And Then Everything Unraveled by Jennifer Sturman

Title: And Then Everything Unraveled
Author: Jennifer Sturman
Young Adult
256 pages
Publisher: Point (July 1, 2009)
Rating: 4.25 out of 5

About the book:
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.

My Review:
Cordelia Truesdale or Delia had a nice, carefree life in California with 2 best friends and a school she likes. All this comes to an abrupt end when her mom T.K goes on an environmental trip to Antarctica. Her ship is said to have disappeared and everyone, including her mom’s manager Thad, believes she is dead. But Delia is not convinced. After all there no body is found.

When her mother’s will is read, Delia is sent to her aunts Patience and Charity to New York. Although Delia believes her mom is going to return, she has no choice. She decides to investigate into the matter from New York.

This book was awesome, really. I could not keep it down. It was just so much fun with all the quirky characters. The fun and carefree Charity, the controlling and uptight Patience, her genius geek friend Natalie, the psychic Carolina, and yes the very cute and handsome Quinn. Quinn reminded me a lot of the guy from the movie The Cinderella Story staring Hilary Duff. A caricature, yes, but cute anyway. The sense of humor was amazing and I found myself laughing out loud many times.

From the blurb I thought this book would be funny, but I was really unprepared for how sad I felt for Delia and what she was going through. Maintaining a level of humor and yet making Delia’s pain real was a very good and difficult balance. That was one of the reasons I liked the book more.

I was kind of surprised when everyone called their parents by their first name. I mean, is that normal? I didn’t find any explanation of that in the book, so it left me a little confused. But other than that, And Then Everything Unraveled
was very good.

This book obviously has a sequel. But this book has just released, so I wonder how long I will have to wait for that. Anyway, do read it if you like Young adult or just want to tuck into a nice, fun novel.

About the Author (from Amazon)
JENNIFER STURMAN is the acclaimed author of several adult mystery novels, including The Pact and The Jinx. After graduating from Harvard College, Jennifer earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. She now lives in New York City, a few blocks from Delia’s aunt. She has no free time, but if she did she would probably spend it watching teen movie classics and playing poker.

17 thoughts on “And Then Everything Unraveled by Jennifer Sturman

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  1. Uhg, I hate it in books when the characters call their parents by their first names with no explanation. I think if I called my parents by their first names, they’d slap me. Once I called my aunt by her first name (without prefixing it with “aunt”), and they blew a gasket like whoa.


  2. I know a few people who call their parents by their first names. I find it really weird though. In one case it was because they fostered a lot of children, so the ‘real children’ just copied the fostered ones. In the other case I think they were just weird!


  3. This sounds good, Violet! Thanks for your comment on my blog.

    If I had seen this earlier I would have added it to my Friday Find, I like it so much! LOL

    I knew someone down the road from me, when I was a kid — who called their parents by their first name. I never understood why – I thought he was adopted, but he wasn’t!



  4. I love fun and quirky, so this sounds like one for me 😀 Actually, I love funny books that also have a sad side.

    And on a side note, what a pretty cover!


    1. me too, it was just that I didn’t expect it to be sad and it was a pleasant surprise 🙂

      I love the cover too, it looks even better in person.


  5. I’m not sure if I have the balls to call my mom by her first name. I just can’t out of respect, and not because they’d blow up or anything like that.

    Great review, Violet!


  6. My daughter, who is five, calls me by my first name when she’s annoyed with me. And she manages to really drag out the three syllables. Hard not to laugh!

    Really, though, no, I don’t think that’s the norm.

    I think I need to add this one to my TBR list after reading your review!


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