Paper Towns meets Thirteen Reasons Why —at prom. A riveting story told through four best friends’ point of view.
Last month, Elin tried to kill herself.
She knows she’s lucky that her parents found her in time. Lucky to be going to prom with her three best friends, like any other teen. Like it never happened. And if she has anything to say about it, no one but her best friends will ever know it did.
Jenna, Rosie, and Ket will do anything to keep Elin’s secret—and to make sure it never happens again. That’s why they’re determined to make prom night feel just like it would have if this past spring hadn’t been as eventful. This could be the night that convinces Elin that life can go back to what it was.
Except, at prom, Elin goes missing.
Now it’s up to her friends to find her. But each of the girls has her own demons to face. Ket is being blackmailed by an ex. Rosie is falling in love for the first time. And Jenna . . .
Jenna is falling apart.
And no one, not even her best friends, knows why.
Heart-wrenching and utterly impossible to put down, When the Truth Unravels follows four friends as they confront their greatest hopes and darkest secrets during one life-changing night.
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
RuthAnne Snow was born and raised in Kaysville, Utah. She was a sorority girl in college and social activities director in law school—which was a lot like being back in the sorority. She loves traveling, watching horror movies, and baking. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, her son, and her dogs. When the Truth Unravels is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I stayed up all night reading WHEN THE TRUTH UNRAVELS. The rapport and banter between Jenna, Ket, Rosie, and Elin drew me in immediately, and their prom night hijinks were riveting (and oddly… comforting in the BEST nostalgic way), but what struck me most deeply was the Jenna & Elin relationship (the ending!). I know this will make young people in similar situations feel seen and less alone, which is, to me, one of the most important qualities of a very special book. Snow really nailed it.
This book sucked me from page one and captivated me throughout the entire read. The four girls this story revolves around are each deep, complicated, and so realistic for YA. (There were times when I wanted to hug each of these girls). Snow nailed their voices and their friendships with each other. I loved the multiple POVs that were each distinct. I loved the two timelines, one of which revealed the events that led up to Elin's suicide attempt. And I loved how Snow so authentically portrayed depression. This book had me laughing at parts and crying at others. Now that it's over, I can't stop thinking about it—such a beautiful, fulfilling read.
I am so grateful to have gotten to read an early copy of WHEN THE TRUTH UNRAVELS. Told through the revolving POVs of four best friends on the night of their senior prom, WTTU tackles challenging issues while being funny, engaging, and compulsively readable. I love these friends, their complexities and quirks, their loyalty and tensions. Snow manages to capture the multi-layered reality of friendships, the good and the bad, all wrapped up in a fast-paced and entertaining package. I loved it!
Relevant, poignant, and beautifully written, WHEN THE TRUTH UNRAVELS did something that very few books are able to do—it made me cry AND laugh. Ket’s chapters were voice-y and authentic, I cheered for Rosie, I felt for Jenna, and Elin’s sections were heartbreakingly real. The mystery aspect of the storyline kept me turning pages and I was breathless to figure out where Elin was and what had happened that night. With a satisfying conclusion, this is one I’ll remember for a long time.
Handling multiple points of view in one novel is difficult to pull off, but RuthAnne Snow manages it with grace as she unravels the mystery at the heart of an intense friendship between four high school girls--Elin, Jenna, Rosie, and Ket. Told in alternating points of view from each of the four main characters, at its core this friendship story is about communication and the lack of it--what we tell (to whom) and what we hide (from whom), and how keeping important secrets damages intimacy. Snow's virtuoso technique makes all four narrators somewhat unreliable--they don't know what they don't know about a prior suicide attempt and the sudden disappearance of Elin on prom night. The gaps in their narratives ratchet up the tension in ongoing dramas that include sexual blackmailing, a budding romance, a mishandled breakup, a misplaced cell phone, and a big romantic misunderstanding. It's painful to see the girls' tight friendships unravelling even as they genuinely try to do the right thing for Elin, often working at cross purposes. And the big reveal about why Elin tried to commit suicide is completely unexpected because of how damn real it feels. This lovely novel about four strong-willed girls has a lot to tell us about the ways friendships can be tested, and ultimately reinvented and nourished, around issues of mental illness. Note: I read an Advance Readers Copy provided by the publisher.