And Then Everything Unraveled by Jennifer Sturman (July 1st 2009—Point)
Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5
Summary: “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 - except 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.
And in case that's not bad enough, she also has to deal with a snooty new school and trying not to fall for the wrong guy. Oh, and finding her mother.
As she delves deeper into the tangle of conspiracies and lies surrounding T.K.'s disappearance, Delia begins to suspect that the wrong guy may be the right guy...and that some secrets - especially the dangerous ones - were never meant to be unraveled.”
Review: And Then Everything Unraveled gives Nancy Drew a run for her money.
I was wrapped up completely in Delia’s story from page one to the end. I expected her to crack at some points like she really was crazy and her mother’s actually dead. I thought it might have been a “dealing with grief” type of story. I was way off--like in outer space off.
While dealing with the world around her, Delia faces another world: School. In this spectrum of class hierarchy Delia captured the eyes of a boy who’s at the top of the pack. While the two produced squeals of happiness because of the drama class scene of Romeo and Juliet, it was refreshing how everything was not about them. It steered off to family troubles, friend troubles, and mother troubles.
Delia’s aunts are hilarious. It’s having that crazy aunt only times two. Both complete opposites it was odd to see how one gene pool can produce 3 variations.
What amused me the most was the fact that the jumping off point involved a physic and a random private investigator that happened to set off chain reactions. A stroke of good fortune I guess was what it was all about. Without them Delia would have never figured out if a) her mother is still alive, b) how she can prove that her mother is still alive.
I also had trouble with the names the first part of the book. Especially when you throw in nicknames, birth names, middle names, it all becomes a mess.
The ending could have been tided up a bit more. I don’t know if there’s a sequel in the making but an epilogue would have been nice if nothing else. It’s a semi-cliffhanger with some gaps in the middle. If there is a sequel, however, then Jennifer made a great tease towards the end. Definitely interested in a sequel but it might not be a full novel since there’s not much else to cover.
Meh. Not really feeling the vibe of the cover.