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All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
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May 19, 2010

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All Unquiet Things has two narrators and time shifts from the present to the past many times, so the narrative is complex. The ritzy private school setting and adults in strictly peripheral roles are hallmarks of a certain strain of YA books; the unrealistic risk-taking owes a debt to amateur sleuths everywhere. Overall, the tone is not so much thrilling as reflective; Audrey and Neily both try to figure out if Carly was the girl they thought she was while they seek out her killer.

Neily is still hurting from finding the body of his murdered ex-girlfriend when her cousin Audrey approaches him for help figuring out who really killed Carly. Audrey's father was convicted, but she's sure he didn't do it.

The mystery is engaging and isn't overly easy to solve. However, there are some flaws; it's hard to imagine high school students as drug-running criminal masterminds and it's downright unbelievable to think that Audrey's father was tried and convicted in one year. The wheels of justice usually grind a lot more slowly than that. There are many, many references to underage drinking, drug-use, and sex.

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