Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee

The Unquiet
Good Reads Summary
The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee

Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother.

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?

My Thoughts 
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Sure, she’s new girl who inexplicably fits in with the popular crowd. Inexplicably, because she’s admittedly rude, short tempered and distant. Sure, Mr. Popularity (and a couple of others) have the hots for her. Yet, how much did enjoy this one? Maybe a Three point five? A four?

I like that she had no filter. I was fascinated but a bit iffy on her descriptions of her highs and lows. Her recollection of what she was and what she could do in an episode piqued my curiosity. I’m not a hundred percent on the rightness of what she was describing, but it was all intriguing. Too bad, that that’s eclipsed by maybe hauntings because she’s just not sure… and therefore so was I! I also enjoyed the boy who’s just there. Because with him there’s this the sweet snarky thing that went one and on and had me liking them a little more. I even enjoyed the haunting moments which mostly worked for me. Still, me enjoying the lead up to the ending and the actual ending itself? Two wholly different things.

Manic then not. With the way Rinn: excited, scared, paranoid had me feeling much the same. Most of it was tense and creepy and scary, but with her describing her day to day things were also confusing and troubling. I enjoyed maybe 80% of this until the ending,(view spoiler)[ that flashback thing close to the end where she things fall in to place and she gets why things were happening, (hide spoiler)] that felt too over the top in an already loaded story. How much do you want to add when the protag is self confessed crazy, in a setting that involves a haunted high school?

Her friends. They actually made for a more interesting read if you set aside that she’d become part of the It crown so suddenly. I liked them, the cattiness, the bitchiness. I liked how each of them brought something to the story. Meg and her cheer obsession. Tasha and her odd swimming obsessed mother. Then the completely unlikeable but likeable for that same reason: Lacy, I think her name was? She may play a small part in this but I think she was the most interesting out of all of the. If only because she’s so unapologetically bitchy.

The boyfriend. Perhaps one of the more interesting pairings I’ve come across in a long time. Is he typical YA popular boy? Yes and no. He’s popular, good looking. And he likes her but there’s really no reason for him to do so… and yet, I just liked the easy snarky way they bantered. He’s a little like Tuck (Unearthly,) and not just the country boy thing that she’s jokehim a bout. There’s an easy way to him. Accepting and there but only to an extent.

Haunting... or maybe not? The lead up to the confrontation was so effectively creepy having me just as paranoid as Rinn. Every explanation she came up with had her seeming more off hinge and paranoid. So figuring out if she was thinking straight and if something else really was going on was the most interesting part of this.

I personally don’t like how things came to light, how she connected things in the end. There could have been other ways, I think. The scrap books for instance... and going the way that it did felt unnecessarily erg gimmicky. But that’s my problem. Over all, The Unquiet was effectively creepy, more so with a narrator that to be reliable but just aren’t one hundred percent about.

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