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All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
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Apr 27, 10

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Read from April 21 to 27, 2010

Neily and Carly meet during the fall of their eighth grade year when Neily is admitted into the prestigious Brighton Day School’s exclusive independent study program. The two begin dating and seem to be the perfect couple until Carly’s cousin Audrey moves to town and brings Carly into a new circle of friends. Before long, Carly gets involved with Adam, Brighton’s most notorious bad boy and dumps Neily in favor of him. Carly’s behaviors become increasingly destructive, and then the summer before her junior year, Carly’s dead body is found in a local park. The police determine that she was murdered, and eventually her uncle is convicted of the crime. One year later Audrey returns to Brighton and enlists Neily’s help to try to find Carly’s actual killer and exonerate her father.

This is an extremely entertaining mystery that also convincingly portrays the ups and downs of high school relationships. The characters are well drawn and realistic; they are not easily classified as good or bad. There are two intertwining plot lines – one details the events leading up to Carly’s death and the other follows Neily and Audrey as they attempt to solve the mystery of her murder. The plot is nicely crafted with many twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing until the end. The book’s cover, which shows a girl lying in the grass, is an attention-grabber and invites the reader into the mystery. There are some instances of strong language and situations involving sex (not graphically depicted), drugs and alcohol, but all of it fits within the context of the story and is not gratuitous.
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