All Unquiet Things

All Unquiet Things

by Anna Jarzab

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All Unquiet Things 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
BookluverCarol More than 1 year ago
Lately it's rare to find such a remarkably well-written YA novel. With all the so-so written YA novels in shelves, ALL UNQUIET THINGS is sure to stand out. The voices of the two main characters-Neily and Aubrey-are so strong and so realistically portrayed that I found myself reading their story well into the night. While their voices are a bit familiar that you need to check whose part it is, their narration really sucks you in. Their grief, frustrations, anger, and their other feelings just leapt off the page and felt so true. I do read quite a few of mystery books that I can easily tell who the culprit is a few chapters into the story, but Jarzab kept me guessing and doubting myself. I just couldn't believe the twist at the end! It was superbly well done. The book does start a bit slow, but the story picks up a few chapters in. All the characters -even the secondary ones-were written in a way that it felt as if they could be someone you knew. Jarzab is so great at writing characters and plotting out a novel that I didn't believe that this was her debut novel. Her sophisticated prose, the character's observations, and the way the author reveals each secret makes the book very unforgettable. Overall, ALL UNQUIET THINGS is a book that I strongly recommend and that should be on everyone's list and one that I can't stop gushing about. Jarzab has made be a fan for life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It has Strong characters and a good plot. I highly reccomend this book to anyone who likes mystery and suspence.
lisalovestoRead More than 1 year ago
Anna Jarzab's writing style is excellent; there was never a dull moment in the book. Jarzab's characters were realistic, and relatable. I thought that she did a good job of describing the current things high schoolers face everyday. I would recommend this book to anyone in high school, male or female.
GracieGT2 More than 1 year ago
Carly Ribelli was the first girl Neily Monroe ever loved - and the first girl that ever broke his heart. But that doesn't matter anymore. Carly is dead, murdered, and the killer has been put in jail. Neily's only focus right now is pulling his life back together. That is, until Audrey Ribelli shows up, asking for Neily's help. She believes that the convicted killer - her father - is innocent, and the real murderer is still out there. Neily hesitantly agrees, and together, the two reluctant allies try to hunt down Carly's killer. It may seem easy to simply put this book in the "mystery/suspense" category. However, it is so much more: a tense drama about the unraveling lives of those affected by death, a tragic romance that demonstrates our longing to be loved, a reflection on the human desire to find our place and be a part of something. The characters are some of the most complex and realistic I've ever read; the dialogue is sharp and witty, and the setting is vividly drawn. the heart of the book is the characters: Neily, who tries to hide behind a dry, sarcastic facade to mask his grief and loss of purpose; Audrey, who is headstrong and determined but distracted by the allure of the "normal" teenage life she will never have; and Carly, who struggles with her own losses and runs from her problems by reinventing herself as a girl without any. All Unquiet Things is a stunning debut that will keep you on the edge of your seat, unable to put the book down, until the curtain is finally drawn and the answers finally explained. This is a book that will get you thinking and keep you on your toes; expect long nights of rapidly flipping pages in order to discover the true identity of the murderer. Even then, the book's emotional and hopeful final pages are more compelling than the heartstopping climax. An amazing book; I look forward to whatever Ms. Jarzab writes next!
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book had me worried at first. The narration alternates between Neily and Audrey with the first section being from Neily's point of view. I found Neily to be a really irritating character and I sometimes find it hard to get into a book with a main character I dislike. Thankfully once we see more of Audrey I got drawn into the story. The other slight concern was a great deal of the book is made up of flashbacks so you really have to pay attention to when events really took place. Still this book handled it nicely and it gradually reveals more and more about each character. Carly's character really grabbed me as we see how she progressed from basically a braniac, good girl to ending up with the fast, drug dealing crowd. Audrey was probably my favorite character in the story. She was not what I was expecting and she was probably the most likeable in my opinion.The mystery of who killed Carly was nicely paced and it's not until probably a little more than half way through the book do you get an inkling of who the murderer is. For the most part this story moves along nicely and was enjoyable. The main reason it did not get a higher rating from me is the fact that it took awhile to get into and while the story is enjoyable it is probably not a book I would read again and again.
twonickels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Much more intense than I expected it to be! This looked like it was going to be a generic spoiled-rich-kid mystery, and I¿m glad I gave it a chance instead of writing it off.
resugo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Carly was murdered at the beginning of her junior year of high school. Her ex-boyfriend, Neily, is the one who found her body, shot three times in the chest. Carly's uncle was convicted of the murder, but Carly's cousin Audrey doesn't believe her father to be the murderer. At the beginning of their senior year, Neily and Audrey unite to find the real murderer.Told in five chunks, Neily and Audrey take turns telling their side of the unfolding mystery. Their stories flip back and forth between their senior year and past experiences with Carly. I found the whole story very realistic. The information they find and how they find it that leads to the murderer worked for me. What I mean is that it wasn't out of the realm of possibility.Jarzab's style of writing is addicting. It flowed. There was never a boring or slow part in the plot. I stayed up until 2:30am to find out the end of the story and then all the next day I just kept thinking about the story and the characters. It actually reminded me of the first season of Veronica Mars. Which was cool.Having said all that I do have an issue with the morality of the characters. Neily, Audrey, and Carly all had sex mulitiple times, Carly with multiple people, when they were only fifteen. Really?
ShRa9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Carly has been murderd about a year ago and the murder still haunts her exboyfriend.He wants to find out who killed her once and for all.So does her cousin so they team up and try to find out who killed her and you sure will be surprised who did.
ericajsc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is told in alternating narrative, shifting between Neily and Audrey. In some ways I wish that the entire book had been told from only one point of view, which I¿ll explain a bit later, but the dual perspectives do add a richness to the story that wouldn¿t have been achieved otherwise. Through frequent flashbacks, as well as a few snippets from her journal, we see Carly go from a smart, independent-studying eighth-grader to an almost-junior on a downward spiral. At times she is cheerful and loving, and at others she is vicious and cruel. Nobody experienced the changes in her personality more than Neily, who loved her almost from the moment he met her, and continued to love her despite the fact that he hated her, too. While I liked the fact Carly wasn¿t just remembered fondly after her death, I felt that the explanation given for her change in behavior was too simplistic. It seems too easy to attribute her changing personality to just one thing. In my experience, there¿s never just one reason a person makes such a major change like that. There were instances when Carly came across as too conscious of her motivations during that time period, and it bothered me that she continued to act the way she did in spite of that. But the fact is that sometimes people can¿t stop themselves even when they know they should, and in that respect Carly feels genuine. Mysteries are often difficult for me to read because I go in suspecting everyone, so I think I pick up things that a lot of people miss. In that vein, I¿m not sure the structure of this book worked for me. Because of the dual perspectives, I figured out who the killer was earlier than I wanted to. Once I reached that conclusion, all attempts to look in another direction were lost on me. While I know that a lot of mysteries are written in such a way that the reader figures out the mystery before the narrator, I didn¿t get the feeling that that¿s what was happening in this book. It was because of the fact that two people were narrating the book that I figured this plot point out so soon. However, I don¿t think the story would have worked without both perspectives because of how the killer comes into the story. Other than the problem posed by the alternating perspective, I found that the writing was excellent. Neily¿s emotions were excellently displayed in various moments of his relationship with Carly. Sometimes flashbacks like these can trip up the pacing of the current-day portion of a book, but I didn¿t find that to be the case in this book. Neily and Audrey¿s investigation moves at a decent pace. While both of them are well-written characters, I think that Neily had more depth than Audrey.Overall I enjoyed this book, but I was hoping to find a little more mystery to it than it gave me.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Neily was Carly¿s ex-boyfriend. Audrey was Carly¿s cousin and ex-best friend. Right before Carly was found murdered, she called Neily¿s cell phone, and, when he didn¿t pick up, left a cryptic message. Audrey¿s father was found guilty of the murder, but now, a year after Carly¿s death, Audrey is fairly certain that her father didn¿t do it, and that the real killer is still out there. Audrey and Neily team up to discover Carly¿s tangled secrets and implicate the real murderer.I have to admit, I did not take to this book. Excellent writing clashes with unsympathetic characters and a snail-like plot to make ALL UNQUIET THINGS a difficult read for me.There is no question that Jarzab¿s writing is great. Like Curtis Sittenfeld, Jarzab meticulously analyzes nearly every facet of Neily, Audrey, and Carly, making them feel as if they could be your flawed classmates. However, also like Sittenfeld¿s characters in Prep, Neily, Audrey, and Carly simply aren¿t very likable, sympathetic, or appealing. We know their history and their thought processes as if they were our therapy patients¿an overly intimate and annoying form of relationship that I, as a reader, found disturbing and unenjoyable.I don¿t really mind psychoanalysis¿at least not when the person has some ultimately redeemable qualities. However, the three main characters in ALL UNQUIET THINGS are just so unlikable. Neily spends most of his time sulking and remembering the past, his relationship with Carly, while Audrey bullies Neily into helping her uncover the mystery behind the identity of Carly¿s murderer.I also found an unsettling disjuncture between how Audrey and Neily are in the present time, and who they were in their flashbacks. I think this is a result of all the telling-not-showing that went on in the narration. I don¿t want Neily to tell us that he hates Carly¿s new friends, then be shown a passing moment in which they snap off, like, two biting remarks to one another; I¿d rather see the tension between the characters, the strain of the past versus the present, of what they think of one another versus who they truly are. As a result, I couldn¿t connect to the main characters as real people, so much like untouchable character sketches they were.I mentioned earlier that Anna Jarzab is a great writer, and I¿m not contradicting myself by saying so: if you enjoy ultra-complete character analyses, you¿ll find this a great book, a wonderful achievement by a debut author. However, I felt that her writing skills were unfortunately used in the wrong way¿too much in the telling and flashbacks, and not enough in the playing out of a genuinely interesting story arc¿which led to my lack of connection with the book.
thebookcrazy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
ALL UNQUIET THINGS was a very enjoyable read. The story is about the aftermath of the murder of a girl named Carly, told in the alternating viewpoints of her ex-boyfriend, Neily, and cousin, Audrey. It's a story about the dark side of life in a place where kids are filthy rich and have easy access to drugs, booze, and unlimited freedom. At the beginning of the story, Carly's supposed murderer has been caught and put in jail, but Audrey and Neily have suspicions that the wrong person was put behind bars, and that the true murderer is still free. They struggle to put together clues and suspects to get down to the truth... One of the main reasons I loved the book was because Jarzab had me guessing who the murderer was, up to the end. I seriously had no idea it was who it was. Took me completely off guard, but then when I go back and think about it, it made complete sense and had me going "ohhh" in admiration. Both Neily and Audrey are authentic narrators, and it's intriguing to see sections of the story in alternating viewpoints. Carly, although dead, also felt real, and at the end of the story, I was left feeling sad that she was dead. I loved the "feel" of the town that the story was set in, Empire Valley. I don't know if it is a real town or not, but it sure felt authentic. And it was very interesting reading about the lives of these unbelievably wealthy kids who, as I quote from the book, "had more pocket money than most Americans make in several months". Jarzab slowly reveals parts of the plot, taking us back and forth between present day (when they're trying to solve the mystery) and the past (in the time leading up to Carly's murder) bit by bit, until all the parts of the puzzle fall into place and form the smoothly built story. There's such a great cast of characters that had me constantly guessing at who the murderer was, and yet I still didn't manage to figure it out until it was revealed! Overall, it was a wonderful read with a great mystery. Also recommended for those who liked Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers.
shazam79 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Slow start, but once the storyline picked up a bit, I found it really enjoyable.
annamariie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Between all of the books that I read last year, and the ones I¿ve read so far this year All Unquiet Things was like a breath of fresh air right off the coast. This book really epitomizes everything that I enjoy in my favourite types of books, fun, fast-paced (at times), full of mystery with characters that you actually like. The only thing that threw me off of it was the beginning, the first part which was mainly about Neily and his past with Carly was a little slow, I kept reading because I knew that dude, there¿s a dead person in here somewhere, but it definitely took a bit of effort. I however, never wanted to put the book down either, it wasn¿t boring, it wasn¿t repetitive (although Neily was a little emo for my liking, but then again I probably would be if my boyfriend/girlfriend had been killed too) it was just a little slow.The plot for the most part was solid, it led you around in circles but in a good way. I swear I thought I knew who the `bad guy¿ was about a hundred times before it finally clicked in my head, and the pieces fit together. You don¿t really expect who the real `bad guy¿ is until about half way through the book when you get to know Audrey a little more and the people that her and Carly hung around with, and even then there are about a thousand sketchy people that could fit the role. The ending was refreshing, it wasn¿t a pre-packaged `everything is okay and the world is perfect¿ ending. It was a little brutal, but then really sweet but not in the way I think some people might expect.The characters are also very believable and very far from being perfect in the sense that they all have flaws, and sometimes unwavering and unforgivable ones. You get to know them all fairly well, but the odd thing I think a little was Carly, because yes she is the main focus of the book, but she¿s dead, and we still by far get to know the most about her. I feel like I know Carly¿s character and her personality like the back of my hand, and whereas we get to know Neily and Audrey as well I don¿t think we do nearly as much. Which is odd considering they¿re the ones the story is being told through.Over all the story was great, a strong plot with strong believable characters, although with a slightly slow and dragged out beginning. If you get bored, or you get deterred within the first section for `Neily¿ ¿ press on, it¿s worth it! (Not to mention, Murder Mystery in YA?! MORE PLEASE!)
YABliss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't know how long its been since I've read a good mystery, and I think I had never read a YA murder-mystery before. I absolutely adored this book. The ironic part is I was so sure I had everything figured out. I would totally starve as a detective. The ending shocked me and left me in awe. I was so unprepared of what happened. I believed throughout the whole story and convinced myself that I knew what was going on because there was no way to surprise me with such an obvious plot. Silly me. Should have known better. This book deserves far more praise than what it has gotten.The writing was incredible. The alternating points of view felt smooth and believable, I love the way she did it. And the characters felt incredibly realistic. The plot was slow-moving, which is also ironic because in one of my last reviews I stated that a slow plot is not always a bad thing. Here is the proof. The pace worked perfectly in this one. I was sometimes desperate, almost willing to step ahead to find out the truth, but that always happens in a mystery.Overall, it was definitely refreshing to read something different yet still made of awesome. If you enjoy crime stories and contemporary realistic fiction this is the one for you.
readingthruthenight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Short of ItSecrets lead to death; mystery unsolved.The Long of ItNeily first met Carly in middle school. It was his first day interviewing for a very elite and academically challenging program. Carly made him feel at home and they were immediately inseparable. Until Carly decided that she needed a change, years later, and dumped Neily to hang out with her cousin Audrey and the ¿in¿ crowd. Then, one night Carly calls Neily repetitively. He refuses to answer the phone, still pretty pissed about the breakup. Those are phone calls that Neily will beat himself up over for not answering. Carly ends up dead. Murdered. The police convict Audrey¿s father for the murder, but Aurdrey doesn¿t believe it. A year later, she enlists Neily to delve deep into the lies and scandals of the in-crowd to prove her father¿s innocence and find closure. The Thoughts about ItAll Things Unquiet is told in alternating voices of Neily and Audrey. I found this a bit distracting because the chapters are miniature-sized, but rather we¿re inside Neily¿s mind, for say, a hundred or so pages and then all of a sudden we step into Audrey¿s for twenty or thirty and then back to Neily. (1) By the time I got to Audrey it felt forced and unnatural. Besides that one gripe, though, the mystery was GREAT. It really had me guessing up until the last page. And then, when it was finally revealed, I was like ¿OMG, OF COURSE!¿. Seriously. I don¿t read enough mysteries to suggest that this is the end-all-be-all, but it was misleading, so that¿s gotta mean something right?(1) This is a loose estimation. I could easily pull the book off of the bookshelf for an accurate and precise number, but I¿m just that lazy and refuse. *grin*
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Perfect storyline, characters, flashbacks and timing.
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This book is so good!
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Good book,loved the mystery kept me glued to it
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Amazing. Worth the time! :)