by Jeannine Garsee
Publication Date: July 17th, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
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Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother.My first impression about ‘The Unquiet’ is that this book is super creepy! I love a good ghost story, and this book definitely doesn’t disappoint. It’s mysterious and eerie, and will keep you guessing right up to the end!
After a suicide attempt, and now her parents' separation, Rinn and her mom move from California to the rural Ohio town where her mother grew up. Back on her medications and hoping to stay well, Rinn settles into her new home, undaunted by the fact that the previous owner hanged herself in Rinn's bedroom. At school, her classmates believe the school pool is haunted by Annaliese, a girl who drowned there. But when a reckless séance goes awry, and terrible things start happening to her new friends—yet not to her—Rinn is determined to find out why she can’t be "touched" by Annaliese...or if Annaliese even exists.
With the help of Nate Brenner, the hunky “farmer boy” she’s rapidly falling for, Rinn devises a dangerous plan to uncover the truth. Soon reality and fantasy meld into one, till Rinn finds it nearly impossible to tell the difference. When a malevolent force threatens the lives of everyone she cares about--not to mention her own--she can't help wondering: who should she really be afraid of?
Annaliese? Or herself? (Goodreads)
The main character in the story, Rinn, is a highly flawed young lady. She’s bipolar, and she’s made a lot of bad choices in her life that she is now paying for. Even with all of these flaws, I still found a way to connect with her on a really strange level. I really enjoyed the relationship between Rinn and the boy that lives across the street, Nate. It wasn’t love at first sight for these two, but a relationship that grew over time. I love the sarcasm between the two the most. Ha!
I had a hard time connecting with almost all of the secondary characters, most being the ‘friends’ that Rinn made at her new school. Then there were a few characters that I really wanted to know more about, that we were left hanging about. (As in the janitor, Nate’s dad, Rinn’s dad, etc.)
The world-building and pacing for the book was very well done. The mystery in the book definitely kept me guessing. I flew through the pages just to know what was going to happen next. I did expect a bit more from the ending after the intense build-up throughout the book. I did like that this book could be left as a stand-alone book, or could have a future sequel as well.
Overall, I found this to be a really enjoyable ghost story. The characters, while flawed, were interesting and the mystery kept me hooked. I am really looking forward to reading more by this author in the future.