The Unquiet

The Unquiet

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by Jeannine Garsee
     
 

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The chilling story of a bipolar teen who sees ghosts-both real and imaginedSee more details below

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The chilling story of a bipolar teen who sees ghosts-both real and imagined

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"The Unquiet is a swirling, marvelous journey into madness... or out of it. You decide." —Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy and Cryer’s Cross

"Filled with romance, madness, and dangerous ghosts, The Unquiet is a haunting read you shouldn't miss." —Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely seriesGarsee plays on our worst psychological insecurities in this eerie depiction....The authentic setting and breezy teenage repartee make the pool deaths, the bizarre parent personality changes, and the bully revenge even spookier. The Unquiet is a paranormal page-turner that will leave readers guessing as to what’s real and what’s imaginary, even after they close the book for the final time. —Booklist

VOYA - Blake Norby
Recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Rinn Jacobs has extreme feelings of guilt over her past transgressions when she hurt others and herself, and she and her mother are looking to start over when they move back to her mother's hometown in Ohio. The fresh start is going well when Rinn meets her cute, farm-boy neighbor, Nate, and quickly falls in with the popular crowd at school. But the good feelings Rinn has about her new home are short lived, as she soon finds out that her school is haunted by a young girl who died in the now-condemned pool room. Rinn becomes obsessed with learning more about Annaliese and figuring out what she wants, but when her friends start getting hurt, Rinn runs the risk of being Annaliese's next victim. Like many ghost stories, The Unquiet walks a fine line between being truly creepy and a little cheesy. The description of Rinn's bipolar disorder and the frustrations she faces are accurate and believable but lend very little to the story. The concept of whether there really is a ghost or just the fantasies of a crazy teenage girl is attention-grabbing, but the story becomes a little convoluted when a lot of side details are introduced with no direct connection to the ghost story. The story loses its creepy feeling once the ghost story is fully exposed and spelled out for the reader, but it could still be a good pick for teens looking for a little scare factor. Reviewer: Blake Norby
Children's Literature - Heather Kinard
Hoping to leave a past full of secrets behind them, Rinn Jacobs and her mother move from California to her mother's hometown of River Hills, Ohio. At first, things seem to go well for Rinn. Her medications for bipolar disorder are working, and she has managed to catch the eye of the most popular boy in the high school. But River Hills has secrets too, and it does not take long before Rinn is caught in the middle of it all. Rumor has it that the high school is haunted by the ghost of a student who died many years earlier. Rinn does not believe in ghosts, even when strange things begin to happen. But when she starts to hear voices and people begin to die, Rinn becomes a believer. She discovers that when she does not take her medication, she can connect with the ghost. This makes others wonder if Rinn really has a special ability, or if her mental illness has reached a new level. Rinn is determined to prove she is not crazy, but in order to do that she must embark on a dangerous journey; in the process, she may uncover her mother's role in the death that occurred so many years ago. This book will definitely appeal to those who love a creepy thriller. There is some need for caution because the subject of mental illness is sensitive, and changing medications without supervision is dangerous and irresponsible. For this reason, and because of some language, the book is best suited for older teens. Reviewer: Heather Kinard
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—After a series of traumatic events, Rinn Jacobs and her mother move from southern California to her mother's hometown in Ohio. While the Midwest is not immediately a perfect fit for Rinn, she is hoping for a fresh start now that her meds have evened out her bipolar disorder and she is no longer deemed a threat to herself and others. But when townspeople disappear; teens start dying; and otherwise sane people snap, including some of Rinn's new friends and her own mother, Rinn starts to question her hard-won sanity-especially when all of the events point her toward an unlikely source: a vengeful ghost haunting the school and causing chaos. The line between mental illness and demonic possession is the central conflict in the novel, which is both fascinating and a bit irresponsible. Rinn must go off her meds in order to connect with the ghost. At one point, she questions how far a reach the ghost has, which calls into question her own bipolar episodes. Nonetheless, despite some unexplored characters (why is one girl so mean, for example), some unnecessary verbiage (it takes Rinn much too long to figure out what she and her friends have in common), and some details that don't quite go anywhere, fans of Lauren Myracle's horror novels, such as Bliss (2008) or Rhymes with Witches (2005, both Abrams), and the "Final Destination" movie series will enjoy this psychological ghost story.—Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Even small towns have urban legends. Since 16-year-old Rinn's last manic episode resulted in the death of her grandmother, she and her mother have uprooted from California to relocate temporarily in her mother's rural Ohio hometown. With her bipolar disorder under control for the moment, Rinn's new life seems promising--until she discovers that a tunnel built to bypass the gym at her high school is rumored to be haunted by Annaliese, a teen who drowned in the school's swimming pool 20 years ago. After a séance conducted by fellow classmates unleashes the ghost's full powers, strange "accidents" begin occurring around the school. The story builds in intensity as both Rinn and Annaliese show their determination to overtake each other's will. Their power struggles highlight Rinn's constant battle to overcome her disorder and appear normal again. But how can a bipolar teen, already known for hearing strange voices, seeing hallucinations and experiencing psychotic episodes, convince those around her of the ghost's homicidal plans? To stop Annaliese, Rinn may just have to find out what started her haunting in the first place. A steamy romance with the best catch at school adds just the right balance to the novel's chilling effects. A shocking, spine-tingling ending proves that ghost stories never go out of style. (Supernatural thriller. 14 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599907413
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
07/17/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
274,570
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Jeannine Garsee grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, which is the setting for Say the Word and Before, After, and Somebody in Between. As the author of three "practice" novels before she was out of high school, she never wanted to be anything except a writer-but she fell under a strange, insidious spell and found herself in the nursing profession instead. Jeannine now works as a psychiatric nurse in an inner-city hospital and lives with her family in a southwest suburb of Cleveland.


www.jeanninegarsee.com


Jeannine Garsee grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, which is also the setting for Say the Word and Before, After, and Somebody in Between. She began telling stories through pictures as soon as she learned to draw; then, when she grew older, she added captions to the pictures, till the captions grew long enough to knock the pictures off the page. As the author of three "practice" novels before she was out of high school, she never wanted to be anything except a writer-but she fell under a strange, insidious spell and found herself in the nursing profession instead. Jeannine now works as a psychiatric nurse in an inner-city hospital and lives with her family in a southwest suburb of Cleveland.   www.jeanninegarsee.com

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