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Sixteen-year-old Janelle Tenner is used to having a lot of responsibility. She balances working as a lifeguard in San Diego with an intense academic schedule. Janelle's mother is bipolar, and her dad is a workaholic FBI agent, which means Janelle also has to look out for her younger brother, Jared.

And that was before she died... and is brought back to life by Ben Michaels,...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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Wendy Darling
The end of the world is coming! When a book begins with the heroine getting hit by a truck and killed in the first chapter, you know you’re in for a good time. 17-year-old Janelle Tenner somehow wakes up miraculously unhurt, however, and staring into the eyes of a boy she barely knows. In the 24 days that follow, she has to figure out what Ben has to do with her strange revival, as well as how her FBI agent father’s investigation into a series of unidentified burn victims might tie into her own...more
Tatiana
Mar 26, 2012 Tatiana rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tatiana by: Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Shelves: 2012, ya, sci-fi
As seen on The Readventurer

2.5 stars

When I look back at Unraveling, the first word that comes to mind is "calculated."

I read a fair number of commercial genre fiction and I am quite used to certain themes, plots and character archetypes being recycled over and over and over and over. It does not bother me, in general. But Unraveling was the first book that made me think, while reading it, that it had been written off of a checklist of what is currently "in" and sells well in YA market. I do not...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker
My name is Janelle, I'm the star of this book. I'm super smart. I am way above all these social misfits in this book, in fact, they are so beneath me, I just call them "stoners" or whatever else I see fit. My boyfriend Nick is a loser, I'm just with him because I felt sorry for him and when he smiles, he is soooooo devilishly handsome. I'm going to lie to avoid him, and use my friend Alex to come up with excuses to stay away from Nick.

Oh yes, don't forget Alex. He's my super smart best friend w...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Update 04/17/12: Stop by The Nocturnal Library to read a guest post by Elizabeth Norris and enter for a chance to win a hardcover copy of Unraveling.

I never give five stars easily, but I'd give this book ten if I could.

I always feel this strange sense of accomplishment when I discover a book I can add to my all-time favorites. There aren’t many books that mean so much to me and that I keep going back to over and over again. I take that short list and adding books to it very seriously. Therefore...more
Sam
This is one of those moments where I wish I was a better writer so my review could at least do this book justice. You will have to make do, I’m afraid. Or better still, READ THIS BOOK, and then get back to me so we can gush about it together.

I am a person who is very easily excited by a gripping synopsis or stunning cover. You won’t believe how many YA books I have lusted and pined over simply because they had been well-marketed. I can think of several upcoming releases already that I have conv...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
After enduring several duds on my list, I decided to treat myself to a book I've been dying to read for a while. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I loved this book!

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris is about Janelle, a teenaged girl who seems just like any other ordinary teen, until she dies... and is brought back to life by a boy she's never noticed. She believes she has been given a second chance and is determined to live life to the fullest. But she also has a streak of curiosity and wants...more
Ariana
Elizabeth Norris, I fucking love you!



If I had to describe this book in only one word I would say “incredible”, but if I had more words to play around I would say something along this lines:
“Mind-blowing, heartbreaking with a pinch of humor and an action/suspense overdose... all in the best possible way. Keep both eyes on it when it comes out! And be assured - this is a hell of a great book!“

And if I had even more words to use.. well, you should sit down as I have many things to say about this b...more
Meg ♥
Apr 03, 2012 Meg ♥ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Meg ♥ by: Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Shelves: e-books, z-2012-reads

This book has made a splash amongst YA reviewers lately, so I had to make sure I had this read before its release on the 24th. Also, the synopsis saying "24 meets the X Files" made me very interested.


Janelle is a 17 year old girl who seems to have the perfect life. Nice, fun job as a lifeguard on the beach, super popular hottie boyfriend, cute little brother and more. She also has a dad that works for the FBI. One day when she is going through his files she discovers a file that says something i...more
Stacia (out of inspiration)
Mar 08, 2013 Stacia (out of inspiration) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stacia (out of inspiration) by: Buddy read w/Katy and Anna
Ten days ago, I should have died. But I didn't. I'm alive. I have so much to live for. And this time I'm going to do it right.

Current Status : Happy Camper

4.5 stars. It's a miracle! This book is sci-fi but it's not dystopia. You could knock me over with a feather right now. Unraveling is not even technically post-apocalyptic. Think more along the lines of pre-apocalyptic. Either way, I'm in shock. Good job with bucking the trend, Ms. Norris.

Unfortunately, I can't tell you the best parts of th...more
♥Rachel♥
Unraveling was an action packed story with twists and turns that leave your heart pounding, a swoony and sweet romance, and a smart, likable, resourceful heroine. This fresh and original story was a winning combination for me.

Seventeen year old Janelle’s life has been far from easy. She’s had to grow up quickly with a bipolar mother and a workaholic father. She’s stepped into the role of parent for her brother, Jared and takes care of most of the household chores that a mother would care for, a...more
Elizabeth Norris
Feb 06, 2012 Elizabeth Norris added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-this
So I wrote this, which means I obviously read it (several times). Most of those times I really loved it, except while I was editing (those times my feelings were a little complicated). I'm excited some other people have liked it too. :)
Phoebe
Full review at The Intergalactic Academy

On the surface, Elizabeth Norris’s upcoming debut Unraveling sounds promising: a paranormal procedural featuring the daughter of an FBI agent who investigates a series of mysterious murders where bodies are discovered twisted by radiation. The novel’s opening–which also features our heroine Janelle Tenner’s very own near-death experience–is heavy on The X-files references and promise a similar degree of spooky complexity.

Unfortunately, Unraveling‘s very pr...more
Keertana
I think I need someone to explain to me just what was so great about this book, because I sure as hell didn't get it. Maybe I'm missing some pages from my copy of Unraveling, but unlike most of the book blogging community, I was not drawn into this seemingly original story. If anything, Unraveling felt as if it was being written from a checklist:
- Female protagonist who is in high school and has the fate of the world on her shoulders? Check!
- Male protagonist who saves the female protagonist fro...more
Jasprit
Unraveling was a book which had been receiving tons of great reviews in the last couple of weeks. Two of my friends Maja and Sam had also rated it 5 stars, so when I got the opportunity to read it, I actually squealed! (This was not at a good moment as I was at a rugby match and my team was at a pivotal moment - taking a penalty, and the squealing did result in me receiving several death glares), but I didn’t care, as soon as I got home I knew that I would be starting it straight away and I coul...more
Kay
3.5 to 4 stars for the first half, and 2 to 2.5 for the second.

The premise of this book was what grabbed me. It reads like an X-Files episode with a dash of Veronica Mars, and I do like my plucky heroines spiced with some badass in the face of the unknown. You know, more along the lines of



rather than, like,



By the way, meme notwithstanding, Janelle is an excellent cook, on top of her dividing up her time as a high schooler and a pseudo FBI sleuth.

For the most part, the book did not disappoint. T...more
Maggie
Apr 26, 2012 Maggie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Maggie by: Maja
Shelves: 2012
Some buzzwords that will automatically make me read a book are: Heathers. Veronica Mars. Tim Riggins. Black singlet. You get the picture. Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris had Veronica Mars potential. The main character, Janelle Tenner, is 17 years old, from San Diego, and the daughter of a law enforcement agent (FBI). These are just superficial similarities though. Some other similarities include memories of blacking out at a party and waking up with ripped clothes, a popular and handsome boyfrien...more
Mimi Valentine
Mind-blowing, gut-wrenching, original, exceptional... It's been over a week since I finished this book and I still can't stop thinking about it or find the words to describe it!

Unraveling kicks off with a running start when Janelle dies — hit and killed by a speeding pickup truck — and is brought back to life by the most unlikely boy possible: Ben Michaels. As the smart, strong, and kick-ass daughter of an FBI agent, Janelle begins to unravel the strands of his secret all the while figuring out...more
Sarah (saz101)
4.5 stars

If the words ‘Science Fiction’ make you want to run for the hills, it’s time to reconsider*. Unravelling is certainly sci-fi, but it’s not what you’re expecting: this is no lycra-covered space opera, but thrilling mystery, heart-stopping action and a heroine with enough snark and savvy to give Veronica Mars a run for her money. If you’re running anywhere, let it be to the bookstore. You need this book.

The Story:
With a largely absent—but painfully wonderful—FBI agent father, a bipolar mo...more
Sandra
1.5 STARS

17 year old Janelle Tenner is hit by a truck and killed. But she get's brought back to life by Ben, a guy from her school that she didn't notice until then. Her dad works as an F.B.I. agent, and she snoops around his files searching for clues about her accident.Traitor2


She finds a clock that's ticking down to something, but she doesn't know what it's ticking down to. She realizes that if she's to save the world, she must uncover Ben's secret, and stop from falling for him in the process.


War...more
Crystal Starr Light
Janelle Tenner has your typical teenaged life: FBI father who overworks, alcoholic, manic depressed mother, little brother (a mere 13) that Janelle has to take care of, a nerdy best friend, an evil former friend (of course female) that may or may not have helped get Janelle sexually assaulted. But being hit by a truck, dying, and being revived by stoner, Ben Michaels, changes that. What happened to her? And does it have anything to do with this countdown timer her father discovered?

NOTE: I recei...more
Giselle
To be perfectly honest, by the time I read this book I had completely forgotten what it was about. I thought it was a book about the end of the world - and okay in a way it is, but very different from what I had envisioned. Nevertheless, it's a solid story in a lot of ways, and with 400+ pages it could have become an intensely powerful, in-depth read, but instead it felt overcrowded at times with topics like rape, mental illness, and ex best-friend drama (as well as ex-boyfriend) that felt rathe...more
Zoey
I don't know if I can even begin to explain why I love this book so much. I don't care if sci-fi isn't your favorite genre to read. I don't care what your favorite genre is: this is a book I think most people will like. (Unless you have an issue with swearing. There's quite a bit of that.)

Unraveling reminded me of why I love sci-fi so much. There are so many different ways you can make it unique, and Elizabeth Norris definitely knows her stuff when it comes to that. Unraveling has the perfect am...more
Heidi
4.5 stars fast, thrilling, shocking!

Four and 1/2 Stars! A debut author that will amaze you with her riveting X-Files type book.

Janelle is finishing her last shift life guarding at the beach. The summer is waning, school is starting. She heads to the parking lot to find her car covered in obscene graffiti and four slashed tires. She surveys the mess holding back tears, but rather than let the mean girls get the best of her, she calls for help and decides to jog home. A quick call on her cell to t...more
Danny
Review first posted at Bewitched Bookworms



24:05:59:32
This is one of the first things that you see when you start reading the book - every chapter has instead of a title, this countdown! Yes it's a countdown and i wasimmediatelyback into 24 - this fast paced incredible thrilling series with Kiefer Sutherland. But, the reference is not too far off. Unraveling is fast pasted, thrilling, captivating and incredibleaddicting! Once you started - you won't stop! I loved this countdown, it totally serv...more
Katy
This book had a truly awesome story. Unfortunately, it was a beating to get through and let me really angry pretty much all the way through, and I was more than ready for it to be over. I would rate it lower, but I kind of feel guilty because the book does have a lot of potential.

I really liked the concept, and the story development could have been really beautiful. I would elaborate, but it was almost halfway through this really, really long book that I found out what was really going on. I can...more
Soumi
When seventeen years old Janelle Tenner was hit by a tuck and died, she felt she was dying. Soon she brought back to life completely unharmed and found Ben Michaels, a loner guy from her school she barely knows, leaning over her. She knows Ben had something to do with her revival but she doesn’t know how. Desperate to know truth behind her accident, Janelle sneaks in her FBI father’s study and discover investigation files on unidentified radiation victims, also a timer that is counting down towa...more
Aa'Ishah
One ordinary night, Janelle Tenner gets hit by a truck. And then brought back to life. By Ben Michaels, of all people. Her determination to find out why he did it and to learn about everything involving the incident leads her to becoming involved in a case her FBI dad is working on. People have been found dead with severe radiation burns, only no-one can figure out where these people came from or how they got radiation poisoning. Even worse, a device has been found. It's counting down. And it ca...more
Eunice
3.5 stars

Okay. I'm probably leaning a bit on the minority side. Not that I didn't like the book it was just that, with all those glowing reviews I kind of expected this book to blow my mind. Which I realized was not a very good move. Because it did not. Although there were parts that I did enjoy and had me quite impressed I was a bit sad that I wasn't completely captivated by the story.

With all the FBI investigations, bio-terrorism and pseudoscience talks, dead bodies from radiation and (view s...more
Kristy
So, I really was enjoying this in the beginning. I was afraid toward the middle, when the portal/alien stuff started happening I was going to get bored.... but Mrs. Norris wrote quite the lovely ending. Of course, I have always loved The X-Files.......so, this was a pretty good fit....

You definitely should read this one. (Some of the scientific details might bother some of you who actually know about this sort of a thing, but if you can get beyond that it's a good book)

This is one book you defin...more
Renu
Unravelling has it all - a strong mc, dynamic characters, and an explosive plot!

When the story beings we learn that Janelle is a lifeguard. She has a boyfriend that she's not really that into, takes care of her brother, and is basically going through life "stuffed with straw, hollow, and unfeeling." But then she gets hit by a truck and everything changes. When she wakes up the first thing she sees is Ben, a quiet loner from school. This is where the investigation into Ben, and some mysterious m...more
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Elizabeth Norris briefly taught high school English and history before trading the southern California beaches and sunshine for Manhattan's recent snowpocalyptic winter.

She harbors dangerous addictions to guacamole, red velvet cupcakes, sushi, and Argo Tea, fortunately not all together.

Her first novel, UNRAVELING (Balzer+Bray, April 2012), is the story of one girl’s fight to save her family, her w...more
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“So your perfect proposal, what would it be?" Ben asks. "Seriously?"... "I don't know. It would just be the two of us, and I guess I'd want him to say something honest, not overly romantic, not something that would make a great story to tell his friends. I'd just want him to lean over..." As I say it, I lean slightly toward Ben, close enough that I can feel the warmth of his body radiating into the empty space between us, and drop the volume of my voice. "... and say 'Janelle Tenner, fucking marry me.” 118 likes
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