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All Unquiet Things

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  3,170 ratings  ·  417 reviews
Carly: She was sweet. Smart. Self-destructive. She knew the secrets of Brighton Day School's most privileged students. Secrets that got her killed.

Neily: Dumped by Carly for a notorious bad boy, Neily didn't answer the phone call she made before she died. If he had, maybe he could have helped her. Now he can't get the image of her lifeless body out of his mind.

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Hardcover, 337 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Delacorte Press (first published December 18th 2009)
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Nov 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya
this is a really high three stars, because i really did like it a whole lot. my only reservations about going the whole four are that i know i will never read it again. five stars means i neeeed to reread it, and four stars - its chances are good that it will be revisited. but this is a mystery, and i am not the sort of person who has any interest in rereading a mystery once i know whodunit.

but it has a lot going for it.

it takes its title from childe harold, so already it's got me interested. m
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

Suppose Season One of Veronica Mars and Rian Johnson’s 2005 neo-noir film ‘Brick’ met in dark alley for a secret liaison, and the result was a book. If you are anything like me, you’d assume that book would be awesome, right? It would be darkly toned, with hardboiled, gutsy characters and razor-sharp dialogue wrapped around a tight, switch-backing plot. You wouldn’t be able to put it down and the grit would be practically leaching off the pages onto your fingers.

Despite the clear poten
Apr 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, this is my book, so I think it's pretty great. Hopefully soon other people will think so, too! ...more

Carly Ribelli was murdered just before starting her junior year at exclusive Brighton High School just outside San Francisco, and her trouble-making alcoholic uncle has been convicted for the crime. A year later, Carly's old boyfriend Neily and her cousin Audrey, both beginning their senior year, find themselves obsessing over the murder and, in Audrey's case, determined to prove that someone other than her father is responsible. They think someone at their school might have a better motive, and
Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: guest-reviews

All Unquiet Things is a murder mystery with thriller elements incorporated throughout the story. The plot focuses on the murder of college student Carly Ribelli. Carly is found shot to death in Northern California. Enzo, Carly’s Uncle, who was an alcoholic was convicted of the crime. However, one year later Audrey, the daughter of Enzo and cousin of Carly, turned up to school and is convinced that her father is innocent. Determined to prove his innocence, Audrey contacts C
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab left me with very mixed feelings. There were parts I really enjoyed but unfortunately, the characters left me cold.

Synopsis: Carly: She was sweet. Smart. Self-destructive. She knew the secrets of Brighton Day School's most privileged students. Secrets that got her killed.

Neily: Dumped by Carly for a notorious bad boy, Neily didn't answer the phone call she made before she died. If he had, maybe he could have helped her. Now he can't get the image of her lifeless
Jan 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Those of you who know me, know that if it doesn't go bump in the night or have a goofy love story then I usually don't read it. So reading a mystery is something new for me.
With that said, I was surprised to discovery how intriguing reading a mystery could be!

All Unquiet Things was a thrilling book that held a lot of suspense and also a lot of heart.
I was absorbed in this story and even though I'm pretty good at seeing the outcome of books- Anna Jarzab had me guessing right till the very end. Sh
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
" It is indeed a mistake to confuse children with angels" Douglas Coupland .
This quote at the beginning of the book made me curious, and I decided to give it a try.The book is easy to read but it is not about the easy life of some upper-class teenagers but about the hardships they have to endure and the choices they make in life. I wouldn't say it was entertaining because there is a lot of suffering involved but it was a nice break from dystopia and paranormal novels.

Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
All Unquiet Things rotates from the perspective of Neily and Audrey, two individuals greatly affected by the death of their close friend Carly. Neily was Carly's ex-boyfriend, and has been emotionally distraught ever since he lost her - he was heartbroken because of their breakup, and his desolate feelings have intensified after her death. Audrey, Carly's former best friend and cousin, used to belong to the popular crowd at Brighton. But ever since her dad was jailed for murdering Carly, she has ...more
Elizabeth Scott
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is so beautifully written it took my breath away. All Unquiet Things is about Neily and Audrey and Carly. Neily was once Carly's boyfriend, and Audrey was her best friend.

Carly was murdered, and Neily and Audrey team up--very reluctantly--to find out what really happened the night she died because it turns out that Carly knew things--and those things may have been what gotten her killed.

Told in alternating sections by Neily and Audrey, we not only see how things are, but how things wer
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, ya, dlr-library
Not bad mystery, though not that good a one, either. At least not good if you like your dialogue somewhat believable, or your main characters somewhat likeable. These weren't very likeable, and they weren't particularly credible as detectives, either. TSTL came near to being true in a literal sense more than once or twice, unfortunately. On the other hand, I was very happy to have been able to borrow the audiobook from the library, filling a gap while trying to decide what to use my monthly Audi ...more
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book, and it was a nice change for me from all the paranormal YA I've been reading lately. Jarzab does a great job of creating a suspenseful mystery that will really capture your heart. The story deals with tough issues and deals with them boldly and bravely: personal loss, teen drug use, depression and different kinds of abuse (whether it's inflicted by ourselves of others). Since Carly was silenced by death, there is no one to speak up for her and no one that knows the t ...more
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab, it gave me many different emotions.
Hating one character during one part of the book and feeling sympathy the next. All Unquiet
Things is about Carly a student at Brighton High School who was about to start her junior year
but was murdered a few days before starting school.
Her uncle, an alcoholic, was convicted of her murder and was facing time in jail locked
up for a crime that he denied. Now it’s Carly's cousin, the daughter of her killer, Audrey, a
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary mysteries
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
Carly was a sweet girl with a wonderful personality. She was pretty and popular; vivacious and funny. She was as smart as a whip and knew everything about the privileged student body of the Brighton Day School. As much as he still loves her, it's disturbing for Neily to see how much his girlfriend has changed: she has begun running with a much faster crowd, and become extremely self-destructive.

When she suddenly dumps him for a notorious bad boy, Neily is devastated. Bewildered and angered by Ca
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: june-reread
All Unquiet Things is intriguing, mysterious, and downright shocking.

The novel is split into four parts, and an epilogue. Neily narrates Parts 1, 3, and the epilogue, leaving Audrey to narrate Parts 2 and 4. At the end of Neily's first narration, I was initially worried that I wouldn't enjoy Audrey's voice as much, or that I would get confused, but the transition was easy and enjoyable.

It took me a few chapters to adjust to Neily's voice, but I grew to enjoy his sarcasm. He's still really hurtin
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, mystery
The four main elements of this book are- murder mystery-friendship-betrayal-loss.....

This is weird , I have never started a book after leaving it TWICE ...

Yeah I started it reading few months ago, read 20 pages .. didnt continue ... again picked it up, read 33 pages ... left ...

Suddenly ,three nights before , I got reminded of this book ... and I completed it & even enjoyed it.

I guess the beginning is bit confusing , but as soon as you grab the story , you are hooked on it till the end ...

The b
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Grade: B+

One word: Captivating

Audrey's father may be a drunken loser, but they doesn't mean she thinks he deserves to be in prison for murdering her best friend and cousin Carly. With the help of Carly's ex Neily, she's determined to find out the real killer. Too bad Audrey and Neily can barely stand each other, but they do agree the true culprit is probably one of their prep school classmates.

Anna Jarzab created two difficult to like characters in Audrey and Neily, who alternated telling secti
Jul 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
All Unquiet Things is one of the most beautifully written books that I have ever read. It was haunting and tragic but somehow so full of hope. It's hard to believe that this is Anna Jarzab's debut novel.

Neilly Monroe and Audrey Ribelli are both grieving for Carly Ribelli. They both loved her but in very different ways. For some reason, Carly's death still haunts Neilly. Her killer is behind bars so why does he feel as if he is missing something? Audrey knows what he is missing. Her dad may be in
Dec 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Lately it's rare to find such a remarkably well-written YA novel. With at the so-so written YA novels in shelves, ALL UNQUIET THINGS is sure to stand out.

The voices of the two main characters—Neily and Aubrey—are so strong and so realistically portrayed that I found myself reading their story well into the night. While their voices are a bit familiar that you need to check whose part it is, their narration really sucks you in. Their grief, frustrations, anger, and their other feelings just leapt
Feb 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
I'd like to give this more stars, but I can't - for lots of reasons. First, while Jarzab's writing is very good, at times I found it to be stilted, uneven and a bit over the top - especially the dialog. Perhaps it was because I listened to this as an audio book, but the writing was terribly uneven in parts - uncharacteristically deep and too dramatic for eighth, ninth and tenth graders at one moment and then stunningly accurate teen-age language. The disparity was bothersome. While I like the du ...more
I'm surprised this book has such a high rating. I get that the suspense or the whodunit aspect is appealing, but seriously, the story was all over the place! It's broken up into parts told from two different perspectives - one from the dead girl's ex-boyfriend, and the other from the dead girl's cousin. The first two parts go from present to various past times, like "eighth grade fall semester" or "freshman year spring semester", but all out of order. Who can keep track? After a while I didn't e ...more
Jarzab has a way with words -- her prose is sharp and evocative. The nuances of her characters and their experiences make them seem real, almost as if you are in the room with them, as if you have known them (or someone uncannily like them) all your life.

I was sucked in by the mystery. Unfortunately the pacing was slow for me. The further I got in to the story it seemed the less I knew. The less I knew, the less I cared. In the end it seemed I barely cared at all yet I soldiered on (through grea
Erica Alyson
I really really enjoyed this book! I was reading it all day yesterday and today. It was so hard to put down to go to bed last night.

The author must be familiar with the setting. I have lived in San Ramon, Ca 25 years and her facts about the bay area and surrounding are accurate. I love it! I had so much fun reading this book.

I don't want to give much away about the story since it is a mystery. I suspected the person who committed the murder a few times, but I also suspected many others so it kep
Samantha (WLABB)
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, audiobooks, mystery
Well, that took a turn I really wasn't expecting. It's funny, that Jarzab even got me to care about solving this murder, because I found it hard to like the victim. Wow! She left some proverbial bodies in her wake. Let's just say, I am grateful for that bit the author gave me at the end, to help me understand the victim a little better. I really liked the structure of the story. The book is split in half with the first half told from Neily's (the ex's) point of view, and the second told form Aud ...more
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own
Main character Neily is coping after the death of ex-girlfriend Carly and the guilt he feels for not responding to her final attempts to reach him the night she was murdered. Their breakup the year before had been especially painful and embarrassing for Neily. When Carly’s cousin Audrey suggests the real killer is still at large, he thinks she is just trying to clear her father, who is serving time for the crime. Gradually, the two find clues in Carly’s diary that make someone else a plausibl
Payton B
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it

There are secrets all around you. That is the moral of All Unquiet Things. The author: Anna Jarzab makes that pretty obvious in this book, because there are so many events when they find out the truth about certain people and certain things. It’s like a mystery all the time. Neily and Audrey: the main characters don’t believe in the final decisions of the police, so they finish the case on their own. Just two teenagers wanting to know the truth about what really happened to their best friend. No
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
When Carly died, no one lost more than Neily and Audrey.

Carly was Audrey's cousin. Her best friend. Her dad was convicted of the murder, but Audrey knows there's no way he did it. Now she's determined to find out the truth.

Neily is the one who found Carly's body. She was his ex-girlfriend. The one who broke his heart and publicly humiliated him, but the one he couldn't get over. He feels guilty that he didn't answer his phone the night before her death and can't let himself off the hook for not
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Anna Jarzab’s first novel All Unquiet Things is mature and thoughtful. Kirkus called it “a sophisticated teen mystery.” It’s actually hard to believe that this book is written for young adult readers; its prose, while not exactly sophisticated, is a cut above many other books published for young readers.

It was the end of summer, when the hills were bone dry and brown; the sun beating down and shimmering off the pavement was enough to give you heatstroke. One winter came, Empire Valley would be
Lisa Nocita
May 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Carly, a young, wealthy high school student, is found murdered, shot in cold blood four times. Audrey's father, Carly's best friend and cousin, has been convicted of the crime. In the aftermath, Neily, Carley's ex, who found her body, and Audrey struggle find some resolution and peace in a world that has been turned topsy turvy. Audrey's father is an alcoholic and ne'er do well. He is a convenient fall guy on which to pin the murder. He had motive, opportunity, and no alibi for the night of the ...more
Steph Su
May 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
I have to admit, I did not take to this book. Excellent writing clashes with unsympathetic characters and a snail-like plot to make ALL UNQUIET THINGS a difficult read for me.

There is no question that Jarzab’s writing is great. Like Curtis Sittenfeld, Jarzab meticulously analyzes nearly every facet of Neily, Audrey, and Carly, making them feel as if they could be your flawed classmates. However, also like Sittenfeld’s characters in Prep, Neily, Audrey, and Carly simply aren’t very likable, sympa
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Anna Jarzab is the author of All Unquiet Things, The Opposite of Hallelujah, Tandem, Tether, Red Dirt, and Breath Like Water. She lives in New York City and works in children's book publishing. Visit her online at and connect with her on Twitter and Instagram @ajarzab. ...more

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“How many people are we going to lose before the universe decides we've had enough?" Carly asked me. I didn't answer, but if I had known what was coming I would have said, "All of them.” 13 likes
“My mouth hung slightly open, i was getting ready to sat something important. what i wanted to say was: I's so, so sorry. but instead I said, "i love you." Only then, when i said it out loud, did i know that it was true.
Carly threaded her fingers through mine and i squeezed her hand. She said it back to me, and i was relieved in a way that i wasn't expecting. i didn't know that i needed her to say it until she did. i was so grateful; i leaned down and kissed her fearlessly, which was unlike me. When she kissed me back, i brought my hand up and cupped the nape of her neck, pulling her hair with clumsy fingers. i tried to back off, to apologize for hurting her, but she kept me close, kissing me softly at first, then hard and fast until the lines between us blurred.”
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