called this rich, witty YA mystery about a girl, her missing mother, and New York City "a delight...pure fun."

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 ...

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Overview


Meg Cabot called this rich, witty YA mystery about a girl, her missing mother, and New York City "a delight...pure fun."

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 - excpet 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Sixteen-year-old Cordelia (Delia) Truesdale is forced into the role of private detective when her genius mother, founder of the Internet company TrueTech, disappears on a research trip somewhere between South America and Antarctica. Delia is sent, against her will, from her home in Silicon Valley to Manhattan to live with her dramatic and charming Aunt Charley (“It would be a while before I realized that just about everything Charley did turned out all right,” Delia says). Meanwhile, her uptight Aunt Patience has been left in control of Delia's schooling and social schedule. Despite having her life turned upside down, Delia remains logical, stubborn and focused on proving that her mother is still alive. Delia contacts both a psychic and a private detective as she attempts to solve the mystery and determine the culprit, who could be anyone: her mother's trusted assistant, Thad; oil company executives; or her crush's father. Mystery novelist Sturman's (The Hunt) YA debut treats readers to intrigue and taut dialogue, and while Delia does get some answers, the “to be continued” ending leaves the door wide open for a sequel. Ages 12–up. (July)
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
When Delia's mother's research ship goes missing, everyone assumes it sank and that all aboard are dead. Everyone but Delia. Her mother's will is found and immediately implemented, which places Delia on an airplane from Palo Alto to New York to live with an eccentric aunt she has never met and have her academic and social choices made by a different aunt, also previously unknown. Thus, she begins the school year in a snooty private high school. She makes a best friend during the first class period and acquires a boyfriend just as quickly (although the relationship does develop over the course of the story). Delia begins a search for her mother using the Internet. She is aided by the best friend and the boyfriend. In the process, she comes in contact with a psychic who warns her of DANGER, and a private eye who flies to Chile since that is the closest country to where the ship was last seen. Lots of questions are raised and no answers are provided. The book literally ends with "To be continued . . ." So after reading 244 pages, the reader is left up in the air and the book ends. An unsatisfactory conclusion. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 8–10—When Delia Truesdale learns that her mom's expedition ship has vanished somewhere between southern Chile and Antarctica, she alone is certain that her mother is still alive and she's determined to find out what happened. Unfortunately, her research will have to be done far from her Palo Alto home: per her mom's will, Delia will move to New York City to live with an aunt she's never met. Starting her junior year in a strange city is hard enough, but Delia is also trying to decipher garbled messages left on her cell phone and the cryptic notes she grabbed from her mom's files before leaving California. Even with the assistance of a psychic, a private investigator, and two new friends, there's not much to go on—except one lead that points to a conspiracy involving at least two companies, her mom's business partner, and her own crush's dad. All of the major characters have strong, distinct voices, and their actions are realistic and consistent. However, while the mystery of T.K. Truesdale's whereabouts is ultimately solved, there is no satisfying explanation for it, leaving the story feeling unfinished.—Brandy Danner, Wilmington Memorial Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Everything unravels for Delia when her mother, T.K., disappears while on an environmental mission. Since everyone assumes T.K. is dead, Delia is shipped from Palo Alto to New York City to live with her aunts, virtual strangers. She adapts to life in New York fairly well, making a good friend and even attracting a hot boy with a dark family secret. On her own, she researches possible reasons for her mother's disappearance, refusing to accept the simple explanations adults give her. What follows is part family drama, part environmental mystery. To find out what happened to her mother, Delia does a little Googling and a lot of relying on a techie friend. Neither the new-girl-in-town nor the disappearance story line is developed very well, though, and the mystery comes to a quick, easy resolution. The secondary teen characters are one-dimensional, and Delia lacks charm. Delia's aunts, however, resemble something out of a Polly Horvath novel, quirky yet good at heart. Ultimately, chick-lit readers will be bored by the mystery, and mystery readers are unlikely to be captured by Delia's story. (Fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545087223
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 387,003
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Jennifer Sturman is the acclaimed author of And Then Everything Unraveled and several mystery novels, including The Pact and The Jinx. After graduating from Harvard College, Jennifer earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. She now lives in New York City, a few blocks from Delia's aunt Charley. Her website is www.jennifersturnman.com.
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  • Posted June 27, 2010

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    A captivating mystery with a bold teenage protagonist, And Then Everything Unraveled is a quick but engaging read. The plot and set up has been well planned out with more clues and hints coming at the right moments but still leaving many things hard to foresee. The writing is great, keeping easily with the teenage narrator but also holding a strength a range of readers will enjoy.

    Delia is a spunky character, well developed with a strong sense of her upbringing that comes across the pages. Her mother, although not physically in the novel, still comes in strongly both in the way Delia thinks and acts as well as being the basis of the entire mystery. From her views on different acts and events to her job and interests, there is a large part of T.K. in Delia. Her father's influence is also prevalent, providing a strong sense of family despite their absence. Her actions and motivation are smoothly handled, creating an understandable mix between teenage girl and child determined to find her mother.

    Charley is a fantastic character, full of life and brings constant humor to the story. Her interactions with Delia are some of the most memorable parts of the book and she is as well developed and rounded as Delia. Her responses and quirks add spark, even bringing out more of Delia's personality as a result. Patience also adds a certain flair though in a different manner and the crazy family who disagrees often scenario plays out fantastically here. Quinn is adorable, a nice mix of apathetic and caring. He has a few different sides and they show up at the right times. Delia's involvement with him covers a few different areas and it adds another nice feature to the book as a whole.

    The plot progresses at a pretty steady pace, mixing in high school, teenage drama and events with the mystery of T.K.'s mother's disappearance. Delia is in over her head to some extent as the truth begins to unfold but her determination to continue is both true to her character and to a teenager. The entire set up plays out perfectly for the targeted age group. The book closes with a cliffhanger, leaving a great set up for the next installment, but still does a great job tying up some of the events introduced with this book.

    And Then Everything Unraveled is a great mystery, filled with intrigue and strong characters but still harboring a good sense of teenage drama and angst. Delia handles many of the situations maturely and even her moments of weakness come at the right moments to be sympathetic. Quirky characters across the board and vivid descriptions tie together to make this book a fantastic, quick read with a great set up for the next book.

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  • Posted July 3, 2009

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    Entertaining and lots of fun!!!

    Cordelia Truesdale or Delia had a nice, carefree life in California with 2 best friends and a school she likes. All this comes to an abrupt end when her mom T.K goes on an environmental trip to Antarctica. Her ship is said to have disappeared and everyone, including her mom's manager Thad, believes she is dead. But Delia is not convinced. After all there no body is found.

    When her mother's will is read, Delia is sent to her aunts Patience and Charity to New York. Although Delia believes her mom is going to return, she has no choice. She decides to investigate into the matter from New York.

    This book was awesome, really. I could not keep it down. It was just so much fun with all the quirky characters. The fun and carefree Charity, the controlling and uptight Patience, her genius geek friend Natalie, the psychic Carolina, and yes the very cute and handsome Quinn. Quinn reminded me a lot of the guy from the movie The Cinderella Story staring Hilary Duff. A caricature, yes, but cute anyway. The sense of humor was amazing and I found myself laughing out loud many times.

    From the blurb I thought this book would be funny, but I was really unprepared for how sad I felt for Delia and what she was going through. Maintaining a level of humor and yet making Delia's pain real was a very good and difficult balance. That was one of the reasons I liked the book more.

    I was kind of surprised when everyone called their parents by their first name. I mean, is that normal? I didn't find any explanation of that in the book, so it left me a little confused. But other than that, And Then Everything Unraveled
    was very good.

    This book obviously has a sequel. But this book has just released, so I wonder how long I will have to wait for that. Anyway, do read it if you like Young adult or just want to tuck into a nice, fun novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2009

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    Reviewed by Angela S. for TeensReadToo.com

    Delia is devastated by the news that her mother, T.K., is dead after going on an expedition to Antarctica. Although everyone around her thinks that this is the case, Delia knows in her heart that her mother is alive and out there somewhere, but no one believes her.

    So, she is sent off to live with her two aunts - who she's never met! - in New York.

    Once in New York, Delia is forced to go to a new school, make new friends, and adjust to the hectic New York life, all while still searching for her mother. She has to keep secrets from her aunts and find out who she can (and can't) trust in the process.

    AND THEN EVERYTHING UNRAVELED is a great mix of mystery, romance, and finding your inner strength in the face of adversity. The characters are intriguing, and the book keeps you on edge right until the very end!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Love it

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    So. FREAKING. Amazing!!

    I loveeeeeee this book. Its sooo good, and i really love charlys sense of style! 244 pages. I highly reccomend this book, especially for only 7.19!! (I actually didnt buy it, i got it from the library) anyway buy this book! And then the sequal!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2011

    Simply Wonderful

    i read this book and loved it there is only one kiss no worries mothers and it was only acting in a drama class (romeo and juliet) i cant wait til the nook gets the second book in the series if they havent already

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

    i loved it

    it didnt take me that long to finish. only like 170 pages, but it was well worth 3 dollars. perfect for young adults and children who are into mysteries. child appropriate, and totally keeps the reader on the edge if your seats!

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

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    Gripping, witty and fun!

    My Rating: 4.5

    And Then Everything Unraveled was a gripping, witty and fun start to a promising series. Jennifer's writing drew me into the story and well-developed characters. Delia, the main character, was a determined, intelligent and lovable girl. I related to her personality off the bat and quickly learned to sympathize with her situation. Delia's mother T.K. unexpectedly goes missing. On top of that, everyone around her assumed she was dead. Her intuition sensed that her mother was alive and she would do everything in her power to find T.K. The journey she faced was exciting yet dangerous. There were a few evildoers in the novel that Delia had to watch out for. There was more to her mother's disappearance then people led on. Once evidence started unraveling I couldn't put the book down. I read it in two sittings because I was so eager to find out what would happen to Delia and her plan.

    As she played Sherlock Holmes, she resided with her aunt Charley in New York City. I absolutely loved Charley. She was quirky, funny and chic. I'd love to have a cool, fashionable aunt like her. I admired how she not only took the role of a parent but, a friend as well. Throughout the novel, there was little romance and a hint of curiosity between Delia and a boy in school, Quinn. He was truly a stand up guy and I really liked the whole cat and mouse relationship. Eventually, he started to play a bigger role in Delia's life and I enjoyed getting to know him better. In general, this book was an awesome YA debut from Jennifer and I recommend it to those who are looking for a fast-paced, thrilling read.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

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    And Then Everything Unraveled Review

    Cordelia Truesdale knows that he mother can't be dead, problem is, everybody else thinks she's dead. So, after being shipped off to New York to live with her zany aunt Charley, and starting a new school, she starts to delve into her mother's disappearance. Then finds out that there is a lot more going on then she could have ever imagined. With a cast of characters like the hot/sweet/distant Quinn Riley, The Wicked Witch of the Upper East Side and the Fly Monkeys (Delia's other aunt Patience, and her two children), Natalie the surprisingly not-shy genius, and of course Aunt Charley with her talkativeness that borders of extreme, and her kind heart, this book can be nothing but great.

    I really appreciated the the author never really over-exaggerated any situations in this book (overdramatization is a book killer in my opinion), and everything, and the characters seemed pretty realistic. And Then Everything Unraveled is a page turner until the very end. With drama, romance, hilarity and mystery this was defiantly a four star book. I can't wait to read the sequel, And Then I Found Out The Truth.

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  • Posted June 5, 2010

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    LOVED This One!

    You know those books that leave you with nothing but love for? That's how And Then Everything Unraveled is for me. I really loved this book! I honestly didn't know what to expect. I didn't hear much about this book before receiving it, so I went in with just the premise. It wasn't long before this book had me hooked.

    It was chocked full of mystery that you uncover along the way with the protagonist, Delia. But I also found loads of quirky humor that kept this story at a perfect balance. Delia is such a great character that anyone could enjoy reading about. When everyone is convinced that her mom, T.K. is dead, Delia knows there is more to the story. She never gives up on what she believes, even when everyone thinks she is wrong. That is such an admirable quality. Seeing her having to adjust from California to New York was fun to read about. New York is always one of my favorite places to read about.

    What I loved about all of Sturman's characters were how uncliche they were, and how each of them brought something fun to the mix. You got the detective with the crazy ties, the friend who is ordered to parties by her parents to work on her social skills, the drone-like cousins, the two aunts who couldn't be any more opposite if they tried, and then there's Quinn. Quinn was was a fantastic character that surprised me in a good way. At first, I thought he would be that cliche popular boy, but there so much more to him. We didn't get to see nearly as much of him as I would want, so hopefully we get lots more of him in the sequel!

    My absolute favorite character in this story - which is also now one of my favorite characters in literature - is Delia's Aunt Charley. How awesome was she! She lives in a converted warehouse that was described as big enough to roller skate in, she LOVES to shop, she does whatever job appeals to her, she is an 80's teen movie fanatic, oh, and she loves ice cream! If you are a teen who has to be shipped off to live with someone until you can find your mom, Charley is the person you want to live with. Or maybe I am just as wacky as Charley. :)

    The plot was fun and moved at a fast, yet steady pace. I was left with so many more questions at the end, and was SO ready to jump into the sequel! And Then Everything Unraveled was a fantastic start in what promises to be a fun and exciting series. Sturman has won me over as a reader for this one. It is a must read for sure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2009

    Pretty Good

    Light, easy mystery book. The only problem i had with this book was the ending. I thought it would've been cooler had the book ended on more of a cliffhanger then it did, but to avoid spoilers I won't say where exactally I wished it had ended. Overall it was a good book, and I would be interested in reading the sequel.

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  • Posted July 10, 2009

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    Curious

    When i read the book, i just got finished with the twilight series and i was still on an edge from all the excitement, although, when i read this book i will be honest, i was bored in the beginning. As i got towards the middle/end, i admit i was completely into it. as the ending goes theres definately a 2nd book, wonder when thats comming out? o_0

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