Sunday, June 28, 2009

And Then Everything Unraveled by Jennifer Sturman

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 - except 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.

I felt like this book just got me. It was a mix of my favorite things, a little sleuthing (I love Veronica Mars) a pair of crazy aunts (I love Pushing Daisies) one who has fabulous taste in 80s movies, a cute boy, New York City and ice cream. Yes, there is a lot of ice cream in this book, I kid you not! I just loved this book.

I loved the mystery in the story and really I still don't know how it going to end, can you say sequel! I found the book really funny too, Delia's descriptions of her cousin's facial expressions, just priceless. And Delia in general was just a great character, I really liked her. She was one of many strong characters in a great cast. They were all unique from the P.I. with the cute ties to Natalie the girl that promised her parents she would go to a party to work on her social skills!

There are so many elements in this story I guess I shouldn't have been surprised to find out that the story is left open for a sequel. I need that sequel NOW! It ends with so many unanswered questions, I must know what's going to happen! It reminded me a lot of how Kiss Me, Kill Me and Kisses and Lies acted together, almost thinking of the first book and sequel as one book split into two.

I found this to be a great opener to a really interesting story. I can't wait to see where the story picks up and check out some of the author's adult titles in the meantime.

And Then Everything Unraveled will be released on July 1st.

4.5/5 Stars

ARC provided by publisher


  1. Sounds like a fun book. I like the title.

  2. I adore crazy relatives. Sounds like fun!

  3. Did you say Veronica Mars? This sounds like a fun book. I will have to look for it. Thanks, Alea, for the great review.

  4. Sounds really fab! Is this an adult or a YA? Sounds like it could go either way...

  5. Emily- It's YA!

  6. Anonymous9:09 PM

    This book was on my list July releases that looked interesting. I'm glad you liked it. Now I want to read it even more. :P

  7. This is in my TBR pile, and now I can't wait to read it!

  8. This sounds awesome, fun, and light. Definitely checking it out!

  9. Sounds great! The description of the aunts in the summary sort of reminds me of Hilda and Zelda from Sabrina the Teenage Witch!

  10. It sounds like a great book, I think I would really enjoy it. Great review :)


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