Friday, July 13, 2012
Review: The Unquiet
By: Jeannine Garsee
Release Date: July 17, 2012
Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother.
After a suicide attempt, and now her parents' separation, Rinn and her mom move from California to the rural Ohio town where her mother grew up. Back on her medications and hoping to stay well, Rinn settles into her new home, undaunted by the fact that the previous owner hanged herself in Rinn's bedroom. At school, her classmates believe the school pool is haunted by Annaliese, a girl who drowned there. But when a reckless séance goes awry, and terrible things start happening to her new friends—yet not to her—Rinn is determined to find out why she can’t be "touched" by Annaliese...or if Annaliese even exists.
With the help of Nate Brenner, the hunky “farmer boy” she’s rapidly falling for, Rinn devises a dangerous plan to uncover the truth. Soon reality and fantasy meld into one, till Rinn finds it nearly impossible to tell the difference. When a malevolent force threatens the lives of everyone she cares about--not to mention her own--she can't help wondering: who should she really be afraid of?
Annaliese? Or herself?
This book was definitely intriguing; the story reads like a ghost story but feels more like a psychological breakdown of a girl who was diagnosed bipolar and believes to have killed her grandmother. She moves to a town where her mother used to live and into a house where the owner committed suicide, a while after her granddaughter was found dead in the school pool.
There are so many pieces that are missing from everyone’s story, there are things yet undiscovered. Weird things happen to people who are touched by Annaliese and Corrine is determined to find out exactly what happened. Moving to a new place Corrine befriends a group of kids who have known each other their whole lives, even their parents went to the same school together.
There’s Nate the cute farmer boy next door who she sort of starts seeing, then there’s Lucy the not so nice girl in school, Meg the cheerleader, Tasha the athlete and then the stoner Dino. Together, minus Nate they all do a séance in the pool room, which let me tell you are never a good idea to begin with. Well things start happening to all of them at different times. The situations get worse and very serious for some of them. But still nothing has happened to Corrine, she thinks it’s because she is on medication and is determined to prove her thinking is correct. But what do you get when you have a bipolar person in this type of situation not taking their medication?
A hot mess. The story starts to blend with hallucinations, realities, back stories, confusion. There’s a point where I feel exactly like Corrine I don’t know what’s real anymore. I love that feeling because all it does is surprise you in the end. What’s real, what’s not? Who’s lying, who’s telling the truth. It’s all a big mess and you’ll have to read the book to figure it out.
This was a quick and interesting read and I would definitely recommend to anyone. I really love the cover also because you can't really tell is it THE Annaliese or is it Corrine. Really love it.
I received this book from NetGalley and Bloomsbury, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!