Publisher: Scholastic, Point
Pub. Date: July 1st 2009
Age Range: 12 and up
Source Of Copy: from the publisher
Delia Truesdale has no idea her life's about to change forever. She's too busy enjoying the California summer. Her internet tycoon mother, T.K. Truesdale, is out of town, and that means Delia can spend all her time at the beach, surfing. That is, until everything unravels.
Her mother suddenly goes missing, and everyone thinks she's dead - excpet Delia, who knows T.K.'s way too organized to simply disappear. But Delia's still sent to New York to live with her two aunts - a downtown bohemian and an uptown ice queen.
And in case that's not bad enough, she also has to deal with a snooty new school and trying not to fall for the wrong guy. Oh, and finding her mother.
As she delves deeper into the tangle of conspiracies and lies surrounding T.K.'s disappearance, Delia begins to suspect that the wrong guy may be the right guy...and that some secrets - especially the dangerous ones - were never meant to be unraveled.
A mixture of contemporary and thriller, And Then Everything Unraveled makes sure to satisfy readers' different tastes.
I really enjoyed this book because it seems different. You cannot tell at first it's a normal story about a girl who suddenly lost her mother or a thrilling mystery about a disappearance. Everything goes slow and natural, making you want to read more and more.
The thing I like about this book is that the narration is really good. It controls the whole mood of the story. Even though we got the news of a dead mother, Delia's voice is so strong you have to agree with her that it's such a false belief. The mood of the story isn't exactly bright or dark, so it keeps you wondering which way the author will choose to go. Step by step, like the title indicate, everything unravels.
We got a very calmed and collected, smart Delia as our main character. We also got the two interesting aunts who are absolutely different from each other but both are surely great and fun ones. Others also appeal to me because they are sort of mysterious, like you really don't know who's friends with Delia and who should bring her harm. For the romantic parts of this book, I didn't squeal or anything, but I still find the couple cute.
The end is a kind of open one, even though we finally have our answer about Delia's mother. I hope we'll have a sequel or something because I feel there's a lot to be explained.