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The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee
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Jul 09, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: net-galleys
Read from June 26 to July 08, 2012

My Favorite Lines:
“I loved the ‘high’ part of being bipolar. I loved being able to research, write, and print out a term paper in one evening, not that anything I wrote made sense. I loved staying awake for days on end, talking to anyone about everything.”

“When I slide the switch, the smoky beam swings over the faces of my friends. Meg, Lacy, Tasha, and Dino. Faces frozen. Eyes unblinking. Mouths stretched in soundless screams.”

Why I Loved It: I had been looking forward to this book for a while. It sounded interesting enough to make it one of my WoW picks. I found it really interesting that Jeannine Garsee had/has worked as a psychiatric nurse, and her main character in this book had been diagnosed as bipolar. I started to have high hopes for the book. Now keeping in mind that I wasn’t sure about how the paranormal part was going to come in, I started the book with a great deal of anticipation. I have to be honest. I was not disappointed. Now it wasn’t quite the book that I just “couldn’t put down” but I really enjoyed reading the book before bed every night.

Rinn is sixteen, and she has just landed in a new school. Her past is full of some crazy events that resulted from her bipolar diagnosis. There is one tragedy of her past that is haunting her present. That isn't the only thing that is haunting her. It seems an lady had recently committed suicide in her new bedroom. And that lady’s granddaughter also haunts the pool room at school. When some pretty strange things start happening, Rinn has to question if it’s her or if ghosts truly do exist.

Nate, the love interest in the book, was pretty gorgeous sounding. He had that country flair that I seem to have a weakness for. I also loved his pet name for Rinn.

The only real weakness of the book for me was that character development could have been been a bit better. I wanted more about some of the characters to really feel grief for them. Regardless it was still a pretty awesome book.

Who Should Read It: For those readers, kind of like me, that really love contemporary books that deal with real issues like Ellen Hopkins, but also get really into some of the paranormal books, you should check this one out. It's not too intense paranormal-wise, so if intensity is a must have, this book may not be enough for you. It's perfect for that before bed reading time.
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