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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  18,463 ratings  ·  1,924 reviews
24 meets the X Files in the biggest teen blockbuster of the summer…


Leaving the beach, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit head on by a pickup truck.

And killed.

Then Ben Michaels, resident stoner, is leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, she knows Ben somehow brought her back to life…

Meanwhile, Janelle’s father, a specia
Paperback, UK, 445 pages
Published June 7th 2012 by HarperCollins Children’s Books (first published April 24th 2012)
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Casey Mei Nagel I did not see most of the book coming. It surprised me.
Casey Mei Nagel There is three or four kisses. Janelle remembers waking up in the back of a car with her jeans and underwear ripped. She later learns a boy was attemp…moreThere is three or four kisses. Janelle remembers waking up in the back of a car with her jeans and underwear ripped. She later learns a boy was attempting rape (not clarified if the crime was committed though). Nothing explicit. Your good! (less)

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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
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Shelves: ya, 2012, sci-fi
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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
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
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
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. Theref
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
A lot of fun:
(There’s a rumor I’m the reason Dave Kotlar only has one testicle now, but it’s a total lie. I have no idea what he did to himself, but since he hasn’t made any big attempts to dispel the rumors, it must be way more embarrassing than getting beat up by a girl.) (c)
It’s not that I haven’t accomplished things. It’s not that the people I leave behind won’t remember me. It’s not even that I’m young and there was so much more I wanted to experience—so much more I wanted to do.
It’s th
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
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 thi
Megs ♥
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Megs ♥ 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
Elizabeth Norris
Feb 06, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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. :) ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) 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 pa
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jasprit by: Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
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
Mar 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

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.

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
Maggie ☘
*3,5/5 stars*

“Lives are made of strings of moments, and every once in a while, one of those moments is pivotal and defining. It changes everything, alters you so completely that when you look back, there’s a clear before and after.”

Unraveling is surprisingly gripping, unputdownable YA science fiction mystery. The story revolves around family - the hardships of being the only parent to your younger brother, about workaholic FBI agent of a father and bipolar, severely depressed mother. About f
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
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
Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
Update: This book was even better second time around!
This was a fresh new idea to sci-fi. There was plenty of mystery and suspense. I also liked how the blurb gave no clues to Ben's origin or what was causing the end of the world...

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Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ebook
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
An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to change.

Walking home from school, Janelle gets hit by a truck and dies, but then wakes up again with her classmate Ben hovering over her. She believes he healed her and is determined to find out why and how. I can’t write anymore just because it would spoil everything and I don’t want to do that!

As for the characters?? Janelle was an interesting enough character. I l
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review first posted at Bewitched Bookworms

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 was immediately back 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 incredible addicting! Once you started - you won't stop! I loved this countdown, it tot
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
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Zoey Talbon
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own
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
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eunice by: Maja and Sam
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
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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

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