All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab

by Victoria Testa

In the heart of sunny California, a high school is filled with secrets and scandal. These elite students are smart and incredibly rich, but below the surface their lives are filled with rumors and lies. Unfortunately, Carly finds out just how far people will go to keep their secrets buried.

Carly was the girl. The one every girl wanted to be and every guy wanted to date. She was beautiful, brilliantly smart, persuasive, and overall intoxicating. She was the girl who knew everything about everyone. Carly was that girl—before she was killed in cold blood.

All Unquiet Things follows a simple enough premise. Similar plots have been popping up all over young adult literature. Although these are all worthy novels, there is something special about All Unquiet Things. It is simultaneously a mystery, a romance, a comedy, and a tragedy wrapped up in one thrilling book.

Anna Jarzab takes us into the minds of two incredibly unique and fascinating characters as they cope with the loss of a friend. Her flawless portrayal of each characters’ inner turmoil is impeccably real and heartfelt. Her prose is full of beautiful passages that give just the right amount of detail. Not only is her voice fresh and poignant, it is also true and lyrical in a way that is missing from most young adult fiction.

One of the most fascinating elements of the book is the author’s ability to inspire the reader to love Carly despite her problems. I admired her confidence and uniqueness. From the beginning to the end, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the girl who never loved herself.

All Unquiet Things isn’t a book about murder or love or lies. It isn’t preaching to teenagers to stop their self-destructive habits. Instead, it offers something that is often missing from life: hope. All Unquiet Things gives us permission to dream, hope, and create a better tomorrow.

Victoria Testa lives in New York City but is a beach bum at heart. When not writing or reading, she can be found surfing, swimming, and singing!

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