Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Age Group: YA
Rating: 4/5
Source: Publisher

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?

Lately, I have been on a craving for horror novels and THE UNQUIET defiantly helped my craving. When I first began reading this book, I thought there was no way this book was going to be crazy because it is a teen horror novel and usually teen horror novels aren't scary, but I was way wrong and even though I knew I shouldn't have been reading this book at night, I still did and it left me sleepless for many days. People even died in this book.

Rinn is the main character and she's not like most protagonists in YA literature, she has bipolar disorder. She takes medication for it and when she's on her medication, she's like a normal teenage girl and has friends. But when she's off her medication is when it's bad for her. She's reckless and begins hearing voices. There's also Nate. He's the popular boy, but when Rinn tells him about her bipolar disorder, he stays by her side and doesn't run away. He likes that she's new and after meeting with each other, they begin dating so there is romance in this novel as well.

The plot was very interesting with the whole ghost haunting theme and the author did a great job of keeping the creepy factor in and not letting the story become a comedy. If you want to read a teen horror novel or just another horror novel, this book is for you. It' scary, there's a romance, and it will keep you up all night. Just look at that cover, makes me want to put the book face down because I feel like something is going to jump out at me. 

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