★ ★ ★ ★ ★
In the English-speaking world, this is definitely an example of ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ (you can see here how much better the German edition is!) I was not at all enamoured by the English edition’s cover – it was bland, not entirely relevant and not quite suitable for the target young adult audience. I have to say, however, that was the only thing that I was not a fan of with All Unquiet Things (well, that and the title, which again seemed a bit of an odd choice).
From start to finish, I found that All Unquiet Things was fantastic, even though barely 50% of Goodreads reviewers thought it above average. Jarzab kept it alive, twisting the plot until the end, whilst making it a realistic story. The characters were, on the whole, realistic as well, and Jarzab didn’t fall into the pothole of developing a relationship between Neily and Audrey just because she could.
Jarzab told the storyline through alternating perspectives, which were used well to further ensure the novel was realistic. It also offered the reader a greater insight into both the characters and their related backstories around Carly. There were also two timelines in the novel (before Carly’s death and after) and these were well-managed to subtly reveal plot points and engage the reader.
All Unquiet Things is a great young adult read, well told in not-your-average format. It’s certainly not one that’s saturated the YA booklr community, but it’s definitely worth a read. Even better, it’s Jarzab’s debut novel, and I sure hope that the things to come (and the things that have already come) build on this awesome read!
Recommended for fans of:
- Torn by Cat Clarke
- I Was Here by Gayle Forman
- No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale