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The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee
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Jun 04, 12

Read from May 21 to June 04, 2012

This is a young adult novel that manages to infuse a bit of originality into an overworked paranormal theme. Although not wholly different, this book does present some fun, interesting moments.
What really seems to work is that Corinne is bipolar. It’s not every day that we encounter a teen book with a manic-depressive protagonist. Yes, the disease is a bit over-simplified, but maybe that was the author’s intention considering what her readers’ age group would be. Corinne is an interesting character to follow, with the guilt she’s struggling with and with the balance she’s trying to achieve in her life. Of course, it seems like no teen book can be free of the curse of instant love. In this case, Nate is the love interest. The two of them seem to fall head over heels for each other in a very short time, which, really, after so many books with similar situations, gets kind of tired and used. The other characters, like Corinne’s mother, are good filler ones, although they don’t truly lift off the pages.
The plot is pretty fun, with a good sense of pacing and some actually frightening moments, especially towards the last seventy pages or so.
All in all, a slightly different novel with some well written moments. I do recommend it to young adult readers.

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