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All unquiet things, Anna Jarzab

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All unquiet things
Title
All unquiet things
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Anna Jarzab
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Language
eng
Summary
After the death of his ex-girlfriend Carly, Northern California high school student Neily joins forces with Carly's cousin Audrey to try to solve her murder
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Review
  • Gr. 9-12 With smooth assurance, Jarzab transforms what could have been a formulaic story of boarding-school students behaving badly into a fresh, compelling tale. Part mystery, part character study, the story hooks readers immediately, propelling them through a serpentine path of secrets and lies. Seventeen-year-old Neily found the body of his ex-girlfriend, Carly, on the Empire Creek bridge. A year later, Carly’s uncle is imprisoned for the crime, but neither Neily nor the victim’s cousin, Audrey, is convinced that he is the murderer. Forming an often-acrimonious partnership, the two teens narrate the chapters in alternating voices as they follow the clues to a nail-biting conclusion and discover the truth not only about the murder but also about themselves. The characters are distinct and memorable, but it is Neily who stands out with a pitch-perfect, sarcastic voice and a personality that surges from the pages of this promising debut. -- Rutan, Lynn (Reviewed 10-15-2009) (Booklist, vol 106, number 4, p58)
  • Gr 9 Up— This rich, psychological mystery opens with 17-year-old Neily Monroe standing on the bridge where, a year earlier, he found Carly Ribelli's body. Having gone from being her best friend to her boyfriend to a piece of detritus she left in her wake, it's no surprise that he is having trouble "getting over" Carly's murder. Nonetheless, he is determined to somehow make it through high school and move on. Then the school year starts and Neily is approached by Carly's cousin, Audrey. Since her father was convicted of the murder, Neily is surprised that she would come back to school. As it turns out, she is there to find out who really murdered Carly, and she is determined to have his help. The narrative alternates between the teens' perspectives, though Neily's voice—sarcastic and insightful—is the stronger of the two. The portrayal of the cliquey private high school is familiar but not clichéd. A satisfying story from a promising new author.—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA --Eliza Langhans (Reviewed February 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 2, p112)
  • Jarzab’s strong debut tracks teenage Neily and Audrey’s investigation of the murder of 16-year-old Carly—Audrey’s cousin and Neily’s ex—in an affluent San Francisco suburb one year after Audrey’s father is convicted of the crime. Neily is a bright, cynical senior at Brighton Day School; bitter after being dumped by Carly, he didn’t return her calls on the night of her death and still blames himself. Audrey, who has returned to Brighton after “a self-imposed exile,” badgers Neily into helping clear her father’s name (“I can tell that behind that weak Holden Caulfield affectation is a spongy, leaking heart desperate for some sort of closure”). The story shifts between Neily and Audrey’s points of view, but only a few times, letting readers sink into each character’s mindset—painful, unhealed wounds are evident underneath both Neily’s clinical, sarcastic exterior and Audrey’s more open, confident manner. It’s a slow-building, slow-burning mystery—Jarzab is as interested in probing Neily and Audrey’s emotional states and the ramifications of Carly’s murder as she is in solving it—but the author’s confident, literary prose makes for a tense and immersive thriller. Ages 14–up. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed December 14, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 50, p62)
  • Neily Monroe is struggling to adjust to life following the murder of his ex-girlfriend Carly and the guilt he feels for not responding to her final attempts to reach him. Their breakup had been especially painful and embarrassing for Neily. When Carly's cousin Audrey suggests the real killer is still at large, he thinks she is just trying to clear her father, who is serving time for the crime. Gradually, the two find clues in Carly's diary that make someone else a plausible suspect. What had appeared to be a family tragedy triggered by a dispute over money now threatens to expose the darker side of an upscale and privileged clique. This is a sophisticated teen mystery, more introspective than action-oriented. Told as it is through the voices of both Neily and Audrey, readers get to know as much about the troubled girl they both loved as they do the principals. The adults are well drawn, and the impact of their unresolved issues intriguing. Less successful as a mystery than as a subtle look at family tensions and entitlement, at which it excels. (Mystery. 14 & up) (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2009)
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336282
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DLC
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Jarzab, Anna
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • 9
  • 12
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True
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  • Social classes
  • Interpersonal relations in adolescence
  • Schools
  • High schools
  • Murder
  • California, Northern
Target audience
adolescent
Label
All unquiet things, Anna Jarzab
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
339 p.
Isbn
9780385907231
Isbn Type
(lib. bdg.)
Lccn
2009011557
System control number
(OCoLC)318242586
Label
All unquiet things, Anna Jarzab
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
339 p.
Isbn
9780385907231
Isbn Type
(lib. bdg.)
Lccn
2009011557
System control number
(OCoLC)318242586

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