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3.07  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Jonah wishes he could get the girl, but he’s an outcast and she’s the most perfect girl he knows.

And their futures seemed destined to fork apart: Jonah’s physical condition is debilitating, and epileptic seizures fill his life with frustration. Whereas Stormi is seemingly carefree, and navigates life by sensing things before they happen. And her most recent premonition is
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Blink
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I hate not liking a book, but this one just wasn't for me at all. The blurb sounded so cool though so that is why I requested it.

I did like Jonah's character. He has ms and epilepsy and he's in love with is best friend Stormi.

A lot of the story I didn't understand and at one point I don't even care to understand. I only kept reading because of Jonah and I still don't understand the ending. I guess it all went over my head.

I really am glad for those people that loved the book because there is
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
3.5 Stars? 4 Stars? IDK, decisions are hard.

Full Review:
*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*

This book was strange, but I liked it. A summary of my thoughts would be that the weakness of the book was the plot, but the strength was the characterization and voice of the main character, Jonah. But now for a little more detail…

Jonah was so socially awkward sometimes that I wasn’t sure if I should laugh or cry. But mostly I just kind of loved him for how
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have to say that this is not what I expected from this story as there is quite a large paranormal component to the book. I did like the character of Jonah and did feel some sympathy for him in regard to what was happening but I found the story to be very slow and I also had a little trouble following some of it. I really do not like to give bad reviews but this one just did not work for me.
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
From now on, I will let you know whenever I feel the need to begin one of these reviews with 'um'. Like this one.

This book is giving me a bit of a headache because I really wanted to love it. I liked the writing style, and I liked the characters. Jonah, the main character who tells the story has an interesting voice that was easy to follow. But, I feel like the plot was missing something. While the pace was okay, and the story itself was well thought out, I still didn't connect to it as much as
Title: Unfoldimg
Author: Jonathan Friesen
Publisher: Blink, 2017 (January 31)
Genre: YA Paranormal

**I received a copy of the ARC free from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

This review can be found on my Blog, TeacherofYA’s Tumblr, or my Goodreads page

My Review:

Biggest cover image I could find…I usually like my covers a little bigger, but I guess it will have to do…

So I read this a bit back and haven’t reviewed it (bad, Stephanie! No candy for you!), so I decided I real
This was a weird little book that I devoured during a 13 hour car ride. It’s full of tornadoes and cults and a boy with scoliosis and a girl who can see into the future. Odd, absolutely. Was it worth it, totally.

TW: sexual assault, self-harm
Rosemary Standeven
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
This book grabs your attention right from the start with wonderful language and a unique set-up: “The tornadoes traveled over five hundred miles. They teased and jabbed their twisty fingers toward the earth, only to rear back and punch through the green with a fury rarely seen previous, and only once since. And on one such strike, heaven—or hell, depending which side you’re on—opened its fist and gently stole a
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, lent-read
My thanks to NetGalley and Zonderkidz-Books Blink for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

This book was very confusing and convoluted. I read it all the way through and went back to re-read because I felt I was missing something. I understood some of it, but a lot went right over my head. The mystical parts confused me because while the book is published by an imprint of a religious publisher, the mystical parts didn't seem to be connected to the higher power one would expect.

The mysti
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

Actual rating - 2.5

This wasn't an awful read, but it wasn't one I enjoyed either unfortunately. It took me ages to get into it, and even then it didn't hook me. I felt bored for quite a lot of it, and because of that, it dragged.

Overall, Not awful, but not a book for me.
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and my opinions are entirely my own.

Trying to fit the Gospel into a YA novel, and still have it sell, is very hard to do, and though I applaud Jonathan for trying, I think he may have spent a little too much time on trying to fit the Gospel in than he did to develop the story.

It was very well written and I fell in love with both Jonah and Stormi (Arthur too), I was just left with unanswered questions and
The first thing that really grabbed my attention with Unfolding was the cover. Those green eyes just reach into your soul and beg you to read this story. The second thing that garnered my attention was the brief blurb on the cover - "What she foresees could tear them apart". Kind of spooky in my opinion and I had a feeling that this book and me would soon develop a great relationship. Well, did Unfolding meet my expectations? Yes and no.

The story hooked me right from the beginning, but the paci
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

Friesen’s novel has an intriguing premise, with fantasy and paranormal elements that will appeal to the young adult audience. Unfortunately, the execution of the tale suffers from an extreme amount of foreshadowing and an excruciatingly slow revelation of answers. Readers willing to stick with it will find the core of a decent story in the end.
Stormi arrives as a baby, falling from the sky during a storm in a small Oklahoma town. Jonah is her next-door neighbor, and as he turns 18, he cannot den
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I read this one free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have purchased and read almost all of the other books by this author and I could not wait for this one to come out! (I will be purchasing 2 of this publication for my classroom library as well.)
Just the right amount of adventure, reality, paranormalcy and a hint of romance...
(As a teacher with an early dismissal due to snow, I had an afternoon to burn and this was a great way to spend it.) Jonah, the main
Yo Leo Ficción Cristiana

Drama and hope.

Although it is a very thin book, it is not very easy to read. This novel focuses on the illness of the main character and his struggle, not only with himself, but with the rest of the world.

The story has certain supernatural nuances, although there is more relevance of dramatic elements. Contrary to what I believed at the beginning, there is not much romance in this book, which surprised me. On the other hand, I loved the prose of the author, and that
Stephanie Ward
3.5 Stars

'Unfolding' is a fascinating young adult novel that mixes paranormal and contemporary fiction with a good dose of mystery. I was immediately intrigued after reading the description, although the actual book itself fell a bit short of what I hoped. There are several great aspects that I enjoyed - the characters were all well rounded and had unique personalities, especially Jonah (the main character) and Stormi (Jonah's best friend). Jonah's character was incredibly realistic and I immedi
Pallavi Sareen
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.
This is my first book by Jonathan Friesen and it has left me with a big question mark. WHY DO I NOT LIKE THIS BOOK?
It is weird but not creepy weird, more like a thriller with paranormal elements and some unexplainable stuff weird. The characters were just okay for me. I did not really connect with or care about any of them much. Yes, Stormi's story and Jonah's narrative did have me intrigued but I cannot comment on the p
Jun 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is a highly unusual book. It's labelled as a mystery/thriller, but there are quite a few paranormal elements( I don't necessarily mean ghosts) that are woven into the storyline. At its core is the described arrival of a young infant that falls from the sky and the epileptic cursed boy that is unable to deny his connection to her. The story fast forwards to "Stormi" and Jonah in their eighteenth year and the undeniable attraction that they feel for each other. However, the pair are soon on t ...more
Hallie Szott
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-review
This review is also posted on Book by Book.

Jonathan Friesen’s latest novel Unfolding offers readers a quirky, paranormal story, setting main characters Jonah and Stormi against their town’s secrets, guilt, and need for atonement. The story unfolds at a steady, albeit a bit slow with adventure and suspense, and I remained wholly interested in Jonah’s journey with Stormi from start to finish. I eagerly turned pages waiting for revelations, and I enjoyed Jonah as the narrator, full of flaws, determ
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When secrets start to unfold in the little town of Gullary, Oklahoma the town is on edge. With yet another storm approaching, Stormi and Jonah set out to uncover the truth and make things right again. Great read about realizing your own strengths, standing up for others, and it has a mystery with a flare of some supernatural elements.

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C.E. Hart
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
One week after the storm, Ma planted a cottonwood out front of our trailer. She later explained it as an act of defiance. Ma was sinking roots, declaring that no tornado could dislodge our family from Green Country, the eastern wedge of Oklahoma infiltrated by the Ozark’s mountainous tentacles. ~First lines of Chapter 1.

I have mixed feelings about Unfolding, by Jonathan Friesen. In many ways I loved the story. It’s not my go-to genre, and actually I’ve read very little few YA books, but I’m
Janka H.
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Billy Coffey and (milder, YA-minded and Christian-like version of) Stephen King comes to mind when reading Unfolding. This (fantasy/mildly dystopian) YA deals with many burdens, some visible and present (hero Jonah suffers from 2 harsh illnesses - both serious case of scoliosis and epilepsia), some hidden in the past, but therefore they are even more devastating. Freedom seems impossible to come, yet truth can set you free. Really?

This novel reads very easily, maybe because it is very relatable
Chrissie Morrison
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Jonah has a terrible case of scoliosis. He was supposed to have surgery to have his back straightened when he was a kid, but things never got that far. He should have known better than to even take the trip out for the surgery, since Stormi warned them not to go and her premonitions always seem to come true. It was just too tempting to think about being "normal," though, so he went. And while he sat in a group therapy session for kids like him who were scheduled to have surgeries at that hospita ...more
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
In Unfolding, the plot's two main characters. Jonah, suffering from frequent epileptic seizures and scoliosis, and Stormi, a free, flying girl, that somehow was dropped on Earth in a Tornado Alley Oklahoma village. Stormi senses things before they actually happen. Relax, despite the possibly scary cover, this novel is no thriller, but a love story with twists. Both keep each other locked in conversations. As a reader, I often was wondering what actually happened. Storms, accidents, captured in a ...more
David Pyle
Quite an intriguing little novel, this Young Adult tale was quirky and compelling. The story is swept in on the tail end of a storm, quite literally. The protagonist, Jonah, and his primary sidekick/friend/love interest/obsession, Stormi, are mysterious while remaining representative of Everyman in their actions and attitudes.

The unveiled secret of the small Oklahoma town is devastating in its impact. Divine retribution is clearly in play, through the hands of mortal men, as it most often is.

Carlye Krul
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I would give this book 3.5 stars.

The characters and setting were good, the writing style nice. The plot was just confusing. The characters spent a lot of their time doing things that didn't make sense and some things that were mentioned was never solved.

I have no idea why Jonah was digging a hole but some think he's digging a grave. But there aren't any deaths within the 3 months the story took place in. Also, I'm not sure why Stormi has here gift or what she was supposed to do with it. The auth
Anna Mcfarland
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Secrets--Jonah's hometown is full of them, but he's just trying to get through senior year without having an epileptic episode and if he could persuade the girl next-door to let him out of the the friend zone, he'd be ecstatic.
As he draws closer to her, he uncovers secrets which lead him to question who he can trust.
Hang on for the wild ride filled with romance, prison breaks, and twisters (not just the plot kind)!
Mara Campbell
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok

The only thing I liked about this book was the author's unique voice. I enjoyed the quirky flow of thoughts from the narrator, and it helped to build the mystery. That being said, I feel like I wasted 4 hours of my life on a story that never started. I was hooked, waiting for an explanation that never came. It got weirder and weirder, and then ended. What??
Jun 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
I kept waiting for a story to begin. Each chapter I was thinking, "Ok, now we are going to get somewhere." Not the case at all. I was left wondering why I even bothered trying to read this. The only character who was even kind of likeable was Jonah. The only redeeming factor is that it was only 160 pages, so my agony wasn't prolonged. ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Didn't care for it. ...more
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Honestly I had a really hard time following this book, I was excited for it at first but by the end I wasn't enjoying it all that much. ...more
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