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When the Truth Unravels

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Last month, Elin tried to kill herself.

She knows she's lucky that her parents found her in time. Lucky to be going to prom with her three best friends, like any other teen. Like it never happened. And if she has anything to say about it, no one but her best friends will ever know it did.

Jenna, Rosie, and Ket will do anything to keep Elin's secret—and to make sure it never
Published January 2019 by Sky Pony Press
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Rachel Solomon
Official blurb: "The four girls at the center of WHEN THE TRUTH UNRAVELS are prickly, complicated, and headstrong—and I adored all of them. RuthAnne Snow's debut takes a quintessential high school experience—prom—and fills it with detours and secrets that make it impossible to put down. Across two timelines and multiple POVs, Snow paints an authentic, sensitive picture of depression and shows us how friendship is a delicate but resilient thing. I wish I could hand this to every teen girl trying ...more
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
I don’t really know what it was, but I could not get into this story to save my life. While I did grow to enjoy the complex and unique relationships between the girls and the other characters, it took me a while to get there.

My reading experience was rather disjointed - while I was expecting to love the “before” chapters to get all the history and background and the emotional weight of the “now”, it fell flat. Which was a huge problem because I didn’t care about all the impactful moments that l
Samantha (WLABB)
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Sometimes we keep secrets to protect others, and sometimes we keep them to protect ourself, but things started to spiral out of control for these four friends, when all of their secrets began to unravel.

• Pro: Female friendship for the win! These four had a relationship that hit a few snags, but they were steadfast and stood by each other, even when things got really messy.

• Pro: I adored all four of these young women. They were quite different from each other, but complemented
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

Elin’s three best friends think showing her an epic prom night will help her move on from her suicide attempt. Then Elin goes missing at prom, sending her friends on a frenzied search, worrying for the worst.

RuthAnne Snow’s debut novel kept me interested from start to finish. Elin’s three friends has distinct, unique personalities. I always knew whose first person point of view I was reading. Elin’s personality was less fleshed out, her chapters were in third person, which may have been
Jessica | Booked J
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review also found at Booked J. As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.

Breathtaking. Would it be weird to just leave my review as that simple word? Because, right now, as I recover from this beauty, I can't think of any other word. None. I couldn't put When the Truth Unravels down. It completely wrecked me in the best way possible. This book was so moving and had a very accura
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it

This plot goes deep but it's not emotional like The Last Time We Say Goodbye or anything. If anything, it kind of felt like a thriller, though there was no actual reason for me to feel that way. Still, with every plot twist I felt we'd end up having to run for our lives. Well, if this were a whodunnit at all, the answer is too clear—depression is a B. And the book did sound like it was a 'who's gonna be its next victim?'.

But I'm babbling even before saying what it really is about. We have the po
Lillian Clark
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so grateful to have gotten to read an early copy of WHEN THE TRUTH UNRAVELS. Told through the revolving POVs of four best friends on the night of their senior prom, WTTU tackles challenging issues while being funny, engaging, and compulsively readable. I love these friends, their complexities and quirks, their loyalty and tensions. Snow manages to capture the multi-layered reality of friendships, the good and the bad, all wrapped up in a fast-paced and entertaining package. I loved it!
Prerna Pickett
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to do a sensitivity read for The Truth Unravels and let me tell you, you definitely want to get your hands on this one when it releases! The friendships are EVERYTHING. They're real, painful, beautiful. In fact, a lot of the instances reminded me of my own friendships in high school. Each girl has a clear, distinct voice, and each plays a pivotal role in the story. RuthAnne handled the tough subject matters of depression and suicide with care but didn't shy away from the r ...more
Kelly Coon
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Welp, I’m all done. WHEN THE TRUTH UNRAVELS has unraveled ME. Snow has woven four POVs into a friendship tale full of heartache (oh, the heartache), loyalty, humor, and love. The mystery surrounding Elin’s prom disappearance and the risks they each take to show one another how much their friendship really means, will leave readers on the edges of their seats, desperate for more.
Gail Shepherd
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: debut19, y-a, contemporary
Handling multiple points of view in one novel is difficult to pull off, but RuthAnne Snow manages it with grace as she unravels the mystery at the heart of an intense friendship between four high school girls--Elin, Jenna, Rosie, and Ket. Told in alternating points of view from each of the four main characters, at its core this friendship story is about communication and the lack of it--what we tell (to whom) and what we hide (from whom), and how keeping important secrets damages intimacy.

Andi (Andi's ABCs)
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I'm a sucker for books that involve strong female friendships. I often feel like a lot of authors prefer the frienemy over the BFF, so I was really excited about RuthAnne Snow's debut, When the Truth Unravels, a story about 4 best friends hiding a secret about Elin's suicide attempt and secrets about themselves.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I read this boks months ago, and I still find myself thinking about it. It’s just, SO GOOD!

In their efforts to keep things normal, Rosie, Ket, and Jenna decide to have a girls only prom night for their friend, Elin after she tried to commit suicide. Things don’t go as planned, and when Elin disappears, their effort to hide her secret, and secr
Samantha Hastings
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Prom night the quintessential high school experience from the viewpoint of four friends—including one who attempted suicide and she’s missing. Each friend has their own struggles as they are trying to hold themselves and each other together.

What I loved 🖤🖤🖤:
1. The setting. Utah isn’t often the setting in YA novels and it was fun to read about my home state. But now I really want a dirty soda from Sodalicious and maybe a cookie too.
2. The four distinct voices...sometimes when there’s multiple PO
Kara J McDowell
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book BLEW ME AWAY. I don't cry very often when reading, but this book absolutely wrecked me.

Friendship is the beating heart of this book, and Snow's portrayal of the complications and loyalty that accompanying high school friendships is spot on. Elin, Jenna, Ket, and Rosie are, nuanced, dynamic characters, and I fell in love with all of them as the pages flew by. And holy cow, this book is so funny. Snow deftly tackles serious subject matter in a light-hearted way, and I found myself altern
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a page-turner! I loved the way the story unfolds through the four POVs and two timelines, but I especially loved that this was above all else a friendship story--between the four protagonists, their best (male) friend, and some new people they open up to when least expected. Great read for fans of realistic YA!
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
*3.5 Stars*

I was provided an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Jenny, Rosie, Elin and Ket are a tight group of friends. Well, at least they were. Ever since Elin tried to kill herself, things have been messy between them and a lot of secrets are being kept.
Our story starts a couple months after Elin's suicide attempt and today is prom and a lot is about to happen. A lot.

The story was told through the four girls' points of view. At first, Elin's chapters were flashbacks.
The whole
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WHEN THE TRUTH UNRAVELS is a stunning contemporary YA novel about friendship, family, and the challenges faced by modern day teens. It’s beautifully written and utterly addictive with a tremendous depth of emotion. This is one 2019 debut you don’t want to miss!

I was completely engrossed by the story of these four friends. Snow does an amazing job of not only exploring the feelings of depression that prompt Elian’s attempt, but also of portraying the aftermath and the emotional impact it has on a
Emily Martin
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an early version of this book and ohhhh goodness did it slay me. RuthAnne's writing is beautiful, and she manages to make each of these girls feel nuanced and so alive. She infuses a lot of humor alongside serious subject matter, and there are so many sneaky gut-punch moments as well. I'm not someone who cries super easily from books, but this one got me (even on a subsequent read). Highly recommend for anyone looking for complex female friendships!
Kristin Wright
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this book and was truly moved by the sensitive look at what kind of adult emotions and problems are eddying around and under the quintessential teenage preparation for the prom. This book is a beautiful look at friendship and struggle and that tipping-point moment of imminent departure from childhood that the end of high school represents. Anyone who was ever a teen and remembers that it wasn't all pompons and yearbooks will love this story.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
this was pretty nice.

actual rating: 3.75/5
Gina Denny
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So great. I love broken timelines, where bits and pieces are revealed in a non-linear way, and this one is particularly awesome.
Melanie Stanford
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read an early version and it's fantastic! Full of flawed yet relatable characters and moments that will make you laugh and cry. I can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, own-e-copy
Actual rating: 3.5 ⭐⭐⭐

I feel like this book had been lying to me for good 80% of this reading experience and I'm TRIGGERED. Let's begin on a spoiler, shall we: (view spoiler)
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anxiety, depression, ptsd
My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!

Thank you to Simon & Schuster for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book started out slow and took me a while to get into, but it is jam packed with some serious mental health situations. You have Elin with her suicide attempt, another girl with some serious PTSD issues with the constant word usage and definitions, and a few more with high anxiety situations that they are not handling appropriately (to put it m
Afoma Umesi
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-2019
Thanks to Sky Pony Press for an ARC of this book!

RuthAnne Snow's debut novel begins on the evening of prom. Jenna, Elin, Ket, and Rosie have been friends for most of their lives, but recently, Elin tried to kill herself. After some time in a treatment facility and prescription meds, Elin's parents want things to return to normal and pretend she never attempted suicide. Her friends want to keep her secret and convince their friend to keep living, so they plan for the best prom ever. Things are go
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the Truth Unravels by RuthAnne Snow is a well-written young adult novel with a socially relevant storyline.

Elin Angstrom, Jenna Sinclair, Rosie Winchester and Ket West-Beauchamp have been close friends for several years. However, ever since Elin attempted suicide, cracks have begun to show in the foundation of their friendship.  Elin's return to school has been uneasy with rumors swirling about her absence. She is also not divulging the reason for her inexplicable decision to end her life. 
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm quite frankly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I expected it to be a fluffy, superficial story with shallow, spoiled characters. And on some level, that's exactly what it was. But I loved it anyway. I think it was a great portrayal of a group of high school kids trying to navigate parents, friendships, school, teenage-ism, and essentially life. Some of the characters were spoiled and shallow, but they were rather endearing and likable despite this. The author did a great job of int ...more
Natalie Williamson
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic. Real talk: I was worried about reading this because my husband and I lost a close friend to depression/suicide a few years ago, so I have a hard time with stories that deal with those issues. But honestly, I wish I’d had this book in my life sooner. Snow deftly handles the uncertainty and awkwardness of being in the After of a suicide attempt, and I identified so strongly with Ket, Jenna, and Rosie as they try to navigate how to be the best friends they can to Elin while al ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this book as an advance copy from Edelweiss. This does not effect my review as it is honest and unbiased.

When the Truth Unravels is fabulous. There's mystery laced through the pages, but even more so it's a book about telling our truths and finding support in friendship. Sometimes there are secrets we can't even tell our best friends. This multiple POV novel looks at a mystery, Elin's disappearance on Prom night and unravels all these threads about what happened. What sec
Kimberly Gabriel
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book sucked me from page one and captivated me throughout the entire read. The four girls this story revolves around are each deep, complicated, and so realistic for YA. (There were times when I wanted to hug each of these girls). Snow nailed their voices and their friendships with each other. I loved the multiple POVs that were each distinct. I loved the two timelines, one of which revealed the events that led up to Elin's suicide attempt. And I loved how Snow so authentically portrayed de ...more
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RuthAnne Snow was born and raised in Kaysville, Utah. She was a sorority girl in college and social activities director in law school—which was a lot like being back in the sorority. She has interned for the U.S. Senate, worked on policy papers for Congress and the State Department, and once spent a year sorting through emails looking for fraud. It wasn’t nearly as fun as writing fiction. She love ...more